A number of domestic players in Sahal Abdul Samad, Jeakson Singh and Ricky Lallawmawma also put up valiant displays on Sunday evening.
Kerala Blasters extended their unbeaten run in the Indian Super League (ISL) as they held Jamshedpur FC to a 1-1 draw on Sunday evening. Greg Stewart opened the scoring for the Men of Steel, however, Sahal Abdul Samad restored parity to earn a point for Kerala Blasters.
After the initial goals, both sides tried to break down each other’s defence time and again, only to fail. Apart from a couple of yellow cards, the game remained uneventful for the majority of the game. Let’s find out how did the Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC players performed on Sunday evening.
Kerala Blasters (by Shivam Tiwari)
Prabhsukhan Gill (GK) – 6.5
The youngster’s positioning was odd for the free-kick Stewart scored. The keeper chose to stay far left, leaving a wide area on his right for Stewart to aim at against a single-man wall. Barring that moment, Gill did well and made a great one-on-one save on the 85th minute of the game.
Harmanjot Khabra – 5.5
The defender fouled Boris Singh to give Stewart the opportunity of scoring the opener. Khabra saw a lot of the ball but failed to get anything out of it for his team. He drew a foul from Stewart to get him in the referee’s books.
Ruivah Hormipam – 6.0
It was a tricky game for the 20-year-old Indian centre-back. Hormipam gave away the ball that potentially put Gill in a two-on-one situation on the 23rd minute of the game. His passing was sub-par at just 58% accuracy.
Marko Leskovic – 6.5
Leskovic’s long balls troubled the Jamshedpur defence often. However, he could have been a bit more disciplined as he conceded a dangerous free-kick after fouling Stewart from the back in the second half.
Jessel Carneiro – 6.0
The Kerala Blasters skipper constantly kept helping his defence and midfield. He played as a wing-back for most of the game, trying to put in numbers on the left flank. Jessel put in a commanding display by completing two interceptions and registering a crucial clearance.
Adrian Luna – 7.0
Luna kept the ball moving for Kerala Blasters in the first half against Jamshedpur FC. The Uruguayan midfielder was crucial in ball retention as he kept drawing fouls and committing the tactical ones. He was fouled thrice and committed five tactical fouls.
Jeakson Singh – 7.5
The Indian midfielder was impressive with his passing and tackling. He completed all but two of his passes and made sure the Jamshedpur FC midfielders felt his presence in the game. He had six blocks and four clearances in the game. His interception on the 62nd minute potentially helped his team salvage a point from the match.
Sahal Abdul Samad – 7.5
Sahal scored his third goal in as many games after Rehenesh punched the ball towards him while defending a shot from Vazquez. The Indian midfielder’s attempt wasn’t as clean as Rehenesh could have kept the ball from going in after he got his hands on it. He had just 12 completed passes in the game.
Lalthathanga Khawlring – 6.0
Khawlring wasn’t involved much in the game. He did get a lot of the ball, and his passing was precise. He finished his stay on the pitch with an 82% passing accuracy.
Alvaro Vazquez – 8.5
Vazquez was involved in almost everything good that happened for Kerala Blasters. It was his run and shot that was punched away by Rehenesh, only for it to fall in the path of Sahal. He beat the Jamshedpur FC keeper again later in the game through a chipped attempt, only to see the ball hit the crossbar.
Jorge Diaz – 5.0
He was easily one of the worst players on the pitch for Kerala Blasters on Sunday evening. His crosses were poor, and failed to get involved in any good moments for his team in the attacking third. He had zero shots in the game.
Seityasen Singh – 5.5
He came on the 60th minute, replacing Adrian Luna. However, he wasn’t as effective with his passing as the Uruguayan. He had just four completed passes from the game.
Vincy Barretto – 6.0
Vincy replaced Sahal and had a great opportunity to give Kerala the lead. However, his shot went wide.
Enes Sipovic – N/A
He had too little time to impact the game.
Prasanth Karuthadathkuni – N/A
He came on the 87th minute and wasn’t involved much.
Jamshedpur FC (by JN Balraj)
TP Rehenesh (GK) – 5.5
Did well to make some saves in the second half against Kerala Blasters. Can improve his clearances and ball-distribution and should’ve done better during the first goal.
Laldinliana Renthlei – 5.0
The right back did nothing much to influence the game. Had mere three clearances with one key pass to his name.
Narender Gehlot – 6.5
The young colt continued his impressive outing. Narender made five clearances and two interceptions, will look to improve his positioning.
Peter Hartley – 7.0
Not as good as last match, but did well after the first goal. He won 12 out off 13 duels and made six clearances with a tackle.
Ricky Lallawmawma – 7.5
Went up and down the left flank and participated actively in the game. Registered two clearances and one tackle, and created two big chances — one for Ishan Pandita into the final minutes of the match.
Alex Lima – 7.0
Dominated the midfield against Kerala Blasters and played a vital role in breaking down many of Blasters’ attacks. Had 44 touches with 79% passing accuracy.
Jitendra Singh– 6.5
Started off well but went missing as the game moved on. Should be able to control the midfield more and strike a partnership with Lima in future.
Ritwik Das – 7.5
Did well on the right side of the pitch. His link-up was good and perfectly filled the shoes of Len Doungel. Before coming off, he completed three dribbles and won 11 ground duels against Kerala Blasters.
Boris Singh – 7.0
The winger made four key passes and tackles each. Showed signs of his potential but should improve his passing, especially in the final third.
Greg Stewart – 8.0
The most consistent performer in ISL this season. Apart from scoring a memorable goal, the Scot had 74 touches with six key passes to his name, both being the most in the match.
Jordan Murray – 6.5
Another Jamshedpur FC player who had an underwhelming night. Despite a heavy work shift, the Australian struggled in the final third.
Ishan Pandita – 6.0
Ishan came in for the last 10 minutes and failed to capitalise the one-on-one chance to show his passionate celebration.
Mobashir Rahman – N/A
He was brought in during the injury time and did not have any impact on the outcome of the game.