ISL 2020: Jamshedpur FC topples Bengaluru FC to occupy third spot with a narrow 1-0 win

ISL 2020-Jamshedpur FC topples Bengaluru FC to occupy third spot: Jamshedpur FC left Bengaluru FC stunned as they returned with three points, but more importantly dismantled Sunil Chhetri’s army to take over the third spot in the ISL 2020 Points table.

Just three minutes into the match, Kristian Opseth took a free-kick from a promising position. His effort cleared the wall and was on target, but Rehenesh was equal to it.

Bengaluru FC came close to scoring again in the 10th minute when Suresh Singh Wangjam found Sunil Chhetri making a run down the middle, but the Indian captain’s deflected effort went out for a corner. He was at the end of Dimas Delgado’s delivery too, but he sent his free header over the crossbar.

Jamshedpur FC’s first notable chance came in the 17th minute when Aniket Jadhav squared the ball to Nerijus Valskis in the box, but the Lithuanian striker skied his first-time effort.

The Blues had a huge chance to score in the 33rd minute when Suresh Wangjam ran through on the right with just the keeper to beat. He decided to play it across to Cleiton Silva, but his pass was just a little short and the Brazilian forward’s effort was well-smothered by Rehenesh. Two minutes later, Wangjam brilliantly cut the ball across the box for Sunil Chhetri, whose shot just went wide.

Jamshedpur’s next big chance came in the 44th minute as Jackichand Singh flung himself towards Laldinliana Renthlei’s cross at the far post, but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu got a hand to it and bounced over the crossbar.

The second half started off rather slowly, and it was the Men of Steel who had the first big chance in the 62nd minute when a free-kick caused all sorts of conundrum in the Bengaluru FC box. Nerijus Valskis’ close-range effort was saved by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Stephen Eze’s follow-up went high.

Jamshedpur FC took a deserved lead in the 79th minute, when Aniket Jadhav whipped a cross in from the right in the second phase of a set-piece. Stephen Eze attacked it with a diving header, and the ball crossed the line before Pratik Chaudhari acrobatically cleared it.

Four minutes later, Mobashir Rahman let fly from distance, but his shot just went wide of the bottom corner.

In the 85th minute at the other end, Rahul Bheke powered a header towards goal, but his shot was parried away by Rehenesh. Soon thereafter, Deshorn Brown went through on goal, but Peter Hartley did enough to put him off and his effort went straight into the arms of Rehenesh.

Bengaluru couldn’t really pose a goal-thereat thereafter, so Jamshedpur FC came away with a 1-0 win.

ISL 2020 POINTS TABLE UPDATED

Club P W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Mumbai City 7 5 1 1 11 3 8 16
2 ATK Mohun Bagan 7 5 1 1 8 3 5 16
3 Jamshedpur FC 9 3 2 4 10 9 1 13
4 Bengaluru FC 8 3 2 3 11 9 2 12
5 NorthEast United FC 8 2 1 5 10 8 2 11
6 FC Goa 8 3 3 2 10 9 1 11
7 Chennaiyin FC  7 2 2 3 7 7 0 9
8 Hyderabad FC 7 2 2 3 6 8 -2 9
9 Kerala Blasters FC 7 1 3 3 8 11 -3 6
10 SC East Bengal 7 0 4 3 5 13 -8 3
11 Odisha FC 7 0 5 2 5 11 -6 2