ISL: Jamshedpur FC defeated Hyderabad FC on Tuesday.© Instagram
Jamshedpur FC knocked Hyderabad FC off their feet with a clinical 3-0 win over them in a first-class, rescheduled Indian Super League meeting at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Tuesday. Chinglensana Singh (5th OG) scored an own goal to put Jamshedpur in the lead before skipper Peter Hartley (28th) doubled the lead with Daniel Chima Chukwu (65th) extending his rich form with his fifth goal since joining Jamshedpur to brilliant execution. Jamshedpur is now in pole position with 37 points from 18 matches, two more than Hyderabad (35 points) with one match in hand.
The result is more believable as Jamshedpur beat the leaders without Greg Stewart, who may have been their best player. Stewart is given a one-game suspension after receiving four yellow cards.
Hyderabad made a lot of changes to the side of the last match with Bart Ogbeche not staying in the mix either.
The match started on a frenetic note, Chinglensana hitting the ball into his own net after a low shot from Mobashir Rahman made a bad deflection of his foot and wrong footed goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh, playing for the first time this season in place of seasoned goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani .
The early goal hurt the front runners as they switched and saw more of the ball in the final third with Jamshedpur pushing them higher in the park. Aniket Jadhav went wide after beating his marker with a nice bit of skill as the yellow shirts seemed to find their mojo.
But Jamshedpur doubled their advantage of a set-piece. Alexandre Lima swung at a lovely angle for Hartley to jump the highest and go home over the goal, keeping Gurmeet rooted in his spot.
At halftime, the Men of Steel led 2-0 and in the second half, the side coached by Owen Coyle never took their foot off the pedal. Hartley came close to doubling his goal tally from a corner and Chima went wide from close range.
However, the in-form Nigerian didn’t have to wait too long for a goal, netting a failed eviction from Khassa Camara set up for him by Lima. Hyderabad could have pulled one back, but Javier Siverio missed close range.
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