ISL 2020-21 highlights: SC East Bengal beats Jamshedpur FC 2-1

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SC East Bengal players celebrate Matti Steinmann's goal against against Jamshedpur FC in the 2020-21 Indian Super League.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

This is Sportstar's match blog/highlights of the ISL 2020-21 encounter between Jamshedpur FC and SC East Bengal which was played in Goa on Sunday.

Indian Super League action for the day is not over yet. Next up, you can head to our NorthEast United FC vs Hyderabad FC blog. [NEUFC vs HFC LIVE] And tomorrow, Mumbai City FC will take on FC Goa at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.

MATCH REPORT | ISL 2020-21 news: Steinmann, Pilkington goals SC East Bengal win over Jamshedpur FC

SC East Bengal full-back Narayan Das claims the 'Winning Pass of the Game' award for his assist during his side's first goal, while his teammate and midfielder Matti Steinmann takes home the 'Player of the Match' award for a goal and assist today.


On the other hand, skipper Peter Hartley pulled a goal back for Jamshedpur FC. But that wasn't enough as the Men of Steel slumped to their sixth defeat of the tournament. Hence, the club stays at seventh, with 18 points from 16 outings, above Chennaiyin FC, which JFC will take on next.

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Goals from foreign recruits Matti Steinmann and Anthony Pilkington help SC East Bengal move above Kerala Blasters FC in the 2020-21 ISL standings with 16 points from 16 matches. The team has an exciting Kolkata derby against ATK Mohun Bagan coming up after a game against Hyderabad FC next.


90+3' WHAT A SAVE! Aitor Monroy takes another corner for Jamshedpur FC. His initial delivery is cleared away by the SC East Bengal defence. The rebound falls to William Lalnunfela who sends in a cross towards the far post. Valskis gets to it and heads the ball on target. But Subrata Paul reacts well to push the ball over the crossbar.

90' Five minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the second half! Nerijus Valskis receives a yellow card for a silly foul on SCEB's Jacques Maghoma. The JFC striker is surprisingly the first player to be booked today.

88' SHOT! Matti Steinmann takes a shot from long for SC East Bengal. Jamshedpur FC custodian T. P. Rehenesh does well to push the ball away as his team regains possession.

86' CHANGE! One final throw of the dice by JFC gaffer Owen Coyle here. He substitutes Farukh Choudhary off the field and brings on William Lalnunfela. Coyle is having a heated conversation with the fourth official.

83' GOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!! PETER HARTLEY SCORES!!!!! JAMSHEDPUR FC 1 - 2 SC EAST BENGAL!!!!!! This was a Jamshedpur corner kick. Aitor Monroy worked out a short pass to Isaac Vanmalsawma. Isaac evaded an opposition player and sent a cross into the box. Peter Hartley rose above his marker and headed the ball home.

81' FIRST SCEB SUBSTITUTION! The scorer of the second East Bengal goal -- Pilkington -- makes way for fellow foreign recruit Aaron Amadi-Holloway in the middle. Coach Tony Grant looks animated on the sidelines.

79' WHAT A CHANCE! This was another SC East Bengal counter-attack. Sourav Das received the ball in midfield and immediately passed it to Bright Enobakhare, who freed Anthony Pilkington on his right. The SCEB attacker got into the box and took a shot. The ball kissed the post and came back to Rehenesh who collected it.


73' ONE MORE JFC CHANGE! SC East Bengal hasn't made a single substitution in this outing. Meanwhile, Jamshedpur FC makes a fourth change as Boris Singh replaces Seiminlen Doungel in the middle.

71' INJURY! Bright Enobakare goes to the ground after a tackle from JFC defender Stephen Eze. The SCEB physio comes into the middle. He has given Bright the thumbs up to continue.

68' GGGOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!! ANTHONY PILKINGTON SCORES!!!! SC EAST BENGAL 2 - 0 JAMSHEDPUR FC!!!!! This was a wonderful counter-attack from SCEB. Matti Steinmann received the ball and sprinted forward with it. He slid in a through-ball towards Pilkington, who took a couple of touches, rushed forward and slotted the bal home from a narrow angle.

66' SC East Bengal has dominated the possession, the passing and attacking stats so far today against Jamshedpur FC. Stand-in head coach Tony Grant must be an extremely happy man.

64' BALL HITS THE POST! The substitute Ricky executes a good one-two pass with Farukh and gets close to the box. He sends a low cross into the box. Valskis reaches the ball first and fires a shot. The ball strikes the post and goes out of the box.

62' ANOTHER JFC SUBSTITUTION! Coyle decides to bring in Isaac Vanmalsawma for Mohammad Mobashir a few moments after his player Farukh Choudhary was fouled by Raju Gaikwad in midfield.

60' CORNER FOR JFC! Aitor Monroy will deliver this one. His cross into the box is cleared away to safety by SCEB forward Anthony Pilkington. Eventuall, East Bengal regains possession.

57' CHANGE! JFC head coach Owen COyle makes another substitution here. He brings on Aitor Monroy to replace another foreign recruit Nicholas Fitzgeralad.

54' CORNER FOR JFC! Fitzgerald takes it. His cross into the box is headed away by SCEB's Ankit Mukherjee. The ball falls to Mohammad Mobashir who lets one fly from long.

51' FOUL! SC East Bengal centre-back Daniel Fox pulls back the shirt of Jamshedpur FC striker Nerijus Valskis and the referee awards JFC a set-piece in midfield.

48' SUBSTITUTION! Early change in the final 45 minutes from Jamshedpur FC manager Owen Coyle here. He makes a like-for-like replacement as Narender Gahlot makes way for Ricky Lallawmawma in the middle.


Midfielder Matti Steinmann with the only goal of the match so far. Forty-five minutes to go. Stay tuned!

SC East Bengal took an early lead against Jamshedpur FC as early as the 6th minute today. After the opener, both teams had several chances to score. However, the score stays 1-0 in favour of SCEB.


45+3' THROW-IN FOR SCEB! Ankit Mukherjee attempts a long throw from the right flank. The ball falls straight to Matti Steinmann. But his header misses the target.

45' Three minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half! Nicholas Fitzgerald takes a free-kick for Jamshedpur. Subrata Paul comes off his line and completely misses the ball. Fortunately for him, the ball goes outside the box after hitting the head of an East Bengal player.

42' WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY! SC East Bengal almost bagged a second goal here. Bright Enobakhare took a shot from close range. The rebound fell to Jacques Maghoma, whose shot is also blocked. JFC puts bodies behind to see off the danger.

39' SCEB CHANCE! Anthony Pilkington receives the ball on the left wing. He dribbles past JFC defender Stephen Eze and moves forward. But Alexandre Lima immediately recovers the ball for his side.

36' INJURY! East Bengal attacker Bright Enobakhare goes to the ground. The team's medical staff come into the field. However, much to the delight of coach Robbie Fowler in the stands, his star player is fine to continue.

33' FREE-KICK FOR SCEB! SC East Bengal players work out a wonderful team move with innovation and manage to execute a shot on target. Skipper Daniel Fox's final kick was too close to JFC keeper T. P. Rehenesh, who made a decent save.


27' GOOD TACKLE! Narender Gahlot passes the ball to his Jamshedpur FC teammate Nerijus Valskis. Just when the JFC forward is about to make a sharp turn, SCEB defender Raju Gaikwad makes a crucial interception.

24' Nicholas Fitzgerald makes a good move forward, evades a few opposition players and sends a through-ball towards Laldinliana Renthlei on the right flank. However, there's too much power on the ball as it goes out for a goal-kick.

21' SHOT! Nerijus Valskis sets up Alexandre Lima in the final third. Lima takes a good touch to his right and has a shot on target. But the ball goes straight to SCEB goalkeeper Subrata Paul.

18' SCEB CHANCE! Bright Enobakhare and Narayan Das execute a brilliant one-two pass on the right wing. But the final cross into the box is a poor one as the Jamshedpur defenders clear the ball away.

15' The battle between Valskis and former Mumbai City FC defender Sarthak Golui has been intense so far. The latter has been able to tackle the experienced Lithuanian striker.

12' JFC is constantly losing the ball cheaply. Nicholas Fitzgerald wasn't able to control the ball coming off a cross this time. Seiminlen Doungel got to the rebound. However, his shot from long goes way over the crossbar.

9' JAMSHEDPUR CHANCE! Nerijus Valskis sends the ball towards Farukh Choudhary on the right wing. But Faurkh is unable to control the ball properly as SCEB regains possession.

6' GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! MATTI STEINMANN SCORESSSS!!!!! SC EAST BENGAL 1 - 0 JAMSHEDPUR FC!!!!!!!! This was an East Bengal corner taken by Narayan Das. Steinmann lost his marker and moved towards the near post in no time. His header that followed was just so good as he found the back of the net.

4' WHAT A CROSS! Bright Enobakhare gets the ball from Matti Steinmann and sends a one-touch pass towards Narayan Das on the left flank. Das rushes towards the edge of the box and sends a cross across. Anthony Pilkington almost reaches the ball.

2' FREE-KICK FOR JFC! SCEB defender Narayan Das fouls Stephen Eze just outside the box. Nerijus Valskis will take the set-piece. His shot misses the target by a whisker.


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4:15 PM: No changes for Jamshedpur FC today! Manager Owen Coyle has decided to go with the same lineup from his team's 1-0 victory over Odisha FC last time around.

Meanwhile, there are six alterations for SC East Bengal! New signings Subrata Paul, Sarthak Golui and Sourav Das have been included in Robbie Fowler's playing XI. Raju Gaikwad, Anthony Pilkington and Jacques Maghoma have also been brought back.

4:00 PM: The team lineups are out!

JFC XI: TP Rehenesh, Narender Gahlot, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Laldinliana Renthlei, Alexandre Lima, Mohammad Mobashir, Seiminlen Doungel, Nicholas Fitzgerald, Farukh Choudhary, Nerijus Valskis.

COACH: Owen Coyle.

SCEB XI: Subrata Paul, Ankit Mukherjee, Daniel Fox, Sarthak Golui, Raju Gaikwad, Narayan Das, Matti Steinmann, Sourav Das, Anthony Pilkington, Jacques Maghoma, Bright Enobakhare.

COACH: Robbie Fowler.

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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.

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Fresh from regaining its winning form, Jamshedpur FC will be looking to get its play-off aspirations back on track when it takes on the debutant SC East Bengal in an ISL fixture at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday.

Jamshedpur regained its winning touch by downing bottom-placed Odisha FC, and thus managed to end a five-game winless streak, which was threatening to end its chances of making it to the top-four.

Jamshedpur FC coach Owen Coyle, who guided Chennaiyin FC to the final last season, will have to ensure the right motivation and strategy to see that his team maintains the required momentum till the completion of the league. With five more games to go, Jamshedpur is currently seventh with 18 points from 15 matches.

“The lads have worked so hard. We will have to take each game at a time and try to be positive and win the game,” Coyle said before the East Bengal match. Some statistical aspects in his team’s recent outings may be giving confidence to Coyle.

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It has managed three straight clean sheets in the previous outings which is a fine recovery considering that it conceded eight goals in three prior matches. With his defence regaining some shape, Coyle now needs the team’s attack to find form. A 10-man East Bengal fought to ensure a goalless draw when the two sides met in the first phase in December.

“The bottom line is that East Bengal are a very dangerous team. They have signed a lot of players. By their own standards, they did not perform as well against Bengaluru FC (in the last match). So they will be looking to try and win the game and keep themselves in contention. We have to be very respectful of the qualities that they have but also try to impose our qualities,” Coyle claimed.

Currently placed in the 10th spot with 13 points from 15 matches, East Bengal’s qualification hopes are all but over and a loss on Sunday will virtually signal the end of journey for it this season. East Bengal is winless in five games and has not scored in three of its last four outings. East Bengal will also be missing head coach, Robbie Fowler, owing to suspension.

The Liverpool FC legend had been getting the team in shape gradually after it was thrust into the tournament quite unexpectedly this season. Fowler’s assistant and the former Everton and Manchester City player Tony Grant defended his team’s progress.

“I don't think it's been tough on the pitch. When you analyse everything, the team was only put in the ISL at the last minute. We had a two-week pre-season. I think the team has done tremendously,” Grant said.

“We are one point behind Kerala Blasters FC, who have had much more time to prepare for this year. All the staff and all the players deserve credit for the fight that they have shown and we will carry on showing that fight,” he added.

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