Jamshedpur FC defeated Kerala Blasters 3-0 on Friday.© ISL
Jamshedpur FC moved up to second with a clinical 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters in a high voltage Indian Super League match in Bambolim on Thursday. Greg Stewart (45th, 48th minute) scored two goals from the spot on either side of half time before Daniel Chima Chukwu (53rd) found the back of the net for the third game in a row since joining Jamshedpur. Jamshedpur now has 25 points from 14 matches, one match less than top-class Hyderabad FC who have 26 points from 15 matches. Kerala dropped to fifth place after losing 23 points from 14 games.
Jamshedpur saw more of the ball in the early exchanges as both teams carefully began to gauge what the other was up to.
There were no real opportunities before half-time, after which Kerala got things back on track and held the ball more, with players like Abdul Sahal, Adrian Luna and Alvaro Vazquez having more influence on the game.
Before Jamshedpur, Ritwik Das was impressed as he went past some Kerala shirts and went into the box to set up Jitendra Singh whose attempt was blocked.
Denechandram Meitei then conceded a cheap penalty when he pulled Stewart down into the area for the referee to point to the spot. The Scottish forward stepped up to take the dot and sent Prabhsukhan Gill the wrong way as he shoved the ball into the bottom right corner.
It was all Jamshedpur in the second half as they scored two goals to kill the game in five minutes.
First, Boris Singh was cut in the penalty area by Marko Leskovic to give the Men of Steel another penalty. Stewart stepped up again and doubled his total from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way again.
Chima then took the match away from Kerala after Boris sent a low cross to the Nigerian to shoot in on the half volley.
Ritwik Das then tried his luck from distance and saw Gill out of line, but the ball hit the roof of the goal with Owen Coyle’s men in charge.
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