Two first half goals share the points
Two glaring goalkeeping errors ensured Jamshedpur FC and ATK had to settle for a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at the Furnace.
An enthralling first-half saw the only two goals of the game. JamshedpurÂ went ahead after half-mark when ATK goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharjya given somehow allowed a low shot by Cidoncha to squirm over the goal line.
It looked like being the only goal of the game in the first-half until Jamshedpur keeper Subhasish spilled a fierce corner-kick by ATK’s Manuel Lanzarote that pounced inside to net to equalise in the added minutes of the first half as neither side could find the crucial third goal in the remaining of the second 45 minutes.
Since kick-off,Â The hosts were in control of the midfield with the ever-present Mario Arques and Memo working in tandem to nullify ATK’s forays forward.
Soosairaj, meanwhile, was enjoying space down the left flank. His cross into the box allowed Cidoncha to send a volley at goal from close-range but the effort was straight at goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya who managed to punch the ball away.
Cidoncha had another chance to score when a rebound fell to his feet after Soosairaj’s effort was initially blocked. But ATK had plenty of bodies inside the box to keep out the forward’s attempt.
Cidoncha nets again
The third time was the charm for the Spaniard as the hosts took the lead in the 35th minute. Pronay Halder’s foul on Cidoncha just outside the box allowed the forward to curl the resulting free-kick into the bottom right corner with goalkeeper Arindam at fault for not reading the bounce.
ATK equalised against the run of play on the stroke of half-time. Lanzarote’s in-swinging corner flew directly into the net after the goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury failed to punch it clear.
Second half fails to spark
After the break, John Johnson and Gerson Vieira were required to hold firm as the hosts tried to find a gap in ATK’s backline.
At the other end, a free-kick from the left by Lanzarote just after the hour mark managed to take the entire Jamshedpur backline out of the equation but the near-post delivery missed Johnson by a whisker.
A fantastic ball into the box by Mario Arques allowed Tim Cahill to sneak in behind ATK defence but the Australian’s header fell safely into the hands of the goalkeeper.
Manuel Lanzarote’s willingness to drop deep in midfield allowed ATK to hold on to the ball better as the second-half progressed. Jamshedpur, who threatened from the flanks in the first half, were unable to maintain the same intensity after the restart.
Jamshedpur almost took the lead at the end when Carlos Calvo’s cross was headed just over by Mario Arques. Till the final whistle, there would not be a deciding goal as the two teams shared the spoils.
This result was probably fair as both sides had multiple opportunities to win the match but just lacked that killer instinct in front of goal. For now,Â Jamshedpur sit in the second spot in the league on five points, but that will certainly change with every other match still to play in the coming days. Steve Coppell will be happy as they now have a point and can continue to push on from here.
(With inputs from ISL Media)
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Source: Matchday Frolics