ISL 2020-21, MCFC vs JFC highlights: Jamshedpur, Mumbai City play out 1-1 draw

ISL 2020-21, JFC vs MCFC: Valskis and Ogbeche scored for either sides as Jamshedpur and Mumbai City played out a 1-1 draw at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim

Bipin Singh and Bartholomew Ogbeche celebrate Mumbai City's equaliser against Jamshedpur FC.   -  sportzpics

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ISL 2020-21 news: Gritty Jamshedpur halts Mumbai City's winning run  

Podcast: Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad review the ups and downs of matchweek 3 of the Indian Super League on The Full Time Show.

 

JFC coach Owen Coyle, "Fantastic point. We were worthy of it. Some decisions are beyond a joke. Our schedule is six games in 19 days, but fantastic spirit from my boys. Mumbai will always have possession even with 11 vs 11. We scored a fantastic goal and it was part of our plan. I am frustrated for my players but they deserve better than what they are getting from the officials. Some of the stuff, in the previous games. What's going on? We need to get the officials right when we have the best players and coaches coming to this league. There was a reason we had foreign officials in the league last year. It affects others livelihoods. We are five unbeaten but coming against a team like Mumbai, the young boys stood up to be counted. Seeing the development of young players pleases me."

MCFC coach Sergio Lobera, "I feel we lost 2 points. We played against 10 players for a long time. They played well defensively. We had our changes but finally we needed to score but didn't happen. We need to put all our focus on the job We needed to manage the situation better. [On teams setting up defensively] It's not enough and we need to improve and analyse the game. We need to create more chances. We need to arrive quickly at the opponent box and be calm, find the spaces. It wasn't easy. [On le Fondre and Ogbeche playing together] I think they can play together They are experienced players. Today with circumstances with Boumous, Hernan and Mandar missing, we needed to make some changes. I am happy with their [Adam and Ogbeche]performance playing together.

FULL-TIME whistle is blown. Mumbai would be wondering how did it not get the three points after playing with a man advantage for over 60 minutes... Jamshedpur lost Monroy early in the first half after a second booking but it valiantly held on. Skipper Peter Hartley at the heart of it! Head coach Owen Coyle could be heard bellowing out instructions right until the final whistle of the game!

90'+5' Another long freekick to meet Fall at the far post but he can't keep his side-footed volley down on target.

90'+4' Rehenesh is down on the field now. Could be a case of cramps..

90'+1' Le Fondre with a measured cross into the box to find Ogbeche, who manages to get in behind two JFC players, but puts his header wide of the near post! Was that the final chance?

Five minutes of added time

90' MCFC sub: Bipin OFF, Faruukh ON

89' Fall leaps high at the far post for the header from a free kick but he is put off by the challenge of Hartley.

87' Amey Ranawade is booked for a lunging tackle on Isaac down the left flank.

83' Eze misguides his header behind his box's goal line. Corner for Mumbai. TP Rehenesh, you beauty! Cy Goddard plays it to the edge of the box for Jahouh, who strikes it clean on the volley! TP Rehenesh gets a strong arm to stop it but the ball bubbles up for onrushing Ogbeche to nod it into the net. Rehenesh quickly gets up to palm it behind. Stunning from the 'keeper but Ogbeche was offside.  0.76 reaction time for the save from Jahouh.

80' JFC changes: Lima, Jackichand, William OFF; Aniket, Amarjit, Sandip ON

79' Valskis scores... but he is offside! Mehtab is dispossessed at the edge of his box but Valskis is offside when the ball comes off the JFC boot. Superb finish to the top right corner from Valskis nontheless.

77' MCFC change: Rowlin OFF, Raynier ON

75' Water break is done.

70' JFC change: Mobahsir OFF, Isaac ON

68' Poor tackle from Hartley on le Fondre near the edge of the JFC box.

65' Goddard cuts in from the left flank and passes the ball for Ogbeche. The forward lets it run for Jahouh, whose strike is too weak.

63' Vignesh makes another run down the left flank and tries to curl Jahouh's pass at the far corner which flies harmlessly over the bar.

61' CLOSE! A dazzling run from Vignesh sees him evade an offside trap and latch on to a diagonal pass from behind. Eze puts in a crucial block for a corner kick. Ogbeche reaches Bipin's low delivery which falls into Borges' path with Rehenesh in a helpless position, but the Goan midfielder hits it over the bar.

59' Borges is down clutching his forearm as the referee stops the play for the medical staff to rush in. However, the midfielder looks alright.

57' Mumbai presses forward through Le Fondre and Goddard as Ricky and Hartley combine to win back possession.

55' The breathtaking intensity of the first half has dropped down a bit. Mumbai wins a corner but Bipin's delivery lands far from the post as Jamshedpur comfortably clears.

53' Vignesh tries to chase Borges' lob over the Jamshedpur defence but the pass is too heavy for the full back.

50' Miss! Bipin skips past Amin on the left and sends a low cross into the box which Ogbeche drags wide off the far post. That's the second big miss of the match from the striker.

48' Jahouh takes the free kick but his delivery is short as Eze heads it clear. Lima gets on the ball as the tries to find space on the right but comes out second best against Vignesh.

46' The second half begins. Mumbai settles into possession as Goddard is clipped from behind by Hartley.

HALF-TIME: MUMBAI CITY FC 1-1 JAMSHEDPUR FC

45+2' CLOSE! Jamshedpur hearts skipped a beat there. Bipin makes a darting run on the right and cuts it back for an onrushing Ogbeche who takes the shot but is straight at the keeper.

45' Despite being a man down, Jamshedpur has been impressive with its attacking play. Valskis drops deep and find Jackichand in space on the right as he cuts it back for Amin who skies his cross over the post.

43' Le Fondre makes a superb run down the right and squares a pass at the far post which Rehenesh completely misses but Amin is in position to chop it away to safety.

42' Close! Jackichand spots Amrinder off his line and hits a rasping shot which is palmed over the bar just in time by the keeper. Mourtada does well to clear the danger from the corner.

40' Amin wins the ball from Bipin but lets it run away for a corner. Goddard whips in a good ball into the box which Ogbeche gets a head to. However, the striker's attempt bounces wide off the near post.

38' Mumbai wins a corner kick as Goddard bends a low delivery at the near post which completely misses Borges lurking behind the centre-backs.

36' Jamshedpur wins a free kick near the center as Jackichand bends a dangerous ball into the box. Hartley and Amrinder go for it at once as the ball bounces away from the goal.

33' Le Fondre finds himself in space on the right as he sends a low cross into the box for Goddard, but Amin hacks it clear for a corner kick. Bipin's hits it straight at Borges waiting on the edge of the box as he rolls it for Jahouh who curls a dangerous shot narrowly missing the cross bar.

31' It is going to be a big task for Jamshedpur with a man down. Goddard receives the ball on the right as he skips past three challenges for a pass to Ogbeche, but Hartley anticipates it right and wins back the ball.

28' Monroy sent off! Aitor Monroy, who is already on a booking, goes for a tackle on Borges and clips the midfielder. The referee does not hesitate, as he dishes out a second yellow and a red. This a big blow for Jamshedpur to lose its set-piece specialist.

26' Mumbai defence is put under extreme pressure by Jamshedpur's wide men. Mobashir makes a superb run down the right as he chests down Hartley's diagonal pass and sending a fizzing cross into the box. Mourtada does well to head it away to safety.

22' Jamshedpur's counter press is paying off as it pins Mumbai back in its own half. Monroy wins a throw in as Mobashir gets a deflection towards the goal which is wide off the post.

19' From a free kick on the far right, Monroy whips in a pinpoint delivery at the far post which flicked at the other end by Eze. Amrinder scramble to clear the ball as Jackichand manages to keep it in the play. Eze gets Mobashir in a good position with a cheeky backheel as he crosses at the far post for Hartley to make the run, but the centre-back is flagged offside.

15' MUMBAI EQUALISES! Bipin receives a cut back from Le Fondre on the left as he spots Ogbeche free in the middle and squares a pass. The striker makes no mistake as he buries his shot into the bottom corner.

12' Close! Jamshedpur is putting Mumbai's tactics to the sword. Valskis wins a free kick on the edge of the box as Monroy curls a dangerous free kick over the wall as the ball grazes the top corner, narrowly missing the net.

9' GOAL JAMSHEDPUR! After all the chances created by Mumbai, one sloppy backpass ruins it all. Ogbeche attempts a pass at the back which is intercepted by Jackichand who beats his marker and squares a pass for Valskis who thumps it into the back of the net.

6' Jamshedpur loses possession outside the box as Jahouh tries to find Bipin but Ricky cuts it out. Mumbai came back again as Goddard skips two challenges and lays the ball for Ogbeche who takes the shot but is blocked out by Amin and Hartley.

4' Mourtada wins the ball in his own half and plays it to Borges who tries a diagonal ball to Bipin, who is free on the left flank. However, the Indian's cross falls into no-man's land and Rehenesh mops it up.

2' Chance! Brilliant start from Mumbai. Borges spots Bipin making a run behind the full back and thread a pass which puts him through to the goal. Amin does well to take the ball off Bipin.

1'  Jamshedpur kicks off from right to left. Monroy blocks Ogbeche's shot after Le Fondre's run down the left set his partner up.

FIRST HALF

7.24 pm: Both teams make their way out to the middle. Mumbai in blue, Jamshedpur in red.

Jamshedpur has a superior head to head record against Mumbai City in six meetings. It has won thrice, while Mumbai has two wins. But past records may not count for much for Jasmhedpur when it takes on a Sergio Lobera-coached Mumbai City. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

7 pm: Although Ogbeche will start as MCFC's No. 9, the big match-up to look forward will be the one between le Fondre and Valsksis. Here's how the two have fared this season. Head over to Sportstar's ISL page for the comparative analysis between two teams and their players.

 

6.50 pm: For Jamshedpur, there are two changes from the goalless draw against SC East Bengal. Karan Amin will come in place of the suspended Laldinliana Renthlei. Jackichand Singh replaces Aniket Jadhav.

6.44 pm: No Hugo Boumous in MCFC's matchday squad. Adam le Fondre and Batholomew Ogbeche start together for the first time since the opening day defeat to NorthEast United. Le Fondre will likely play in the No. 10 role behind Ogbeche. Just the one change from the win over Chennaiyin FC. Other changes from the win over Chennaiyin FC. OUTs - Hernan Santana, Amey Ranawade, Raynier Fernandes. INs - Mehtab Singh, Mohammed Rakip, Cy Goddard

6.30 pm: Team news

Mumbai City XI (4-2-3-1)

Amrinder Singh; Mohamad Rakip, Mourtada Fall, Mehtab Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy; Rowlin Borges, Ahmed Jahouh; Cy Goddard, Adam le Fondre, Bipin Singh; Bartholomew Ogbeche

Jamshedpur XI (4-2-3-1)

TP Rehenesh (GK); Karan Amin, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Ricky Lallawmawma; Aitor Monroy, Mohammad Mobashir; William Lalnunfela, Alexandre Lima, Jackichand Singh; Nerijus Valskis

6.10 pm: Here are the predicted XIs from the game

Predicted Mumbai City XI (4-2-3-1)

Amrinder Singh; Mohamad Rakip, Mourtada Fall, Mehtab Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy; Rowlin Borges, Ahmed Jahouh; Bipin Singh, Hugo Boumous, Cy Goddard; Bartholomew Ogbeche

Predicted Jamshedpur XI (4-3-3)

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

Adam le Fondre is the team's leading scorer and crucially scored the winner against Chennaiyin FC. But will Sergio Lobera opt to rest him and start with Bartholomew Ogbeche? - ISL/Sportzpics

 

MATCH PREVIEW

After starting the Indian Super League (ISL) Season 7 on a losing note, Sergio Lobera's side bounced back with four straight wins. When the table-topper takes on Jamshedpur FC at the GMC Stadium here on Monday, Lobera's focus will be on ensuring that this winning run continues.

It is not just that the results have gone Mumbai's way — its performances have been consistently impressive as well, across all areas of the pitch. No team has scored more (eight) or conceded less (two). And unlike some teams, Mumbai hasn’t been dependent on one player for goals. It has had four different scorers already.

But, despite all this, Lobera believes there is a long way to go for his team. "We need to improve a lot of things. We won four games in a row and that's not easy. But we need to improve a lot of things, day-by-day, in every training, game-by-game. But in these circumstances, we only have a short time," he said. 

"We need to go step-by-step. Our focus is on the future, on the next game. But I'm happy with the players, with the effort they have put in the last game," he added.

Podcast: Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad review the ups and downs of matchweek 3 of the Indian Super League on The Full Time Show.

Missing in action

Mumbai has no injury concerns but will once again miss the services of Mandar Rao Dessai, who missed the previous three games due to personal reasons. The full-back is yet to join the squad after leaving the team’s bio-bubble.

On current form, any team would be wary of taking on the Islanders, but Jamshedpur coach Owen Coyle has every right to be more optimistic than others. Jamshedpur faced ATK Mohun Bagan when it was on a similar run and came away with all three points. Coyle hopes his team can come up with a similar performance against Mumbai.

"They've (Mumbai) been in good form. I think they have won four in a row. What we have to do is what we did against ATK Mohun Bagan who were top of the league, undefeated and hadn't conceded a goal (when we faced them). We have to give that level of performance," said Coyle.

Coyle will once again be banking on Nerijus Valskis upfront with the striker having scored five of its six goals so far.  Jamshedpur is already six points behind Mumbai and has had three draws in its last four games. However, Coyle believes that things are slowly falling into place for his team. "We're four games unbeaten. There were a couple of games where we felt we should have won. So we are in good form. We just have to continue working hard. We do have a number of injuries. Once we get our best team, we'll be even stronger," he said.

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The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) will mark 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.

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.