ISL: Jamshedpur FC inflicts second defeat on ATKMB | Football news

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In a captivating game played at GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, a resolute defense from Jamshedpur FC held their fort to beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 in an Indian Super League match on Monday.
With the thrilling victory, the Men of Steel racked up more misery over a frustrated ATKMB team and their porous backline, which suffered its back-to-back loss after losing 1-5 to defending champions Mumbai City in their previous meeting.
The game saw it all – end-to-end action, good goals, solid defense, a stoppage on the goal line, deserving penalty calls denied. In the end, what mattered was Seiminlen Doungel (37 ‘) and Alexandre Lima (84’) who scored twice for Jamshedpur while Pritam Kotal (89 ‘) found a consolation goal for the ATKMB to reduce the Mariners gap.
Knowing the attacking prowess of ATK Mohun Bagan, Owen Coyle decided to keep things tight enough at the back with his boys sitting deep to absorb the pressure from Roy Krishna, Hugo Boumos and Joni Kauko in ATKMB’s third striker. .
While ATKMB started off with a high pressing play, JFC relied more on counterattacks. With both midfielders trying to gain the upper hand, the game offered a gripping competition from start to finish. Half chances arose at both ends, but it was JFC who opened the scoring thanks to a clinical strike from Doungel in the 37th minute.
JFC midfielder Jitendra Singh, fresh out of his teens, left Boumos behind near the center circle and had a quick run before releasing the ball for Doungel on the right. The Mizo winger had a sublime first touch and rocked the net into the far corner with a scorching right foot. Unfortunately, Doungel was only able to play for a few minutes before injuring his right foot, which eventually replaced him with two minutes to go.
Meanwhile, just before the break, ATKMB probably had the best chance of the game but they missed out. Kauko sent a ball for Krishna just outside the box as the Fijian striker ran to the right near the goal line.
JFC goalkeeper Rehenesh failed to properly recover Krishna’s attempt and the ball rolled between his legs before an alert from Eli Sabia cleared him from the line to prevent ATKMB from equalizing.
Tension erupted after the break and frustration increased for the Kolkata giants who couldn’t find the leveler despite hard work outside the zone. ATKMB were also denied a penalty by referee Rowan Arumughan when Sabia handled a ball inside the box for a corner kick.
Then ten minutes to go, Kauko’s pass found substitute David Williams near the D and the attacker’s shot was blocked by Rehenesh.
As the ATKMB’s search for an equalizer continued with a top pressing game, JFC sealed the deal with Lima substitute scoring within 20 seconds of entering the pitch with his second touch of the game.
The ATKMB were able to close the gap with a controversial goal moments from time as the JFC players’ right call for offside was not heard by the referee. But it could be seen as poetic justice to the ATKMB for the punishment they had earlier been denied by Arumughan.
With the victory, JFC jumped to second place in the table just behind leaders Mumbai, while ATKMB came out of the top four with six points from four matches.
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