NorthEast United FC and Jamshedpur FC were on Monday involved in a six-goal entertainer that ended 3-3 in a Hero Indian Super League clash at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
NorthEast United FC and Jamshedpur FC were on Monday involved in a six-goal entertainer that ended 3-3 in an Indian Super League clash at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. Although both teams are out of the playoff race, there was plenty of goalmouth action on a show and in the end, it was difficult to separate the sides.
Jamshedpur and NorthEast United stand seventh and ninth on the table. Federico Gallego (4th minute), Redeem Tlang (77th) and Jose Leudo (66th) scored for the hosts while Davide Grande (45+1st), Noe Acosta (82nd) and Memo (85th) found the back of the net for the visitors.
It took just five minutes for NorthEast to break the deadlock. Ninthoinganba Meetei split the Jamshedpur defense with a good through-ball for Andrew Keogh whose shot was kept out by goalkeeper Rafique Ali. The rebound fell into the path of Gallego who placed the ball into the net.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between for both sides. Bikash Jairu could have equalized for Jamshedpur minutes after the half-hour mark, but a poor first touch to control Aniket Jadhav’s cross allowed NorthEast custodian Subhasish Roy Chowdhury to pounce on the ball.
The visitors came back into the game just before the break. Aniket won a header in the air and flicked the ball into the path of Amarjit Singh who delivered an accurate cross into the box from the right flank. Grande rose the highest at the far post and found the back of the net with a good header.
Nail-biting drama and goals in the dying minutes of #NEUJFC turned the game into a thrilling one despite the draw.
— Jamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) February 10, 2020
The equalizer inspired a sustained period of Jamshedpur FC pressure and it paid off in the 85th minute. Memo Moura rifled in a free-kick from just outside the box to make it 3-2 heading into the final five minutes of the game. The story, however, was far from over.
In the 87th minute, Farukh Choudhary received a second yellow card and was sent off. NorthEast United FC capitalized on the opportunity as Jose Leudo fired in to bring the Highlanders right back in. The tide shifted yet again as the Highlanders went on the offensive. Despite a few chances, neither team could find a winner as the match ended 3-3.