A close game between SC East Bengal and Jamshedpur FC saw both sides net in the first half and the game ending in a 1-1 stalemate. Either side nullified the other in an intense tactical battle.
Jose Manuel Diaz fielded a vintage 4-4-2 setup, handing Lalrinliana Hnamte and Hira Mondal their ISL debuts for East Bengal. Owen Coyle put forward quite a familiar look, naming his new attacking duo Jordan Murray and Greg Stewart among the subs.
SC East Bengal and Jamshedpur FC both scored from set-pieces. Croatian centre-half Franjo Prce (17′) bagged an exquisite opener for the Red and Golds. At the other end, skipper Peter Hartley (45+3′) levelled just before the halftime whistle for the Men of Steel.
SC EAST BENGAL : PLAYER RATINGS
Goal-keeper : Arindam Bhattacharya – 7.5/10
Defenders : Hira Mondal – 7/10, Franjo Prce – 8/10, Tomislav Mrcela – 7/10, Mohammed Rafique – 7/10
Midfielders : Bikash Jairu – 6/10, W. Angousana – 7/10, Sourav Das – 7.5/10, L. Hnamte – 6/10
Forwards : Antonio Perosevic – 8.5/10, Daniel Chima – 6/10
Substitutes : Amir Derisevic – 6.5/10, Amarjit Singh – 6.5/10
JAMSHEDPUR FC : PLAYER RATINGS
Goal-keeper : TP Rehenesh – 6/10
Defenders : Laldinliana Renthlei – 6/10, Peter Hartley – 7.5/10, Eli Sabia – 7/10, Riky Lallawmawma – 6/10
Midfielders : Alexandre Lima – 6.5/10, Pronay Halder – 6.5/10, Jitendra Singh – 6/10
Forwards : Seiminlen Doungel – 6.5/10, Boris Singh – 6/10, Nerijus Valskis – 6.5/10
Substitute : Narender Gahlot – 6/10, Jordan Murray – 6.5/10, Greg Stewart – 7/10, Ishan Pandita – 6/10, Komal Thatal – 6/10
SC EAST BENGAL 1-1 JAMSHEDPUR FC : PLAYER OF THE MATCH
It was the debutant Antonio Perosevic who grabbed the Hero of the Match award. Even prior to kick-off, massive expectations rested on Daniel Chima Chukwu’s shoulders. However, Perosevic turned out to be the man who impressed most for the Red & Gold Brigade.
The 29-year-old forward showcased intelligent movement while holding the ball and quick footwork while dribbling. His proclivity to face opposing defenders head-on displayed lots of promise.
He created 3 opportunities, fired 1 out of his 3 shots on target and registered 3 attempted crosses. All in all, a delightful showing from the Croatian attacker.
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