The 24th match of the Indian Super League saw Jamshedpur FC claim a victory over FC Goa at the Fatorda Stadium. Sergio Castel scored the only goal in the 17th minute. The Steelers held on to dear life despite FC Goa’s relentless pursuit to secure an equalizer.
With the victory, Jamshedpur have now leapfrogged FC Goa into the 2nd place to equal their points with 2-time champions ATK.
How the Steelers stole the game
FC Goa started the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, while Jamshedpur FC was aware of the attacking threat their opponents had and started with a 4-5-1 formation.
After the visitors got the game underway, Ahmed Jahouh committed a foul and went into the referee’s book in the 4th minute. A couple of minutes later, Jakichand Singh found the ball in a shooting distance from the keeper. His shot was blocked out by the vastly experienced Subrata Paul and a rebound was too weak for him to make any movement as he saved it comfortably.
CK Vineeth received a cross in the 11th-minute but his volley was nowhere near the Gaurs goal. In the 17th minute, Farukh Choudhary gave a pass to Sergio Castel who was unmarked in the Gaurs box. He took his time to control the ball and made no mistake in putting it past Nawaz, giving the Steelers the lead on the night.
Goa didn’t take conceding the goal lightly. They showed relentless attacking in the next couple of minutes. Brandon Fernandes found Edu Bedia, but his shot hit Tiri and a corner was given. Jakichand Singh once again found himself attacking the right side, this time his shot was wide of the goal and made no threat for the keeper.
In the 40th minute, Jamshedpur defender Jitendra Singh launched a strike which was perfectly dipping into the goal. Had it not been for Mohammed Nawaz’s last-second touch, it was a sure second goal for the visitors.
The 42nd minute was slightly controversial. A cross from Jakichand Singh was headed goal-wards by Edu Bedia, the ball had just crossed the line, but it hit Subrata’s foot and wasn’t given a goal. Subrata once again made a save in the added time of the first half to deny the Gaurs their redemption goal.
The second half consisted of FC Goa’s relentlessly finding different ways to secure the equalizer. They made plenty of efforts which were either just wide of the goal or they were being saved by Subrata Paul.
Ahmed Jahouh made a rather lousy tackle on Noe Acosta who was sprinting down the left-wing. He was nowhere near the ball and received his marching orders after being shown the 2nd yellow card on the night. After Ahmed’s red, the Gaurs weren’t in the right spirit and saw the game off.
FC Goa lost their first game of this season and moved to the 4th place, while Jamshedpur could finally breathe a sigh as they moved into the 2nd place.