Calcutta: Sloppiness personified could be the ideal way to describe Joshimar, considering his performance, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Thursday.
The Brazilian was in with several chances that an out-and-out striker is expected to convert. But he muffed up all of them, as Mohammedan Sporting had to play out a goalless draw against United SC in an Airtel I-League tie.
Moreover, United SC were reduced to 10-men in the 72nd minute after Bello Rassaq saw a second yellow. Yet, Mohammedan Sporting failed to find a winner.
United SC, too, had their share of chances. But what hurt them was the absence of a creative midfielder and that took out the necessary sting in their attacks. This is also a reason why Ranty Martins had to push himself a little backwards as he hardly got any ball upfront. Besides, Eric Brown, who was pretty impressive in the previous matches, looked subdued for most parts of the game.
One on occasion though, Brown almost found his name on the scoresheet. Fourteen minutes after half-time, he unleashed a terrific left-footer that came off the crosspiece.
Young Shouvik Chakrabarti, quite efficient in the midfield, came close to getting one through, off a set up from Ranty. His left-footer missed the target by inches.
Some credit, though, should go to central defender Luciano Sabrosa too. Playing his first game since the Durand Cup final, Luciano did give the vulnerable Mohammedan Sporting defence a bit of compactness, which the team lacked in their first three appearances in the competition.
However, Joshimar’s misses undid all the good work of Luciano and others.
Midway during the first half, Jerry Zirsanga set him up with a cross from the right flank. But Joshimar was just too late in reacting. Then in the 82nd minute, he charged through the right wing with plenty of open space around him. Now, as he was about to shoot, he slipped and fell.
Soon after, Penn Orji’s shot from the left beat rival goalie Sangram Mukherjee to find an unmarked Joshimar. And on this occasion, he deposited the ball straight to Dhanchandra Singh.