ISL: Jamshedpur FC played a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters.© ISL
Greg Stewart scored a sensational goal, but Jamshedpur FC ended up playing a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters, who were saved by Sahal Abdul Samad’s equalizing goal, in their Indian Super League game on Sunday. Stewart scored a stunning free-kick goal in the 14th minute, but his strike was overturned by Samad, who scored his third consecutive goal in the 27th minute. Both teams went looking for the winning goal, but in the end had to settle for a point.
The result meant Kerala Blasters are now third with 13 points from eight games, while Jamshedpur is second, with the same number of points from eight games, but ahead of the goal.
Stewart showed early signs of continuing his purple spot with a stunning first touch to receive a ball on the edge of the penalty area, but the Scottish attacker’s effort went wide.
Minutes later, the 31-year-old scored an incredible goal from a free kick after Boris Singh was knocked down by Harmanjot Khabra on the inner left channel.
Showing skill of the highest order, Stewart curled a left foot around the Kerala wall to beat the keeper. All ended and nestled in the net of the crossbar.
It wasn’t long before Kerala equalized, thanks in large part to Alvaro Vazquez’s kicks as he turned around Peter Hartley and then skipped past another white shirt to shoot at target, only for TP Rehenesh to dive low and make a good save , but for Samal who made the rebound to extend his goal-scoring drive.
At halftime, both teams went into halftime equally. Shortly after the restart, Stewart picked up a yellow card for a challenge on Khabra and on the other side, Vazquez’s delicious chip came off the crossbar after Hartley unusually failed to clear the ball.
Both sides upped the ante and the last half hour was end to end.
Vazquez forced Rehenesh into action with a low shot that led into a corner, while Jitendra Singh’s volley rounded the corner from outside the box and headed straight for the keeper.
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