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Jamshedpur FC get the better of Hyderabad FC, qualify for the play-offs

Goals from captain Peter Hartley, striker Chima Chukwu and an own goal from Chinglensana Singh see Men of Steel climb to the top of the ISL table

Jayesh Thaker Jamshedpur Published 02.03.22, 12:24 PM
Daniel Chima Chukwu celebrates after scoring the third goal against Hyderabad FC in Goa on Tuesday evening.

Daniel Chima Chukwu celebrates after scoring the third goal against Hyderabad FC in Goa on Tuesday evening. Telegraph picture

Jamshedpur FC pipped Hyderabad FC with a clinical 3-0 victory to go on top of the table in a rescheduled Hero Indian Super League 2021-22 encounter at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim in Goa on Tuesday evening.

The result saw Jamshedpur qualify for the semi-finals for the first time. The only blemish in an otherwise spotless performance was the sending off of Mobashir Rahman in the 68th minute.

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Chinglensana Singh (5th) scored an early own goal to help Jamshedpur take the lead before skipper Peter Hartley (28th) doubled the lead with Daniel Chima Chukwu (65th) extending his rich vein of form with his fifth goal since joining Jamshedpur to crown a brilliant performance. Jamshedpur now is in pole position with 37 points from 18 matches, two more than Hyderabad (35 points) with a game in hand.

The result is more credible as Jamshedpur won against the leaders without Greg Stewart who has been arguably their best player. Stewart is serving a one-match suspension after picking up four yellow cards.

Hyderabad made a lot of changes to the side from the last game with Bart Ogbeche also not kept in the mix.

The game started on a frantic note with Chinglensana putting the ball in his own net after a Mobashir Rahman low shot took a wicked deflection off his foot and wrongfooted goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh, playing for the first time this season in place of seasoned custodian Laxmikant Kattimani.

The early goal hurt the league leaders as they shifted gears, seeing more of the ball in the final third with Jamshedpur pressing them higher up the park. Aniket Jadhav pulled wide after beating his marker with a neat piece of skill while the yellow shirts seemed to be finding their form.

But Jamshedpur doubled their advantage from a set-piece. Alexandre Lima swung in a delightful corner for Hartley to leap highest and head home across the face of the goal, leaving Gurmeet rooted to his spot.

At half-time, the Men of Steel led 2-0 and in the second half, the Owen Coyle-coached side never took their foot off the pedal. Hartley came close to doubling his goal tally from a corner and Chima dragged wide from close. The in-form Nigerian did not have to wait too long though for a goal, slotting home a botched Khassa Camara clearance which was set up for him by Lima.

Three minutes later, Mobashir was given the marching orders for his rash behaviour after hacking down Akash Mishra. Hyderabad could have pulled one back but Javier Siverio missed from close range as Jamshedpur capped off a perfect night.

”I absolutely liked it. Hyderabad FC has been the table-topper for a long time because they’re an outstanding team with a good crop of players. Yes, 2-0 was a dangerous scoreline and I am glad we scored the third goal. But even with 10 men, we would’ve scored the fourth goal because we were the team with the best chances. With so many players missing I’m happy for those who stepped in and delivered against a strong Hyderabad side," said Jamshedpur head coach Owen Coyle.

“They already qualified for the playoffs last week and we did it on Tuesday night. We want to fight for that number 1 spot and for that we need to perform well like we did today,” Owen said.

“Rehnesh has been terrific. It was his fifth clean-sheet, Peter Hartley had his fifth goal as well and now we have five wins in a row. So a lot of 5’s but the important thing was not 5, it’s 3 points,” Owen concluded with his thoughts on the game.

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