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Jamshedpur’s glovesman TP Rehnesh was also at his best in the mega-encounter as he saved a penalty in the second half. Also Read - Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan Live Streaming ISL Final in India: Where to Watch MCFC vs ATKMB Stream Live Football Online Indian Super League on Disney+ Hotstar, TV Telecast on Star Sports in India
Kwesi Appiah and Rochharzela were among the two changes made by NorthEast while Jamshedpur made three changes to their line-up. Also Read - MCFC vs ATKMB Dream11 Team Predictions, Fantasy Football Tips For Indian Super League FINAL: Captain, Vice-captain, Predicted XIs For Today's Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan ISL Match at Fatorda Stadium 7.30 PM IST March 13 Saturday
Both teams displayed impressive show with the defensive masterclass in the first half as they managed to cancel out each other’s threat. As a result, no shots on target were registered.
NorthEast nearly had the chance to go ahead in the 18th minute when Idrissa Sylla and Appiah combined well at the edge of the box. However, the Ghanaian striker placed his shot wide.
Jamshedpur, too, had their chance to grab the lead and it arrived just before the break. Alexander Lima found Stephen Eze in the box with a long ball but the towering defender failed to get his header on target.
NorthEast started the second half with great intensity in pursuit of the opening goal. But a quick counter-attack from Jamshedpur saw them concede first.
Isaac Vanmalsanwma and Jackichand Singh linked up well in the opposition box. The latter then swung in a cross for an unmarked Jadhav, who found the back of the net with ease.
But despite conceding first, the Highlanders too had their chance to make amends soon after the hour mark through a penalty. The referee pointed to the spot when Eze brought down Benjamin Lambot in the box.
Sylla stepped up to take the spot-kick but Rehnesh dived the right way and produced a fine save to ensure his side remained in the driver’s seat.
The Red Miners almost doubled their advantage in the 79th minute but were unlucky. Jackichand received the ball on the right and whipped in a cross that was intended to find Nerijus Valskis but only managed to rattle the woodwork.
Jamshedpur defended with resilience in the dying minutes to ensure they bagged their second win of the season, they are currently fifth on the points table with two wins and four draws in 7 games. While NorthEast are at the fourth spot with the similar win-loss ratio as Jamshedpur, they later are one position down due to goal-difference.
(With PTI Inputs)