Jamshedpur defeats Northeast United 2-0 to seal all three points in Guwahati
Jamshedpur convincingly defeated Northeast United 2-0 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.
Northeast United coach Vincenzo Annese made three changes to the starting XI with Mashoor Shereef, Mohamed Irshad, and Parthib Gogoi replacing Gaurav Bora, Jithin MS, and Emil Benny.
Jamshedpur, on the other hand, made just a single change with Rafael Crivellarao returning to starting XI replacing Harry Sawyer who sat out of the one-sided fixture.
The visitors were exceptional from the first minute with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas almost scoring for his team as his shot hit the woodwork which he tried from the edge of the box. The first ten minutes were brilliant for the Jamshedpur as they were on the front foot but the lack of quality was visible from both sides as they battled hard in the midfield.
Luckily, Ritwik Das gave his side a lead in the 39th minute when The Highlanders failed to clear Rafael Crivellaro’s corner and it fell to Daniel Chima Chukwu’s feet. He attempted a goal and found Das in the six-yard box, who just tap-in to make it 1-0.
The Red Miners completely dominated the first half completely as they recorded eight shots compared to Northeast United’s two shots.
The hosts got their first chance in the second half when Kule Mbombo’s shot hit the post and went straight into the hands of the goalkeeper Rehenesh TP. Just after that, Jamshedpur had the chance to double their lead when they caught their opponents out with a quick corner.
But in the 57th minute, the Red Miners got another chance which they converted into a spectacular goal. Crivellaro found Chukwu in his through ball who calmly hit that into the back of the net.
The Highlanders were still fighting and creating chances but they tested Rehenesh only on a couple of occasions as their struggles in front of the goal continued.
Jamshedpur, on the other hand, secured all three points in this game. Head coach Aidy Boothroyd will be delighted with the performance and this victory will surely boost their confidence going forward as the side returns home to the Furnace where they will play hosts to ATK Mohun Bagan on Thursday.
For Northeast United, things are still not going their way as they got another defeat. They are at the bottom of the table, having conceded 45 goals this season. With this, they became the first team in the history of the ISL to concede more than 44 goals in a single season.
Annese would be disappointed for sure but would like to finish things off on a positive note and they have very little time to get things right as they travel to Kolkata to face Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal on Wednesday.