The Yellow Army snatch back their third spot in the points table.
Kerala Blasters stretched their unbeaten run in the Indian Super League (ISL 2022-23) with a dominant 3-1 win over Jamshedpur FC. Apostolos Giannou, Dimitrios Diamantakos and Adrian Luna scored a goal each for the Blasters with Daniel Chima Chukwu getting one for the Men of Steel.
Here are the player ratings for the game.
Kerala Blasters (by Sooraj Saji)
The young custodian had a dip in his performance between the sticks. A slippery miss from the keeper cost the team a clean sheet and Daniel Chima a goal to his name.
Successfully managed one of the difficult duties of the match – keeping Ishan Pandita at bay. Although he was dispossessed at times, managed to keep the defence intact through his blocks and interceptions.
The backbone of the defence kept the backline intact through his experience and leadership. Even tried to clear off the Daniel Chima goal through an acrobatic attempt. Tightly marked Rafael Crivellaro throughout the match.
Part of his job was to get his positioning right and help Leskovic. Did his job pretty well and aided Sandeep at times.
The Kerala Blasters captain put on a good attacking display through the left flank. A deadly cross from him resulted in a handball by Boris Singh ultimately leading to a penalty reward for the team. He got substituted after the first half.
Rahul KP – 7
His surging runs in the first half were impressive. Supported Sandeep Singh while making transitions. His dribbling and one-touch passes terrified Jamshedpur at times.
Largely irresistible with hard running and astute switches of play, and stayed afloat through his work rate.
Took time to adjust to his new role in the game. Scored a beautiful goal from a link-up play which was an absolute feast to watch for the fans.
The key man could not construct anything this time. Was given more time on the ball, and was substituted. Created two chances which included a big one.
The selection was Vukamanovic’s big call and delivered a brilliant display by the “Back-heel God”. The master of first touches scored one and assisted one in the game. His duo with Dimitrios Diamantakos looks promising for the fans.
Utilized clever movement to engineer space, and created a good link-up play with Giannou. Scored one and assisted one for the team.
Nishu Kumar – 7
The defender did his job well by not conceding any further goals. Had his moments in both attack and defence.
Victor Mongil – 6.5
Was deployed as a defensive midfielder. Did his job pretty well. Blocked the free-flowing attack of Jamshedpur at times.
Nihal Sudeesh – 6
The winger looked promising with a good attacking output. Needs to work on delivering pinpoint crosses to the box.
Bryce Miranda – 6
One nice run, but did very little to impact the game.
Bidyashagar Singh – N/A
Jamshedpur FC (By Uttiyo Sarkar)
Vishal Yadav – 6.5
The 20-year-old was really not helped by teammates and faced a barrage of shots, but did well in making some five saves to avoid utter humiliation.
Pratik Chaudhari – 4.5
Although involved in some proactive defensive contribution (three clearances, four blocks), Pratik’s movement and game-reading was poor. Left stranded for the opener and was taken off at half time.
Eli Sabia – 4.0
The experienced centre-back failed to be the defensive leader the day his side needed him to be. Struggled to read Kerala’s attacks and stop them from running the show in his half.
Muhammed Uvais – 4.5
Uvais was run-ragged all game long and struggled to keep up with the intensity of Kerala Blasters’ playing style.
Boris Singh – 4.0
Sloppy in giving away the penalty and the hosts targeted Boris’ weaknesses to create most of their chances.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – 4.5
The Englishman failed to execute his duties as a defensive midfielder and protect his backline from trouble. Had little creative or goal-scoring threat either.
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Phijam Vikash Singh – 6.5
Phijam worked hard to cover a lot of distance to close down opposition players in an admirable outing, making two interceptions and three blocks.
Rafael Crivellero – 7.0
Crivellaro’s clever passes undid Kerala’s backline throughout, as he helped create two big chances and unlock their backline. Delivered a nice pass, which after a few more touches, lead to his side’s only goal.
Ricky Lallawmawma – 4.0
Ricky had little creative threat and found it difficult to keep up with Sandeep Singh. His poor decision-making made him receive a bollocking from the touchline late on.
Ishan Pandita – 5.0
Pandita forced the error for his side’s goal, but that was his only solid contribution. Had attempted four shot but hardly tested the goalkeeper, with his final product letting him down.
Daniel Chima Chukwu – 7.5
Jamshedpur’s biggest threat on the day. Chima scored a cheeky goal to equalize the score and constantly kept the Kerala Blasters defenders on edge with his commanding presence, forcing some solid saves too.
Laldinliana Renthlei – 5.0
Failed to stop Kerala’s onslaught through his right side and was a spectator for their amazing third goal.
PC Laldinpuia – 5.5
Did not really do anything better or worse than Uvais.
Ritwik Kumar Das – 6.0
The winger infused some energy and incisiveness to his side’s attack, got into promising areas but was unable to create anything big.