Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Jamshedpur FC vs Kerala Blasters Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa. This was Aneesh Dey bringing you the pre-match buildup and minute-by-minute updates.
That is all for today. Thanks for tuning in. We will meet you tomorrow when Bengaluru FC faces league leader Hyderabad FC at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim. Goodnight and take care.
Read match report:
Updated points table:
Full time (Jamshedpur FC 3-0 Kerala Blasters FC)!!
90+2' Hormipam has been carried off the pitch after that clash of heads with his goalkeeper. Hopefully, it is nothing serious. KBFC has completed its quota of substitutions, which means it will play the remainder of added time with 10 men.
Five added minutes!!
89' Sipovic shows hesitation in clearing the ball and Stewart almost capitalises on that. Gill rushed to pounce on the loose ball but Gill does well to reach the ball and clear it. But he has injured teammate Hormipam in the process.
88' JFC Sub- Laldinpuia replaces Ritwik.
87' Chencho whips in a dangerous low cross from the right but Sabia does well to clear the ball.
86' KBFC Sub- Givson Singh replaces Puitea.
84' JFC Sub- Mobashir Rahman replaces Jitendra.
83' Booking- Flurry of yellow cards being shown right now. It is JFC skipper Peter Hartley who sees yellow.
82' Booking- Khabra is the latest Kerala player to get booked. This is his fourth yellow card so he won't be available for the next match against SC East Bengal.
82' Booking- Sandeep Singh of KBFC sees yellow.
79' KBFC Subs- Chencho Gyeltshen and Ruivah Hormipam replace Leskovic and Sahal.
78' Shot- Vazquez with a low-hard first-time shot from the right but Rehenesh collects it easily. The effort had venom but the angle was always against the Spaniard.
75' Sahal with a wonderful solo run inside the JFC box as he goes past a couple of JFC players. In the end, he tries to do too much and ends up losing possession.
71' JFC triple change - Len Doungel, Ishan Pandita and Alexandre Lima replace Boris, Pronay and Chima.
69' Close- Ritkwik Das tries a curler as he attempts to slot the ball into the far-corner of Gill's goal. For a second, it felt like the ball would go in but it goes out of play after grazing the top of the net.
65' Almost goal number four for JFC. All Boris had to do was find a teammate with his cross from the right. However, he cannot do it and passes it straight to Jeakson.
64' Vazquez with a good opportunity to penetrate the JFC defence but Hartley uses his strength and experience to bundle the ball off Vazquez.
61' Kerala resorting to playing long balls but it is not working out for Ivan Vukomanovic's men. Right now, Jamshedpur seems very comfortable in the match.
56' KBFC Sub- Sandeep Singh comes in for Meitei.
53' GOOOALLL!!! ITS THREE FOR JAMSHEDPUR!! ITS CHIMA!! Stewart took a quick freekick and sent the ball to Boris. Boris cuts the ball to the centre of the box and Chima was there to lash the ball inside the net with a sweet finish.
53' Booking- Kerala's Adrian Luna sees yellow.
48' GOOOALL!! STEWART SCORES HIS SECOND PENALTY!! It was a wonderful Panenka penalty by Stewart as he dinked the ball in the middle of the goal.
46' It is another penalty to Jamshedpur. This time Boris is brought down inside the box by Leskovic.
46' KBFC Sub- Prasanth Karuthadathkuni replaces Vincy.
We are back for the second half!!
It seemed like both teams would head into the break level at 0-0, but a careless penalty conceded by Kerala at the 45th minute allowed Jamshedpur to take the lead. Greg Stewart, on penalty duty, made no mistake as he slotted the ball inside the net, sending Gill the wrong way.
Stay tuned!! Live-action is coming up from the second half!!
Half time (Jamshedpur FC 1-0 Kerala Blasters FC)!!
45+2' Shot- Stewart shoots from the edge of the box on the turn, but his shot sails above the crossbar.
Two added minutes!!
45' GOOOALL!! Stewart scores from the spot!! (JFC 1-0 KBFC)
44' Penalty to Jamshedpur as Stewart is brought down inside the box!!
41' Shot- Puitea shoots from outside the box but the shot is a poor one. It is miles off-target.
39' Luna swings in a good ball inside the JFC box from a freekick, but it ends up with Rehenesh.
38' Stewart goes low as he shoots across the wall. The ball was always moving away from goal but it forced a dive from Gill nonetheless.
36' Khabra with a crunching challenge on Ritwik- it is a JFC freekick. Stewart standing over the ball.
34' Sahal thought he was clear on goal as he got past Hartley but the referee raises his flag for offside.
30' Shot- Jeakson shoots from an ambitious distance but cannot keep his shot on-target.
28' Stewart tries to muscle his way inside the Kerala box but Puitea puts in a good challenge to snatch possession from the former.
24' Vazquez does well to cross the ball inside the box after being closely marked by Hartley. However, the cross does not find any Kerala teammate.
20' Booking- Daniel Chima Chukwu sees yellow for his high-boot challenge on Leskovic.
20' Boris attempts a cross inside the box from the right but ends up hitting the side-netting.
17' Jamshedpur currently dominating possession with 53% of the ball.
14' A good cross by Vincy inside the JFC box but the experienced Hartley is at the right place to clear the ball away from danger.
11' Block- Ritwik Das lines a shot from the right side of the box but it is a good block by Sipovic.
7' It is JFC doing majority of the attacking right now. The Kerala players are pegged back inside their own half at the moment.
5' Stewart goes short as he squares the ball to Laldinliana on the right. Dinliana sends in a good ball inside the KBFC box but the team does well to clear its lines.
4' Sipovic fouls Stewart and it is a JFC freekick.
2' Chukwu sends a cross from the right. Ritwik and Gill, both goes for the ball and clashes against each other. Gill has come off worse and is getting medical attention.
7:30 pm: And we are underway!!
7:16 pm: What are the coaches saying?
7:00 pm: Key player for each team!!
6:45 pm: Stat!!
6:35 pm: Starting lineups are out!!
Jamshedpur FC: TP Rehenesh(GK); Ricky, Hartley(C), Sabia Laldinliana; Jitendra, Ritwik, Boris, Pronay; Stewart, Chima.
Subs: Pawan(GK); Laldinpuia, Narender, Sandip, Anas; Doungel, Lima, Mobashir; Pandita.
Coach: Owen Coyle.
Kerala Blasters FC: Gill(GK); Meitei, Leskovic, Sipovic; Khabra, Lalthathanga, Sahal, Jeakson, Vincy, Luna(C); Vazquez.
Subs: Karanjit(GK); Muheet(GK); Sandeep, Ruivah, Stalin, Bijoy, Givson, Prasanth; Chencho
Coach: Ivan Vukomanovic
6:15 pm: Highlights of when both teams met earlier in the season!!
6:00 pm: Here is how we think both teams will lineup!!
Jamshedpur FC Predicted XI: Rehenesh TP, Narender Gahlot, Laldinliana Renthlei, Peter Hartley, Ricky Lallawmawma, Alexandre Lima, Jitendra Singh, Seimeinlen Doungel, Greg Stewart, Boris Singh, Daniel Chima Chukwu.
Kerala Blasters Predicted XI: Prabhsukhan Gill (GK), Nishu Kumar, Ruivah Hormipam, Marko Leskovic, Ayush Adhikari, Harmanjot Khabra, Sahal Samad, Adrian Luna, Jeakson Singh, Jorge Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez.
5:45 pm: Head-to-head record!!
Both sides have played nine matches out of which six have ended in a draw. Jamshedpur FC has recorded two wins while Kerala Blasters FC has managed one.
After beating NorthEast United 2-1, and thus returning to its winning ways, Kerala Blasters takes on Jamshedpur FC at Bambolim's GMC Athletic Stadium on Thursday.
A win will make the men from Kochi – they are on 23 points from 13 games and are placed second -- join Hyderabad FC atop the table.
They, however, must be well aware that it wouldn't be easy against a Jamshedpur side that would be desperate to bounce back after going down 1-3 to Bengaluru FC in the last match.
Before that defeat though, Owen Coyle’s boys had been on a three-game winning streak. They are just one point behind Blasters and are placed fifth. Coyle knows Blasters is a tough opponent.
“They have a good coach and some wonderful players,” he said.
“We drew the game the last time against them; we could have won. We created a lot of opportunities in the last game and we need to be more clinical.”
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They would also need to keep in check the fabulous foreign trio of Blasters – Adrian Luna, Jorge Pereyra Diaz and Alvaro Vazquez, who scored that stunning goal from the half-way line against NorthEast.
Ivan Vukomanovic’s boys are ready for the challenge from Jamshedpur. “We want to fight for the fans,” said the coach.
“The energy we get from them is amazing. We are motivated to finish higher up the table. We are all smiling together and enjoying playing together. It is very tight but we will keep fighting.”
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