A brilliant display by the Indian youngsters and the Spanish veterans helped Jamshedpur FC climb to the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) table. Farukh Choudhary, Aniket Jadhav and Sergio Castel were on the score sheet for Jamshedpur while Marcelinho Leite Pereira scored the only goal for Hyderabad FC.
Jamshedpur started the first half with all guns blazing. The Red Miners constantly threatened the opposition box throughout the first forty minutes. They mixed up short passes with incisive long balls which troubled the Hyderabad defence. Jamshedpur created most of the attacks from the left side of the midfield with the help of Piti and Isaac Vanmalsawma.
Kamaljit Singh didn’t seem to come out of the demons of the last game. He looked nervous with the ball on his feet and also fumbled on occasions while collecting the ball. The first real chance of the game came due to Kamaljit’s fumble from Isaac’s shot. Farukh Choudhary who initially started as a second striker latched onto the second ball but couldn’t bundle it past the Hyderabad goalkeeper who recovered the ball in time.
Mobashir Rahman, a traditional midfielder was preferred to the out of position striker Aniket Jadhav on the right side of the midfield. It was his brilliant long ball from his own half that prompted an excellent save from Kamaljit.
Piti, Isaac and Sergio Castel combined well and complemented each other beautifully. The combination play among the three down the left flank created most of the attacks for the Red Miners. Piti twisted and turned past Nikhil Poojary, who started as a right back, and hit the shot with some venom. Kamaljit couldn’t push the ball out of the danger zone as Farukh latched onto the second ball to slid the ball past Kamaljit for the opening goal.
Hyderabad gained some momentum with five minutes left in the end of first half. They had more of possession and created a couple of chances. A simple pass from Rohit Kumar on the right-hand side of the Jamshedpur box was brilliantly put into the net by Marcelinho. Marcelinho produced a Ronaldo-esque step-over to dribble past a Jamshedpur defender and fired a shot past Subrata Paul on his near post, which should have been saved by the Jamshedpur goalkeeper.
An anti-climatic end to the first half saw Hyderabad start on a brilliant note in the second half but couldn’t affect the result. Once Jamshedpur settled in, it was all Jamshedpur for the rest forty minutes.
Sahil Panwar’s injury didn’t help Hyderabad’s cause. The non-influential, disquieting Ashish Rai came in place of the injured Sahil. In response, Antonio Iriondo brought on Aniket Jadhav in place of Isaac. Farukh moved to the left wing while Aniket Jadhav manned the right wing.
It was the combination of both the Indian youngsters that gave Jamshedpur the lead. Farukh whipped in a low cross for Aniket Jadhav to fire it past Kamaljit on the right corner. Farukh was tremendous throughout, latched onto every second ball, made daunting runs through the wings and produce a stellar cross for Aniket Jadhav for the second goal.
The chances kept on coming for Jamshedpur and Hyderabad had no response. The Spaniard Sergio Castel added another after 13 minutes. A long ball by Memo was met by the striker who calmly slid it past the Hyderabad goalkeeper.
It is hard to tell if it was Jamshedpur’s spectacular performance or Hyderabad’s lacklustre midfield and defence that led to a 3-1 scoreline. Nevertheless, it was a spectacle for the people present at the Furnace and the people lucky enough to witness Jamshedpur’s brilliant attacking display.