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ISL 2020-21 Jamshedpur FC vs Hyderabad FC: Late Jamshedpur equalizer denies Hyderabad a win
Hyderabad FC played a 1-1 draw against Jamshedpur FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Wednesday night.
Stephen Eze's late goal helped Jamshedpur snatch a point.
Aridane Santana put the hosts in front but Stephen Eze's late goal canceled out the lead.
Hyderabad looked the better of the two sides in the first 15 minutes, creating a couple of chances at the goal. Ashish Rai tried to assist Halicharan Narzary for a goal in the 16th minute but the opposition custodian was quick to sense the danger and cleared the cross with a punch.
Jamshedpur got hold of the match soon after and in the 24th minute Jackichand Singh forced Laxmikant Kattimani into a save following a pass by onrushing Laldinliana Renthlei.
Narzary once again was at the centre of another attack as he cut inside the box in the 41st minute to shoot but unluckily managed to find only the upright.
In the 50th minute, Hyderabad finally managed to hey the lead, after Hitesh Sharma's cross fell beautifully to Narzary whose shot forced the keeper into a hasty clearance but only to Aridane Santana, who shot it home.
Liston Colaco craftily worked out space for his teammates inside the box and laid the ball to Asish Rai, whose shot however couldn't go past the keeper.
Renthlei once again created an opportunity for his side when he played a ball for Valksis whose sliding attempt was not good enough to test the keeper.
Jamshedpur were denied a goal in the 71st minute when Kattimani's clearance off a set-piece rebounded off Santana into the net, but the referee adjudged Peter Hartley for a foul on the keeper.
But they managed to finally find the equalizer in the 84th minute when William Lalnunfela's pass to Stephen Eze was followed by the Nigerian working out space for himself to shoot past the keeper, as he helped his side restore parit, taking away a precious point.
Jamshedpur FC vs Hyderabd FC Highlights
Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle felt that the team should have won the tie, "Hyderabad have some very good players. Some of the Indian players have been doing very well this season and they deserve enormous credit for that. We never played well in the first half and Hyderabad were a little bit better, but not really any goal scoring chances. In the second half, there was a lot more intensity from us, should have taken the lead but then we conceded. From that point on, there was only one team trying to win the game. We never let our heads drop. We picked ourselves up and went again, and we feel bad not to have won the game after that second half."
" As much as Hyderabad were breaking in the second half, we were the team that forced everything on. I think that second half was much better from us."
“We were not good enough in the first half and at half time I let the team know that. Because at the end of the day, we want to make sure that we show that intensity that we want to be known for. I feel like we could have won the game. There are some areas to work on but there is a lot of spirit and we need to continue in the same vein to continue and pick up the valuable three points instead of drawing games.”
When asked which department will the team need to work on, he said, "Better defending. We cannot allow a shot on goal. We have shown that we can score goals, so we can rectify that [the defending],” he said.
Hyderabad FC assistant coach came for the conference as the head coach was sent off by the referee near the full-time mark, who felt that the team did well performance-wise, "It would have been great to go back with the three points but knowing Jamshedpur, with their very experienced head coach who kept motivating his side from the sidelines, we are very proud of our performance. The result was okay but performance-wise, we are very happy,” he said.
"We need to score goals but it’s not that easy… Aridane is our main guy but this is a big platform for any of the youngsters to shine. Going forward, hopefully we can score more goals and win more matches,” he added.
The coach was impressed with Colaco and Mohammed Yasir, "They are young and up-and-coming like many of the Indians that we have. They just need to keep their heads down and keep working hard. They have a long way to go but we are happy with their progress,” he said.