ISL 2020-21 Highlights: Jamshedpur beats Bengaluru 3-2, finishes sixth

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Jamshedpur FC's David Grande celebrates scoring against Bengaluru FC in their ISL 2020-21 game on Thursday.

Welcome to Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 highlights/ match blog of the Jamshedpur FC vs Bengaluru FC game that's being played at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Thursday.

Bengaluru FC's Sunil Chhetri: "The silver lining would be that all the juniors are doing well. Parag, Amay, Leon, Suresh, Ajith - they all got chances. They may have not got so many chances in a normal season, so that is a silver lining. The exposure will help them in the coming years and the team will get support from them. it has been a disappointing season, but we can look at the fact that the juniors did well and got so much exposure."

[On what's next for him]: "We get 10 days rest before we start preparing for the national team and the AFC Cup. We need to switch off and think about our mistakes - all of us didn't turn up and faltered, except the juniors. We cannot blame it on the coach leaving mid-season or say that the management did not sign certain players - the prime reason is we didn't turn up and did didn't perform to the level could have, especially the senior players. We need to look at ourselves and rectify that.

"I hope this is one off (bad season).  We are BFC and cannot do this (again). I hope we can come back and show our desire to bounce back.

"I want be a good example. I have fallen short this season, I have missed goals and could have defended better. I watch my games and see myself doing so many things I could have done or things I did not do. We need to rectify and comeback - all the players will do the same. We are going to come back with all the zeal and the desire."

Bengaluru FC's Dimas Delgado: "I was very happy to be back with the boys and play the season. All of you know that it has been a very bad time for me last month. I wanted to be back with the boys till the end and finish in the best way we could. It's been a hard season for everyone. We can now look forward to the AFC Cup and focus on it and try to improve and learn from this season."

[On captaining the side today] "Sunil knows all the situations, he's my friend and just decided before kick-off that I will get the armband. He tried to give me this respect for all that I have been through. We respect a lot each other and I am very thankful for it." 

Jamshedpur FC coach Owen Coyle: I think we had an outstanding first half. But we did not have the same energy in the second. BFC came back well and put us under a lot pf presure. We had chances to put the game to bed and should have. The important thing was to win - we have 12 points from our last six games. We feel a little disappointed to not be in the top-four. If the goal we scored against FC Goa (Alex Lima's ghost goal) has counted we would be in top-four.

"The aim today was to win and finish strong and end with three points and we did that. We will strive to get better next season."

Over to the post match quotes now.

Jamshedpur FC cruises to a 3-2 win over Bengaluru FC to finish the season on the sixth spot. Stephen Eze put the Red Miners ahead before Seiminlen Doungel made it 2-0 in the 34th minute. David Grande extended Jamshedpur's lead with a fine header just before half-time and it was the first time in the club's history that it had a three-goal advantage in the opening half.

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Bengaluru struck back through Fran Gonzalez and Sunil Chhetri, but it wasn't enough in the end. This is also the first time Jamshedpur FC has finished above Bengaluru FC in the points table.

 

7:25pm: The players are out in the centre. Home team Jamshedpur in its red and blue jerseys, while Bengaluru dons its green third kit.

7:15pm: Jamshedpur FC rode on a Stephen Eze goal to eke out a 1-0 win over Bengaluru FC the last time they clashed. Here's a complete lowdown on their head-to-head stats.

7pm: Just the one change for Jamshedpur FC and it's an obvious one - Nerijus Valskis misses the game owing to a one-game suspension due to an accumulation of cards and has been replaced by David Grande.

6:45pm: Interim head coach Naushad Moosa makes six changes to the Bengaluru starting XI for its final league game. Dimas Delgado returns to the line-up while Wungngayam Muirang will be making his first start.

IN: Lalthuammawia Ralte, Wungngayam Muirang, Pratik Chaudhari, Ajith Kumar, Harmanjot Khabra, Dimas Delgado| OUT: Gurpreet Sing Sandhu, Fran Gonzalez, Rahul Bheke, Erik Paartalu, Cleiton Silva, Ashique Kuruniyan

Bengaluru FC's Dimas Delgado has a goal and an assist to his name from the 12 appearances he made this season.

 

6:30pm: Team News

Jamshedpur FC starting XI

TP Rehenesh (GK), Ricky Lallawmawma, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Laldinliana Renthlei, Alexandre Lima, Aitor Monroy, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Seiminlen Doungel, David Grande, Farukh Choudhary.

Bengaluru FC starting XI

Lalthuammawia Ralte (GK), Wungngayam Muirang, Pratik Chaudhari, Ajith Kumar, Parag Srivas, Harmanjot Khabra, Dimas Delgado, Suresh Wangjam, Xisco Hernandez, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh.

6:15pm: Bengaluru FC interim coach Naushad Moosa feels that Khalid Jamil’s success at NorthEast United has raised hopes of an Indian manager taking over at an ISL club on a permanent basis.

6pm: PODCAST - In the latest episode of Sportstar's 'The Full Time Show', Odisha FC's Rohan Sharma and Raj Athwal take us through their former head coach Stuart Baxter's comments, their decision to let him go and the larger problem of trivialising sexual violence in the sporting world.

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When Jamshedpur FC locks horns with Bengaluru FC in the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Thursday, both teams will be well aware their playoff hopes for this season is well and truly over. They will be aiming to end the Indian Super League campaign on a winning note.

Owen Coyle's men currently find themselves sixth on the table, two points above their opponents. While a draw would be enough for JFC to finish sixth, a defeat could see them lose their spot to Bengaluru.

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Coyle said his men would be looking to replicate the performance that won them the fixture against Mumbai City FC.

"We came very close to achieving those playoff (spots) so we want to finish on a strong note. To do that, we have to play very well and try to win three points. Bengaluru still have the AFC (Cup) to play, they will be very focused, so we will have to be ready for the challenge," he said.

Bengaluru FC's chances of qualifying looked grim after Carles Cuadrat's departure midway during the season but despite the lack of wins, interim coach Naushad Moosa has lauded his team for never giving up.

PODCAST - In the latest episode of Sportstar's 'The Full Time Show', Odisha FC's Rohan Sharma and Raj Athwal take us through their former head coach Stuart Baxter's comments, their decision to let him go and the larger problem of trivialising sexual violence in the sporting world.

They will miss injured Biswa Darjee along with Ashique Kuruniyan, who is serving a suspension. From the Jamshedpur camp, forward Nerijus Valskis will also miss out due to suspension.

Moosa, who has fielded as many as eight youngsters this season, said he would be looking to give them more game time. "We are playing a good team and a coach who is very experienced. It's important that we have a balanced side but yes, we'll have more youngsters playing tomorrow."

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

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 2020-21 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.

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