After the draw against ATK, Jamshedpur FC was consecutively held to a draw today by the NorthEast United FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Thursday. The Highlanders stole a 1-1 result against the hosts.
It was Bartholomew Ogbeche (20’) who opened the scoring while Farukh Choudhary (49’) scored an equalizer in the second half.The second forty-five was dealt with 10 highlanders as Mislav Koorski sent off right before the half time whistle.
NorthEast united FC locked their position at the top of the indian super league table with eight points ahead of FC Goa and Bengaluru FC having a game in hand, just a point behind.
Eelco Schattorie didn’t tinker with his line-up as they have started in the best ever way to an ISL season.
While after the 1-1 draw against ATK in their home, Cesar Ferrando ,made six changes. India Internationals Choudhary and Sumeet Passi started for the first time together,the latter returning to face his former employers. Pablo Morgado also made his full debut for the club.
Subrata Paul walked in at his former stomping ground after serving out his suspension from last season’s Super Cup. Along with Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Tim Cahill was also named on the bench from the matchday squad.
Jamshedpurs build-up play remained excellent throughout but were unable to breach the solid home defense. They were unable to register any shots on goal in the first half as well. It was Ogbeche’s goalmouth action early in the 20th minute that held the lead.
After the Croatian earned a red card for elbowing Pablo Morgado on the face during a Jamshedpur counter attack, the Highlanders had to face off the hosts with 10 men in the next half.
Ferrando went attacking as he introduced Michael Soosiraj for Pratik. Defender Gurwinder Singh was introduced to maintain a four-man backline in place of Nikhil Kadam. The card spelt a change of tactics in both the ends.
Cahill was put in with hopes to find the winner but NorthEast United soaked up the pressure inside their box well.
Michael Soosiraj left the bench to shoot right into the keepers hand with ten minutes to go as the away side would have registered themselves in the final third.
Jmashedpur remained with six points and will go back to host Kerala Blasters on Monday whereas the Highlanders will travel to Delhi a day later.