Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's semifinal clash between Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa.
This was Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the pre-match buildup minute-by-minute updates of this high-voltage clash. That was all for the night. We will be back tomorrow for the second leg of the second semifinal between Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan.
Thanks for tuning in and take very good care of yourselves.
Follow the second semifinal live here: ISL semifinal SF4 Highlights, ATKMB 1-0 HFC: Hyderabad enters maiden final after 3-2 win on aggregate
Kerala Blasters 1-1 Jamshedpur FC
In spite of getting a goal back in the second half, it was too little too late for the Men in Steel as Kerala Blasters marched into the finals of the Indian Super League for the third time in the league's history, winning the semifinal 2-1 in aggregate.
90' Vazquez tries to get the ball into attack, but ends up giiving JFC a throw in. Meanwhile Vincy Barretto comes on for Alvaro Vazquez
88' Khabra steals the ball off Ritwik, keeping KFC's attack in check and playing a crucial role in Kerala's successful run this season. What a veteran of Indian Football!
87' Luna clears the ball of the KBFC box as Pandita tries to keep the ball in play with a header ffrom a difficult angle and JFC eventually gets the ball up front -- crosses from Lima, then Ricky, then Laldinpuia. JFC is attacking and then Lima slips at the vital moment to put that development to bed
82' Yellow Card! This time Puitea gets into the book for a rash cchallenge as KBFC tries ti run the clock down with heavy defence
81' Pandita tries to head the ball with a long ball from the JFC half, but Leskovic is there to keep the Indian forward in check
79' Save! Stewart takes the free kick, which is met by Pandita, but Gill is there to make a crucial save to deny JFC the second goal tonight, so far
78' Free Kick! As the match resumes, Luna takes the free kick, which is caught comfortably by Rehenesh
76' Time for the second water break!
75' Diaz makes a brilliant run from the half-way line into the final third and Mobashir pulls him down for a KBFC free kick -- a chance for a set-piece for Ivan's men
74' Double change for JFC! In: Alex Lima, Narender Gehlot, Out: Peter Hartley, Jitenadra Singh
72' Stewart gets the ball along the right wing, crosses intop the box, but nobody is there to head the ball into the net. The JFC players -- all of them were too high into the box for the cross
70' Greg Stewart takes the free kick, which is touched by Hartley in the box, but the shot lacked force as Gill controls the ball well enough to avoid any further danger from that set-piece
69' Dinpuia gets the ball in the opposition box, but a handball by the player ends that attack with a foul in favour of KBFC
66' Stewart shoots on target, but Gill's punch is cleared by Diaz as JFC comes close to scoring yet again tonight.
65' Foul! Hormipam concedes a foul for KBFC as Greg steps up to take the free kick.
64' Shot! Ishan Pandita gets the ball in the midfield and goes for goal from distance, hitting on the volley. But the shot is off target
62' Double Substitution for JFC! In: Jordan Murray, Mobashir Rahman, Out: Daniel Chima, Pronay Halder
60' Khabra keeps Ritwik in check with his forward runs, intercepting long balls, heading away crosses and making sure KBFC remains on top
57' Yellow Card! Hartley tries to get the ball in attack with a long pass from the back, but he is fouled by Jeakson, who has just come on and gets into the book right away
55' Free kick for Kerala Blasters with Puitea and Luna step up to take it. Luna takes it and Leskovic makes a run into the box, but his header is just too wide
51' Chance! A defensive error gives Vazquez space on the left and he makes a run to shoot, but Rehenesh gets a key touch and then Sabia clears the ball away
50' GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Stewart takes the corner kick and Pronay Halder puts the ball into the net
KBFC 1-1 JFC
48' Vazquez gets a wonderfull ball of Puitea, but he is ruled offside
47' JFC pressing high early on in the second half and it's is Vazquez who tracks back into his own half to clear the ball away
Kerala Blasters 1-0 Jamshedpur FC
45' Free Kick! Greg takes the free kick, but Eli Sabia is ruled off-side with the attack ending after that decision. Free kick to KBFC
44' Foul! Puitea fouls Greg and JFC gets another free kick for a promising set-piece attempt
42' Stewart's free kick is fisted up by Gill and Sabia and Hartley rush to get the ball, with Chima there and eventually the referee gives a foul against JFC
41' Pandita gets the ball from Ritwik, makes a run into the KBFC box, but his cross is cleared by Leskovic as the boys in yellow enjoy a 2-0 lead on aggregate
39' Foul by Chukwu! Hormipam gets a strong hand-blow by Chima and the referee fouls the Nigerian
36' Off side! Stewart takes the free kick which eventually falls for Chima and he strikes the ball into the net. However, after a check by the referee, the goal is ruled out
32' Yellow Card! As the match resumes, Ayush brings down Pronay to pick up the first booking of the match
30' Time for a cooling break!
28' Stewart loses the ball again and tries to get it back off Sandeep and gets a throw in
27' Substitution for JFC! In: PC Laldinpuia, Out: Ladinliana Renthlei
27' Leskovic disposses Stewart this time as the Scottish forward tries to play the ball forward. Greg has been kept in check by Vukomanovic's men throughout the semifinals
24' Foul! Sandeep and Pandita tries to get to the ball and Sandeep ends up fouling Ishan.
22' Free Kick! JFC gets a free kick with Greg Stewart steping up to take the free kick, which is headed away by KBFC. Another disappointing set-piece attempt by JFC
18' GOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!! Luna makes a run into the final third, turns left and right and hits a curler right into the net
KBFC 1-0 JFC
16' Luna gets the ball on the left flank, crosses for Diaz, who had made a run into the JFC box, but Rehenesh intercepts the pass to end that attack for KBFC
14' Block! Ayush gets the ball from the left by Diaz, but his shot is blocked by JFC captain Peter Hartley, who put his body in the line for that challenge
13' Another offside! JFC is maintaining a high line as Luna is caught offside again, trying to make a run along the right
9' Off Side! A pandemonium in the JFC box has the football fall for Diaz , who buries the ball into the net. But he is ruled offside and the score remains 0-0
7' Luna looks to be infuriated with the on-field referee and meanwhile KBFC continues to press high, with Diaz forcing a throw-in the the JFC half with a jump
6' KBFC marches forward with JFC playing very poor in defence. Vazquez penetrates the midfied and passes to Ayush, who almost gets to it in the JFC bix and Rehenesh gets the ball back eventually
4' Hartley takes a free kick from the back and aims for Greg, who indicates the pass to be towards the middle. Pandita gets the ball eventually and his shot is deflected to the KBFC keeper, who somehow manages to kick the ball away for a JFC throw-in
2' Miss! Vazquez gets the ball in the final third off Diaz's pass, and he goes for goal with a lofted pass. However the shot is off target with Rehenesh towhere near it whatsoever
7:30 pm: Kick off!
7:25 pm: The players are out on the field with both the sides in their home kits. They line up for the National Anthem of India and will then take their positions on the field.
The stage is set for the fight to the final. Let the contest begin!
7:15 pm: What are the coaches saying?
7:00 pm: Two changes for each team!
Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC, both have made two changes each for the second leg. The Blasters have brought in Sandeep and Nishu Kumar, replacing Sanjeev Stalin and Sahal Abdul Samad.
Jamshedpur FC, on the other hand, have replaces PC Laldinpuia with Laldinliana Renthlei and injured Seiminlen Doungel with Ishan Pandita
6:50 pm: TEAM FORM - Jamshedpur FC wass on a seven-match winning run and will be looking to make a comeback after a 1-0 loss to Kerala Blasters in the first leg of the semifinal.
Kerala Blasters, on the other hand, has earned eight points from a possible 15 and will try to build on its slender lead, found off Sahal's foot -- someone who is missing from its squad tonight, with a hamstring injury
6:32 pm: Confirmed starting lineups are out!
Kerala Blasters Starting XI: (4-4-2) Prabhsukhan Gill (GK) — Sandeep, Hormipam, Marko Leskovic, Harmanjot Khabra — Ayush Adhikari, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Nishu Kumar, Adrian Luna (C) — Jose Pereyra Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez.
Jamshedpur FC Starting XI:(4-2-3-1) TP Rehenesh (GK) — Ricky Lallawmawma, Dinliana, Eli Sabia, Peter Hartley — Jitendra Singh, Pronay Halder — Ritwik Das, Ishan Pandita, Greg Stewart — Daniel Chukwu.
Predicted Line-ups: Here is how we think the two sides will lineup tonight?
Kerala Blasters Predicted XI (4-4-2 Probable): Prabhsukhan Gill (GK) — Sanjeev Stalin, Hormipam, Marko Leskovic, Harmanjot Khabra — Ayush Adhikari, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Sahal Samad, Adrian Luna (C) — Jose Pereyra Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez.
Jamshedpur FC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1 Probable): TP Rehenesh (GK) — Ricky Lallawmawma, PC Laldinpuia, Eli Sabia, Peter Hartley — Jitendra Singh, Pronay Halder -- Ritwik Das, Greg Stewart, Mobashir Rahman — Daniel Chukwu.
Jamshedpur FC is in a tough situation going into Tuesday’s second leg of its Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) semifinal against Kerala Blasters. It may be trailing only by a goal – after Blasters’ 1-0 victory in the opening leg – but it has a massive task on its hands against a confident, resourceful rival at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco.
Jamshedpur has to defend tightly – conceding an early goal could be disastrous – and it must score to equalise before it can afford to think of taking the lead and sealing its maiden spot in the summit clash. And it has to be sharper upfront: it cannot afford to waste the scoring opportunities the way it did in the first leg at Fatorda.
In that match, the Red Miners had three clear chances before Blasters took the lead, through a 38th-minute strike from Sahal Samad. Daniel Chima Chukwu was guilty on two occasions. Jamshedpur needs an improved performance from the Nigerian, who has netted seven goals from ten matches after his move from SC East Bengal midway through the season, and the team’s best player Greg Stewart, who had a forgettable game at Fatorda.
Talking ahead of the game, Jamshedpur coach Owen Coyle said his side's strategy would remain the same. "We won’t be changing our approach. Anybody that watches Jamshedpur knows that we go every game with a winning mentality, and we have to win this match if we wish to progress to the finals and for that to happen, we need to score those two goals."
He added, "In terms of our approach, similar to our final game of the season (league phase) against ATK Mohun Bagan, we knew that even a small margin or loss would have resulted in us being the Champions and the best team in the country, but we still approached the game to win the match, so our approach won’t change."
As for Blasters, it will be hoping its in-form, talented quartet in the midfield-frontline continue their remarkable run. Adrian Luna, Alvaro Vazquez, Jorge Pereyra Diaz and Samad have scored 27 of their team’s 34 goals.
If even one of them could come up with a moment of inspiration – as they have in the past – there will be plenty to celebrate for the Blasters fans.
Ivan Vukomanovic, Kerala Blasters' coach, said the first leg's result would have little bearing on Tuesday's game. "We won't even look any more at the last game, even that result 1-0. It doesn't give us any guarantee, no security for tomorrow's game. Tomorrow's game is a new game. It's a new day. We have to play with full concentration and focus on all the things that we want to achieve and show on the pitch," he said.
"Tomorrow we are starting our game 0-0, like playing finals, actually every game since we started this competition, it was like that because we don't expect anybody to help us. We have to enter the fight, it will be a physical fight, it will be even harder and more difficult than the last one," he added.
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