ISL 2020-21 Highlights, BFC vs JFC: Eze takes Jamshedpur past Bengaluru

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Stephen Eze

Jamshedpur FC's Stephen Eze celebrates scoring against Bengaluru FC in the ISL on Monday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the ISL 2020-21 Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FC clash.

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MATCH REPORT| ISL 2020-21: Eze goal gives Jamshedpur win over Bengaluru

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Here's what the coach of the winning side, Owen Coyle, said: "We throughly deserved the three points. We should be on top of the league. What's happened with us on and off the field - we have played nine games in 38 days... no other team has. This group of players deserve all the credit."

He added, "Bengaluru have big, strong, physical players. I was disappointed in the first half because we worked well in space but never delivered the ball. We were better in second half. We need to become better with our final deliveries. Peter and (Alex) Lima took pain injections to play. This group has been unbelievable. The subs were 18 and 19 years old and are fantastic to work with. The boys give everything for their teammates."

Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat: "It is important to score goals and we did not today. We arrived several times with clear opportunities to score. It's not about which striker to choose, it's about putting the ball inside. You see the kind of chances..it's about the decision you take in the moment. Even when Suresh played it to Cleiton, you can't blame the striker....it's the little things...that's football."

On game plan: "There was no other plan. It was very close to happening because we know about the space between their central defenders and fullbacks and the balls we served to Cleiton and Sunil worked pretty well. We had chances to score. When we score and lead1-0 its a different game and when they score you have different problems because it's easy for them to be compact ans not offer space."

On taking off Suresh: "As you know, the coach is the one who knows what's happening day after day. At that moment Suresh had a yellow card. We tried to put Cleiton into a more of a centre position and bring on a fast winger. The plan was to finish with 3-5-2 and have Leon and Edmund making runs inside and try to get something from Sunil, Deshorn and Cleiton."

Here's what the hero of the game, T. P. Rehenesh, had to say: "Bengaluru is one of the best teams in the league and keeping a cleansheet against them is a happy moment. It was a very tough task to defend a 1-0 lead because the game can change at anytime It was a 100 percent team effort. All the boys showed character and desire to win. I am happy for team and myself."

Talking ahead of th next clash, he said, "Everyone knows Kerala Blasters is one of the best sides. They have played two good games and it will be a big task for us. Hopefully we play our game and get the maximum points."

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There seems to be a war of words between Dimas and coach Coyle and the match officials intervene to ensure it does not escalate. Over to the post-match quotes now!

FULL TIME! Stephen Eze's header sees Jamshedpur FC earn a 1-0 win over Bengaluru FC. The result sees Jamshedpur leapfrog Bengaluru and climb to the third spot on the ISL table.

Bengaluru had its fair share of chances but simply failed to capitalise on them as it slips to its second successive loss.

90+6' This doesn't look too good for Jamshedpur as Eze is down clutching his back ans has to be stretchered off the pitch. Jamshedpur is now down to 10 men for the remaining seconds.

90+5' Silva aims to curl it into the top corner but can't quite find the target. Rehenesh did not even bother moving.

90+4' Free-kick to Bengaluru from a promising position! Silva to take the kick.

90' Bengaluru throwing men ahead in search of a late equaliser and Jamshedpur doing all it can to hold on. Five minutes to be added on.

87' Silva goes into the book for dissent. Fourth Bengaluru player to be shown a yellow card today.

86' Two changes for both sides. Jamshedpur: Mobashir is replaced by Jitendra Singh and Amarjit Singh comes on for Alex Lima. Bengaluru: Ajith Kumar and Edmund Lalrindika replace Bheke and Pratik.

85' Rehenesh makes another fantastic save to deny Bheke! Dimas' corner loops toward the far post and Bheke gets off a powerful header that produces a sharp block from Rehenesh. What a game the 'keeper is having!

83' Mobashirrrrrrr....that did not miss by much! The youngster drills a swerving strike from distance that whizzes past the bottom corner.

79' Eze scores to put Jamshedpur ahead! The Nigerian defender bags his third goal of the season to give Jamshedpur the lead. Lima plays a weighted pass to Aniket on the right and the latter floats in a curling cross. Eze does extremely well to get past his man and score with a diving header. Not much Gurpreet could do there.

77' Valskis shut out once again. Lima finds him with an incisive pass but the Lithuanian can't get a shot off and Juanan swoops in to clear the danger.

74' Changes in personnel for both sides: Laldinliana is replaced by Joyner Lourenco, while Leon Augstin comes on for Suresh.

Sunil Chhetri

Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri in action against Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) on Monday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

73' Bheke's rash tackle on Valskis sees him become the third Bengaluru player to be booked.

70' Laldinliana clatters with Bheke and is writhing in pain. The youngster has put up a strong shift today with two interceptions and as many tackles.

67' Double change for Bengaluru: Francisco Gonzalez and Deshorn Brown replace Paartalu and Opseth. Neither of the outgoing players seem happy as both of them trudge off the pitch.

65' STAT: Jamshedpur has conceded 66.67 percent of its goals in the second half, while Bengaluru has scored 63.64 percent of its goals in the second 45.

62' Gurpreet produces a blinder to deny Hartley from three yards out! The rebound falls for Eze but the Nigerian can't get his shot on target.

61' What a lucky man Suresh is! Aniket is tripped by Suresh, but Paaratlu is the one who gets booked! Suresh, already on a yellow, would have been sent off if the referee made the correct decision. Nevertheless, Paaratlu will miss the next game after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season.

59' First change of the evening as Isaac Vanmalsawma comes on for Jackichand Singh.

56' Chhetri rolls back the years with a scorching run. Juanan plays a long ball into the box and Chhetri races past the defence but can't get to the end of it.

56' Jackichand capitalises on Laldinliana's ball into the box but his poke lacks venom and it's an easy save for Gurpreet.

54' STAT: Gupreet Singh Sandhu will equal Subrata Paul's record of 28 clean-sheets in the ISL if he can manage one today.

52' Jamshedpur has begun the second half strongly, keeping the Bengaluru defence on its toes. Dimas is lucky to escape a booking after he lunges from behind to tackle Valskis.

50' In case you missed it, Bengaluru will continue to miss the services of Ashique Kuruniyan, who looks set for a lengthy lay-off after undergoing a surgery to mend the multiple fractures he sustained to his face in the game against Odisha FC. Coach Carles Cuadrat said Kuruniyan had gone back to Kerala to be with his family and no date was set for his return.

47' Last season's Golden Boot winner Valskis had a subdued opening half where he managed just one shot! More to come from the Lithuanian striker?

Nerijus Valskis

Nerijus Valskis celebrates after scoring for Jamshedpur FC against Chennaiyin FC in the ISL on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

46' KICK OFF! And the second half gets underway.

A cagey opening half comes to and with neither side managing to break the deadlock. Bengaluru had a couple of great chances around the half-hour mark and scuffed both, while Gurpreet made a fine save to deny Jackichand later on.

T. P. Rehenesh

Jamshedpur FC 'keeper T. P. Rehenesh makes a fantastic save to deny Cleiton Silva.

 

45' HALF-TIME! Both teams go into the interval with nothing to separate them.

44' Jackichand nearly makes it 1-0! Aniket floats a fine cross from the right for an unmarked Jackichand on the far post. The winger fires a powerful header that Gurpreet just about manages to keep out. Best chance of the evening for Jamshedpur and their first chance in quite some time. Three minutes to be added on.

42' Excellent work from Lima! Gurpreet's long punt sees Chhetri race into the box and Ricky struggles to deal with the former's trickery. Lima makes the run back and times his tackle to perfection to steal the ball from Chhetri.

40' Bengaluru has outright dominated this tie since the drinks break. Jamshedpur's press just seems to have lost intensity.

38' Another shot, another save from Rehenesh. The Jamshedpur custodian has made the most saves in ISL 2020-21 so far.

T. P. Rehenesh is a key member in the Jamshedpur FC set-up.   -  sportzpics

 

35' Suresh creates another chance and Bengaluru squanders the chance yet again. The youngster's pull-back finds Chhetri and the skipper lets on rip but can't find the target.

33' Phenomenal stuff from Rehenesh! The ball breaks for Suresh and it's a 2v1 situation as he Silva for company and just the 'keeper to beat. Suresh puts it on a plate for Silva, but Rehenesh races off his line to block the shot and makes another acrobatic save before Eze clears the danger with a scissor kick.

32' Suresh is the first player to go into the referee's book for a foul on Lima.

BFC vs JFC 2

Workhorses: Alex Lima and Suresh Wangjam vie for the ball.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

29' Gupreet does well to come off his line and collect Monroy's free-kick, but appears to have injured himself in the process. He clattered with Juanan and looks winded.

25' Eze gets involved in attack now. A long throw in finds him sandwiched between Khabra and Paartalu, and the Nigerian manages to get a header on target. However, it's one of the easiest saves Gurpreet will make.

Speaking of Khabra, the 32-year-old is playing in his 100th game for Bengaluru FC today! More on that here.

22' Khabra floats the ball into the box with one of his trademark long throw-ins. Silva's meek attempt drifts off target.

20' Key link-ups in the opening 20 minutes: Suresh and Chhetri for Bengaluru, Aniket and Valskis for Jamshedpur.

18' Good tackle from Bheke. Valskis is played in the box and has the chance to shoot but the ball gets stuck at his feet. Bheke swoops in to make a sharp tackle.

17' First real chance of the evening! Aniket drills a low cross across the box for Valskis. The Lithuanian, leaning back, connects well but his shot is way off target.

15' End to end action here as both sides create multiple chances. Bengaluru looks the better side thus far with Suresh being the key player. The youngster was benched in the previous game and has made an impressive start today.

11' How close that that?! Suresh drives at the heart of the defence and lays it for Chhetri. The Bengaluru skipper gets a shot off that is deflected for a corner. Dimas' corner finds Chhetri, but loops past the crossbar.

9' Monroy curls the ball towards the centre but its cleared bu Juanan without any fuss.

8' Suresh with a foul on Lima now and Jamshedpur has a chance from a free-kick.

5' First attacking move of the evening for Jamshedpur and Jackichand darts down the left...but he's ruled offside.

3' Opseth's strike goes around the wall and dips into the bottom corner, but Rehenesh does well to parry it away for a corner.

2' Lima brings down Suresh at the edge of the box and Bengaluru have their first set-piece opportunity of the evening.

1' KICK OFF! Bengaluru attacking from left to right

7:25pm: The players are out in the middle. Bengaluru in its traditional blue home kits, Jamshedpur in white.

7:15 pm: Bengaluru FC's Harmanjot Khabra will make his 100th appearance for the club tonight. He our pick for the 'Player of the fortnight' in the latest edition of the magazine. READ

In his five matches so far this season, Harmanjot Khabra has played as centre-back, right-back and as an emergency left-back.   -  ISL / Sportzpics

 

7pm: Neither club has been able to dominate the other in their previous clashes. In the six times that they have faced, both clubs have won twice each while the other two matches ended in a draw. Here's all the key H2H stats you need to know of:

 

6:45pm: Owen Coyle makes just the one change as Isaac Vanmalsawma is replaced by Mobashir Rahman.

6:40pm: Two changes for Bengaluru FC. Suresh Wangjam and Kristian Opseth return to the starting XI in place of Udanta Singh and Deshorn Brown. Udanta, interestingly, is not even on the bench.

Stephen Eze

Stephen Eze has played in every minute of Jamshedpur FC's ISL 2020-21 campaign so far. The towering defender has solidified the defence alongside Peter Hartley, and also has two goals to his name.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6:30pm: Team news!

Bengaluru FC starting XI

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Pratik Chaudhari, Juanan, Suresh Wangjam, Cleiton Silva, Dimas Delgado, Harmanjot Khabra, Erik Paartalu, Kristian Opseth, Sunil Chhetri

Jamshedpur FC starting XI

TP Rehenesh (GK), Stephen Eze, Peter Hartley, Laldinliana Renthlei, Ricky Lallawmawma, Aitor Monroy, Alexandre Lima, Jackichand Singh, Mohammad Mobashir, Aniket Jadhav, Nerijus Valskis.

6:15pm: In other news, Kerala Blasters has signed Real Betis academy product Juande Lopez as a replacement for the injured Segio Cidoncha. More on that here.

Jackichand Singh and Sunil Chhetri

Game-changers: Jackichand Singh has been vital to Jamshedpur's success this season with three assists, while Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri has bagged three goals for his club.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

5:50pm: So Bengaluru FC will continue to miss the services of Ashique Kuruniyan, who looks set for a lengthy lay-off after undergoing a surgery to mend the multiple fractures he sustained to his face in the game against Odisha FC. Cuadrat said Kuruniyan had gone back to Kerala to be with his family and no date was set for his return. Jamshedpur has no major injury concerns.

Here's how we think the two sides could line up today:

Bengaluru FC predicted XI (4-3-3)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Juanan, Suresh Wangjam, Harmanjot Khabra, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Cleiton Silva, Udanta Singh, Kristian Opseth, Sunil Chhetri.

Jamshedpur FC predicted XI (4-4-2)

T. P. Rehenesh, Peter Hartley, Ricky Lallawmawma, Stephen Eze, Laldinliana Renthlei, Mobashir Rahman, Aitor Monroy, Alex Lima, Jackichand Singh, Aniket Jadhav, Nerijus Valskis.

5:30pm: Here's our preview for today's match -

Bengaluru, Jamshedpur look to get back to winning ways

Bengaluru FC will look for a quick turnaround following its first defeat of the season, against ATK Mohun Bagan, when it meets Jamshedpur FC at the Fatorda Stadium on Monday.

Coach Carles Cuadrat termed the defeat “narrow” and of “small margins” which was ultimately decided by a stunning long-ranger from forward David Williams. Against Jamshedpur, BFC will need to negate the threat of another top frontman in Nerijus Valskis, last season’s golden boot winner, who has scored six of Jamshedpur’s nine goals this edition.

“We have been able to stop brilliant strikers before,” Cuadrat insisted on match-eve. “Ferran Corominas and Bartholomew Ogbeche only scored from penalties against us. We maintain a high line but it is part of the plan. We get a lot of offsides.”

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“Valskis could not score against us last season (when at Chennaiyin FC) and we will try to do the same things. We had the best defence last season, conceding the least goals and keeping the most clean sheets. There have been changes at the back this campaign and it takes time for players to understand the patterns,” the Catalan added.

One of those who helped Cuadrat and BFC maintain the water-tight defensive organisation previously, Ashique Kuruniyan, looks set for a lengthy lay-off after undergoing a surgery to mend the multiple fractures he sustained to his face in the game against Odisha FC. Cuadrat said Kuruniyan had gone back to Kerala to be with his family and no date was set for his return.

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Even at full strength, BFC would have been wary of Jamshedpur. Owen Coyle’s attack-minded side is currently sixth in the table, three below BFC, but has only two points fewer, though it has played a game more.

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It was unlucky not to come away with points against FC Goa in the previous match when the referee disallowed a goal at 1-1 despite replays showing that the ball had crossed line after coming off the underside of the bar. In Aitor Monroy, Jamshedpur has a first-rate creator, the ideal foil for goal-machine Valskis.

“We are capable of winning against the best,” said Coyle. “But we need to be at our best against a very good BFC team. They have a terrific coach and very good players. Very hard working and organised team. We are looking forward to playing against the best teams and best players.”

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The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) marks the return of major league competition in India after the nationwide lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak was first imposed in March.

The seventh edition of the ISL got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.

ISL 2020-21 points table

The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following the inclusion of SC East Bengal, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.