Late drama took a toll to deny the Men of Steel three points against the Gaurs.
Jamshedpur FC looked rejuvenated against the high flying FC Goa in a 2-2 draw at the Furnace. The Men of Steel dominated the game for the most part and deserved the full points. But call it their fate or Iker Guarrotxena’s brilliance, a last minute equaliser from the guests spoiled the party.
Irrespective of the result the fans got another quality game of football. Let’s take a look at the best performers of the night.
Jamshedpur FC (By JN Balraj)
Vishal Yadav (GK) – 6
The young custodian failed to keep his nerves calm. He seemed to be omitting the basics whenever he was put under pressure. Made a save and two high claims.
Pratik Chaudhari – 6
Pratik made nine clearances on the night but was guilty of the second goal where he fluffed the clearance that fell to Iker Guarrotxena.
Eli Sabia – 6.5
The Brazilian centre-back had an important role in the backline owing to the void left by the absence of Peter Hartley. Eli blocked one crucial shot in the game.
Ricky Lallawmawma – 6
The consistent full-back lacked in his deliveries in the final third. Just three successful direct balls out of seven attempted.
Boris Singh – 6
Boris was the fastest player on the pitch. But was predictable with his movements and completed just one of his five attempted runs. He made two tackles as well.
Rafael Crivellaro – 7
The maestro is slowly getting back to his former self. Rafa created five goal-scoring chances for Jamshedpur against FC Goa. The fans must be pleased seeing him finally taking the corners for the team.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – 8
The man continues to shine for the Men of Steel after a lacklustre start to the season. JET earned an own goal for the team and had two shots to his name. Made some superb injury time clearances.
Phijam Vikash Singh – 6
The Durand Cup star for Jamshedpur FC got his maiden start for the senior team and impressed with his composure against the Goa midfield led by Edu Bedia. Had a passing accuracy of 81% and helped the side retain possession.
Muhammed Uvais – 6
The former I-League star is slowly setting foot in the top-tier competition. Uvais made four clearances and two successful tackles.
Daniel Chima Chukwu – 6.5
The forward was brought back in the starting line-up and the influence is evident on the result. Chima played two key passes and had as many shots on target.
Ishan Pandita – 8
‘More than a super sub’ – the Jamshedpur FC forward’s performance against FC Goa might prove the mentioned phrase. Pandita scored the second goal, and kept three shots on target. He created two goal-scoring chances as well. Lastly, he played the whole game for the first time in India.
PC Dinpuia – 7
The versatile youngster slotted in the defensive right side of the pitch. Dinpuia created one chance and made two body blocks in the match.
Harry Sawyer – N/A
FC Goa (By Riddhiman Sarkar)
Dheeraj Singh – 5.5
Committed a howler as the Goa defence stalled for a second and he ended up conceding possession to Ishan Pandita who walked the ball into an empty net. Made four saves otherwise.
Seriton Fernandes – 6
Average day at office for the right-back as he was dribbled past once, but managed to compete five duels in ground and air, winning three.
Fares Arnaout – 6.5
Another solid showing as he was unmovable despite the hulking presences of Daniel Chima Chukwu and Ishan Pandita. Contested two aerial duels and won both, while also winning three of his four ground tussles before going off for Alvaro Vazquez at half time.
Anwar Ali – 7
The youngster was a rock at the heart of the Gaurs defence once again except during Pandita’s goal. He was extremely vigilant and won six of eight aerial duels as well as all four of his ground duels. Gave way to Devendra Murgaonkar in the 88th minute.
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Aiban Dohling – 6.5
Not his lucky day as he was overrun by Boris and managed only one interception and one ground duel win. Was replaced by Sanson Pereira for more cover in the 66th minute.
Brison Fernandes – 6.5
Managed to complete 18 passes in 75 minutes of action as he played a good understudy to Edu Bedia. Was substituted for Ayush Dev Chhetri in the 75th minute.
Edu Bedia – 7.5
Omnipresent as always as he forced Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on the backfoot in the middle of the park repeatedly with over 109 touches on the ball and three key passes completed.
Brandon Fernandes – 6
The FC Goa talisman regulated the ball well against Jamshedpur but was not penetrative as only one of his 10 attempted crosses found their man.
Iker Guarrotxena – 8
Fox-in-the-box, hero and villain for the Gaurs, as he scored thrice, two for his own side and one in an error against themselves.
Makan Winkle Chothe – 7
Noticeable outing down the flank for Chothe as he had two shots, one on and one off target each, and picked out Guarrotxena’s and Goa’s first goal of the game with a cross. Was subbed off for Glan Martins in the 46th minute.
Noah Sadaoui – 6.5
Looked a little isolated up front as he was swamped out by the ranks of three and five but still managed to complete a take-on and get a shot blocked.
Alvaro Vazquez – 6
Took one shot that was off target and had only 16 touches as he could not provide the influential spark in the Goa team.
Glan Martins – 6.5
Provided the additional defensive cover and passing stability as he completed 26 passes and made one tackle.
Sanson Pereira – 6.5
Blocked one shot and committed a tackle as he somewhat made up for Aiban Dohling’s shortcomings.
Ayush Dev Chhetri – 6.5
Regulated the midfield as well as he could with a 94% passing accuracy.
Devendra Murgaonkar – 6.5
Assisted Guarrotxena’s equalising goal in awkward fashion but was pivotal after coming on with that as his key pass.