ISL 2020-21: Jordan Murray's brace sees Kerala Blasters beat Jamshedpur; Odisha, Chennaiyin draw

The match saw both teams failing to convert clear-cut chances. That Odisha had three shots on target while Chennaiyin managed just two exemplified how much both sides cancelled out each other.

Press Trust of India January 10, 2021 20:56:32 IST
ISL 2020-21: Jordan Murray's brace sees Kerala Blasters beat Jamshedpur; Odisha, Chennaiyin draw

Jordan Murray of Kerala Blasters FC celebrates a goal during match 54 of the 7th season of the Hero Indian Super League between Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters FC held at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, Goa, India on the 10th January 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar/ Sportzpics for ISL

Vasco: Kerala Blasters put up an inspired show to beat Jamshedpur FC 3-2 for their second win of the Indian Super League season on Sunday.

Kerala Blasters took the lead through Costa Nhamoinesu (22nd) but his goal was neutralised by Nerijus Valskis (36th) before the half-time break. Jordan Murray then scored a brace (79th and 82nd) to hand Kerala three points.

Valskis pulled one back for Jamshedpur in the 84th minute.

Jamshedpur started strong and should have bagged the lead as early as the 4th minute after some delightful build-up play. Valskis did well to hold the ball and found Mobashir Rahman, whose cross found Jadhav but the youngster's effort deflected off the post.

Seven minutes later, Kerala got a gilt-edged opportunity which was the best chance of the opening half. Gary Hooper put Murray through on goal with a decisive pass that split open the Jamshedpur backline. But with only the keeper to beat, the Australian skewed his shot over the bar.

However, Kerala soon made amends for the early miss as they broke the deadlock from a set-piece. Facundo Pereyra swung a delicious cross into the box for Costa, who got ahead of Jamshedpur keeper TP Rehenesh and headed home.

Jamshedpur rallied soon after conceding the lead and would go on to restore parity from a set-piece after Lalruatthara fouled Alexandre Lima in a dangerous area outside the box. Valskis curled his free-kick over the wall and into the top bottom corner past Kerala custodian Albino Gomes, ending his three-match goalless streak.

Jamshedpur dominated proceedings after the restart, making constant raids into the opposition box but couldn't find a way. The best chances fell for Jackichand Singh, who struck the woodwork twice.

Kerala were reduced to ten men just after the hour mark after Lalruatthara was shown a second yellow card for a rash tackle.

But despite being a man down, two defensive errors from Jamshedpur helped Kerala gain an advantage. They took the lead from a set-piece.

After Jessel Carneiro's throw-in was cleared away poorly by Stephen Eze, Pereyra won the ball and tested Rehnesh from close range. The ball fell to Murray on the rebound and he scored a tap-in.

A decisive blunder from Rehenesh three minutes later allowed Murray to score again, seeing the shoulders drop in the Jamshedpur dugout.

Valskis got on the scoresheet again to revive Jamshedpur's hopes of a comeback. The striker buried his header into the net from Mobashir's cross to cut short his side's deficit.

But in the end, his goal came a little too late as Kerala went home with the three points.

Odisha, Chennaiyin stalemate

Odisha FC and Chennaiyin FC traded missed chances to play out a goalless draw in their Indian Super League match on Sunday.

The match saw both teams failing to convert clear-cut chances. That Odisha had three shots on target while Chennaiyin managed just two exemplified how much both sides cancelled out each other.

Chennaiyin, the better side in terms of possession, though had a couple of chances to get a winner but their forwards were unable to convert them.

It was Chennaiyin who dominated the opening exchanges, creating multiple chances in the opening quarter. They had their first big chance during the second minute, but Rahim Ali failed to put his team ahead.

A long ball found him through on goal with only Odisha keeper Arshdeep Singh to beat. But his final touch was too heavy and allowed Arshdeep to come out and smother the ball.

In the 14th minute, Lallianzuala Chhangte received the ball from Anirudh Thapa and drilled in a low shot, but it only struck the side netting.

The first half got increasingly aggressive with both teams committing a number of fouls. Chennaiyin earned two yellow cards with Enes Sipovic and Jerry Lalrinzuala going into the referee book.

ISL 202021 Jordan Murrays brace sees Kerala Blasters beat Jamshedpur Odisha Chennaiyin draw

Eli Sabia of Chennaiyin FC and Diego Maurico Machado De Brito of Odisha FC during match 53 of the 7th season of the Hero Indian Super League between Chennaiyin FC
and Odisha FC held at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim, Goa, India on the 10th January 2021
Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for ISL

Odisha thought they had the lead as the first half drew to a close. Diego Mauricio headed in a cross from Cole Alexander, only for the linesman to signal for offside.

Just after that, Jakub Sylvestr had a great chance to find the opening goal. Reagan Singh found him in the box and Sylvestr was able to direct it towards the post, only for Arshdeep to pull off another vital save.

The Odisha keeper was in top form throughout the first half and was a major reason why both teams went in goalless at the break.

The second half started with Chhangte getting in behind the Odisha defence yet again and finding the side netting for the second time.

In the 71st minute, Ali wasted another great chance. A mistake by Steven Taylor left the youngster with only Arshdeep to beat again. This time he managed to do that but struck his shot against the post.

The last ten minutes of the game was mostly played out in Odisha's half as Chennaiyin pushed for a winner. However, the Odisha defence stood firm.

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