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With the win, Jamshedpur finish above Bengaluru at sixth-place in the table. Not the best of seasons for either club after missing out on the playoffs. It will sting a bit more for Bengaluru, who registered their lowest ever points tally in an ISL season this time around. The Blues have an AFC Cup campaign to look forward to though, not entirely over for them yet.
Jamshedpur FC hold on to their nerves to sign off with a win in the Indian Super League. The Red Miners established a three-goal advantage in the first half after goals from Stephen Eze, Len Doungel and David Grande. With their backs against the wall in the second half, Bengaluru FC retaliated. After Fran Gonzalez pulled one back, Sunil Chhetri netted his 100th goal for Bengaluru FC. However, Jamshedpur held on eventually to grind out the win.
PEEEEP! PEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEP! FULL TIME: JAMSHEDPUR FC 3-2 BENGALURU FC
The resulting corner-kick is dealt with by Jamshedpur.
[90+5′] INDIRECT FREE-KICK INSIDE THE BOX! – Drama of the highest order as Jamshedpur shot-stopper TP Rehenesh is penalised by the referee for failing to release the ball soon enough. Bengaluru have an indirect free-kick inside the box, but is crashed into the wall.
[90+3′] YELLOW CARD! – Jamshedpur full-back Laldinliana Renthlei is booked by the referee for a foul on Naorem Singh.
[90′] FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON by the fourth official at the Tilak Maidan; can Bengaluru find a late equaliser?
SUBSTITUTION FOR BENGALURU: Suresh Wangjam OFF, Amay Morajkar ON
[89′] CHANGE FOR JAMSHEDPUR: David Grande OFF, Mohammad Mobashir ON
[85′] OFFSIDE! – Narender Gahlot has sliced his attempt from a free-kick wide of the target after getting in behind quite easily. Although it was a shocking miss indeed, it wouldn’t have counted even if he scored since the flag was up on the far side.
SUBSTITUTION FOR BENGALURU: Dimas Delgado OFF, Namgyal Bhutia ON
[75′] DRINKS BREAK: Jamshedpur FC 3-2 Bengaluru FC; Goals from Fran Gonzalez and Sunil Chhetri has breathed new life into this game. This could be a remarkable comeback if Bengaluru can pull it off, just about 15 minutes plus added time left for them now. We’re set for an exciting climax at the Tilak Maidan.
Sunil Chhetri, what a performer. From his first goal for the club back in 2013 against Rangdajied United to his 100th tonight, there have been countless memories for him at this club. Truly the greatest player in Indian football, take a bow champion!
[71′] GOOOOOAAAAL, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC! – Sunil Chhetri has netted his 100th goal for Bengaluru FC in style. Harmanjot Khabra whipped in the cross from the right and Chhetri flew in to head it home. Game on at the Tilak Maidan, can Bengaluru find another to level things up? 3-2 at the moment!
TRIPLE CHANGE FOR JAMSHEDPUR: Peter Hartley, Isaac Vanmalsawma and Alex Lima OFF, Narender Gahlot, Nick Fitzgerald and Jitendra Singh ON
[65′] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! – The referee has brandished a yellow card to Bengaluru defender Pratik Chaudhari for a poor challenge there.
[62′] GOOOOAAAL, FRAN PULLS ONE BACK! – None of the Jamshedpur defender deal with a ball whipped into the area by Bengaluru from a corner-kick. The ball eventually bounces and makes its way towards the far post, where the onrushing Fran Gonzalez beats Jamshedpur custodian TP Rehenesh to find the back of the net. Bengaluru have pulled one back through Fran, 3-1!
SUBSTITUTION FOR BENGALURU: Xisco Hernandez OFF, Naorem Singh ON
[54′] LEN FIRES IT OVER! – Clever play by Aitor Monroy to take the free-kick quickly and he releases Len Doungel perfectly. The Jamshedpur forward races in one-on-one with the Bengaluru shot-stopper but he has fired his shot way over the cross-bar. Glorious chance missed by Len to extend the lead for Jamshedpur, Bengaluru breathe again.
[51′] SHOT OFF TARGET! – Suresh Wangjam attempts to go for goal from outside the penalty area, however, he is unable to keep his effort on target. No problems for Jamshedpur there despite being under pressure in the opening exchanges after the interval.
[47′] SHOT FLASHED WIDE! – Dimas Delgado releases Sunil Chhetri with a clever pass and the Bengaluru forward holds the ball up inside the penalty area. Suresh Wangjam makes a run and Chhetri nudges it towards him, but the Bengaluru midfielder has then flashed his shot wide of the far post from a narrow angle.
DOUBLE CHANGE FOR BENGALURU: Ajith Kumar and Wungngayam Muirang OFF, Erik Paartalu and Fran Gonzalez ON
[46′] PEEEEEEP! WE’RE BACK LIVE! – Bengaluru FC get us underway in the second half, they are playing from left to right in their environment-friendly green third kit and hoping to spark an incredible turnaround after trailing Jamshedpur by three goals.
Live action from the second half coming your way on the other side, stay tuned!
Bengaluru have a herculean task on their hands in the second half. They started brightly, but have been thrown off the rails after that onslaught by Jamshedpur. Although Rehenesh was tested a couple of times, Bengaluru have looked far from their menacing best. Naushad Moosa and company have 45 minutes to try and turn this around, but Owen Coyle is expected to rally Jamshedpur into grinding out the win.
Jamshedpur are in cruise control. There has been a sense of fearlessness about them in recent games and it was evident here in the first half. Stephen Eze opened the scoring from a set-piece before Len Doungel doubled the advantage shortly after the drinks break. David Grande then punished Bengaluru for switching off during another set-piece and ensured Jamshedpur have now scored three goals in the first half of an ISL game for the first time in their history.
PEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEP! HALF TIME: JAMSHEDPUR FC 3-0 BENGALURU FC
[45′] TWO MINUTES ADDED ON by the fourth official at the Tilak Maidan.
[44′] FREE-KICK PUSHED AWAY! – Xisco Hernandez aims for the far corner from a free-kick, but Jamshedpur shot-stopper TP Rehenesh is at full stretch to deny him. Bengaluru are unable to cause any problems from the resulting corner.
Do Bengaluru have a way back from here? As far as their performance so far is concerned, it remains highly unlikely. Football is a strange game though and Jamshedpur will know they have to prevent complacency from seeping in. Important not to concede before the interval.
[41′] GOOOOOAAAAL, GRANDE GETS ON THE ACT! – Aitor Monroy whips in another excellent free-kick from the right flank and Bengaluru concede again. David Grande peels away from his marker without a fuss and plants his header into the back of the net. Bengaluru found wanting at the back yet again and Jamshedpur punish them. 3-0 and this is turning out to be a bit embarrassing for the former champions!
Bengaluru FC have a mountain to climb now. As things stand, Owen Coyle and his men are signing off in style. The revival came a little too late for them unfortunately, but if they hold on here then they have plenty of promise to build on for next season.
[34′] GOOOOOOOAAAL, LEN-TASTIC! – Farukh Choudhary sprays the ball towards Len Doungel. The Jamshedpur winger drops his shoulder and skips past Ajith Kumar before firing his shot beyond the reach of Bengaluru custodian Lalthuammawia Ralte. Excellent finish into the far corner, pure moment of brilliance from Len. 2-0 to Jamshedpur.
[30′] DRINKS BREAK: Jamshedpur FC 1-0 Bengaluru FC; Stephen Eze has netted the opening goal from guess what? A set-piece of course! The Jamshedpur centre-back is the highest-scoring defender in the ISL this term. Bengaluru will be eager to not let Eze hand them a defeat like in the reverse fixture.
[28′] SHOT BLASTED OVER! – Sunil Chhetri receives the ball inside the final third for Bengaluru and peels away from his man before attempting an audacious shot from way outside the box. Unfortunately for him, the shot was rising even as it went way over the cross-bar.
[27′] FOUL ON LIMA! – The Jamshedpur midfielder is pulled from behind by Dimas Delgado as he attempts to dribble away with the ball.
Eze’s goal proved to be the difference between these sides the last time they met, but Bengaluru will be hoping that isn’t the case here. Feels like a fairly open contest as well, plenty of time left to spark a comeback.
[16′] GOOOOOAAAL, EZE AGAIN! – Jamshedpur defender Stephen Eze has scored just like in the reverse fixture against Bengaluru. Aitor Monroy floated the set-piece towards the far post and Bengaluru shot-stopper Lalthuammawia Ralte missed it completely after coming off his line to punch it clear. Eze was waiting behind and makes no mistake with his header from close range. Jamshedpur have taken the lead in Vasco, 1-0!
[15′] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! – Bengaluru defender Wungngayam Muirang is the first player to receive a booking after clattering into Jamshedpur winger Len Doungel on the right flank.
[11′] CHANCE MISSED AT THE OTHER END! – Lalthuammawia Ralte releases the ball with an excellent kick. Sunil Chhetri latches on and races through on goal before unselfishly squaring it across goal for Udanta Singh on the far side. The Bengaluru winger gets his shot away, but Jamshedpur shot-stopper TP Rehenesh is equal to the task and lifts his effort over the cross-bar with a good save. Bengaluru unable to force the initiative from the resulting corner.
[10′] TAME ATTEMPT! – Len Doungel produces a clever one-two exchange to race inside the Bengaluru penalty area from the right flank. The winger then attempts to wrap his left-foot around the shot, but he has failed to get enough purchase on it. In the end, the shot is tame and rolls safely into the hands of Bengaluru custodian Lalthuammawia Ralte after a slight deflection.
[6′] FREE-KICK SAILS OVER! – Seiminlen Doungel has conceded a foul right at the edge of the Jamshedpur penalty area after bringing down Parag Srivas. Sunil Chhetri stands behind the dead ball situation and attempts a dipping shot over the wall. However, the effort from the Bengaluru captain has sailed over the cross-bar, much to the relief of Jamshedpur.
[4′] HEADER STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER! – Farukh Choudhary produces a clever back-heel to feed the ball towards Ricky Lallawmawma. The Jamshedpur full-back then sends in a cross towards David Grande, who leaps high but his header is straight at Bengaluru shot-stopper Lalthuammawia Ralte.
The delivery is too deep from the resulting corner and causes no trouble for Bengaluru.
[2′] CORNER TO JAMSHEDPUR! – Laldinliana Renthlei overlaps on the right flank and attempts to whip in a cross from the near the byline. However, Bengaluru full-back Ajith Kumar has stayed with him and blocks the delivery behind for an early corner.
[1′] PEEEEEEEP! WE’RE UNDERWAY! – Jamshedpur FC kick-off proceedings in the first half, they are playing from left to right in their traditional red home kit.
Both sets of players disperse after the national anthem and pose for the customary team photo. Captains Peter Hartley and Dimas Delgado will meet at the coin toss now.
Now Jamshedpur FC follow their counterparts onto the lush green grass at the Tilak Maidan. The Red Miners are in their traditional red home kit.
Bengaluru FC are the first team walking out of the tunnel, the former champions are donning their green environment-friendly third kit for their final game of the season.
TICK TOCK! – About 30 minutes remaining for KICK-OFF at the Tilak Maidan. Now might be a good time for you to sit back and fine-tune your FANTASY XI.
OPTIONS! – Naushad Moosa has named the likes of Joe Zoherliana, Erik Paartalu, Fran Gonzalez and Semboi Haokip among others on the bench for Bengaluru. All of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Cleiton Silva, Rahul Bheke and Ashique Kuruniyan are not part of the squad.
FRESH BLOOD! – Bengaluru FC have opted to test out many of their fringe players for the final game. Second-choice custodian Lalthuammawia Ralte starts between the sticks and an all-Indian defence features in front of him. Wungngayam Muirang, Pratik Chaudhari and Ajith Kumar in the back-line while seasoned campaigner Dimas Delgado returns in midfield.
Bengaluru FC XI: Lalthuammawia Ralte (GK); Ajith Kumar, Pratik Chaudhari, Wungngayam Muirang, Parag Srivas, Harmanjot Khabra, Suresh Wangjam, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Xisco Hernandez, Sunil Chhetri
Subs: Lara Sharma (GK); Joe Zoherliana, Namgyal Bhutia, Fran Gonzalez, Erik Paartalu, Amay Morajkar, Edmund Lalrindika, Semboi Haokip, Naorem Singh
BORIS ON THE BENCH! – Young full-back Boris Singh has to remain on the bench despite scoring in the last game. Owen Coyle has also named the likes of Nick Fitzgerald, William Lalnunfela and Mohammad Mobashir among others as substitutes for Jamshedpur.
GRANDE STARTS! – Jamshedpur have handed a start to David Grande after he scored in the last outing. No other changes to their side that beat Mumbai City. Farukh Choudhary is likely to be deployed more centrally again and will look to build on his strong display last time around. Nerijus Valskis is absent from the squad owing to suspension.
Jamshedpur FC XI: TP Rehenesh (GK); Laldinliana Renthlei, Stephen Eze, Peter Hartley, Ricky Lallawmawma, Alex Lima, Aitor Monroy, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Farukh Choudhary, Seiminlen Doungel, David Grande
Subs: Pawan Kumar (GK); Boris Singh, Narender Gahlot, Joyner Lourenco, Karan Amin, Mohammad Mobashir, Jitendra Singh, Nick Fitzgerald, William Lalnunfela
The TEAM NEWS will arrive shortly. We shall delve into the finer details as and when we receive confirmation from both camps on their line-ups.
Bengaluru also won against Mumbai City, but the 2-1 defeat to FC Goa in their last outing forced their exit from the race for playoffs. For their ridiculously high standards, Bengaluru have under-performed this term. However, they still have the AFC Cup to look forward to and interim coach Naushad Moosa will want to hand over duties to newly-appointed Marco Pezzaiuoli with a win.
Jamshedpur are buoyed by their 2-0 triumph over Mumbai City FC. Undoubtedly, it was the Red Miners’ most impressive performance this term. Even though it came a little too late, Owen Coyle will demand nothing short of the same to cap off his debut season at the club on a winning note.
ONE LAST TIME! – The Indian Super League campaign draws to a close for both Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC tonight. Despite missing out on the playoffs, the sides will be keen to finish on a high as they prepare to lock horns at the Tilak Maidan. Can Jamshedpur replicate their narrow win in the reverse fixture or will Bengaluru get one over their counterparts to finish sixth in the table? THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE ENSEMBLE CAST!