Indian Super League: Cidoncha’s last gasp strike denies Bengaluru win over Jamshedpur

first_imgBengaluru FC were denied a win at the fortress when Sergio Cidoncha struck for Jamshedpur FC in the stoppage time as the ninth match of the Indian Super League 2018-19 season settled in a 2-2 draw.Bengaluru were being backed their famous fans ‘West Block Blues’ at their home Kanteevara Stadium but Jamshedpur showed steel to fight off last years’ runners-up.It were Bengaluru who had taken the lead when Nishu Kumar struck a stunning volley at the stroke of half time. It looked like they might get another victory at home but Gourav Mukhi scored on his ISL debut in the 81st minute to drawl level for Jamshedpur.Two minutes from time, Sunil Chhetri rose the highest in front of the Jamshedpur goal to head the ball home and put Bengaluru ahead once more but his fabulous effort to victory was cancelled out when Cidoncha struck home in the fourth minute of injury time.A cracker of a game ends all square at the Fortress as Jamshedpur pull level on two occasions. #BENJAM pic.twitter.com/2ddPjKLaeXBengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) October 7, 2018While Bengaluru rued losing two points at home, Jamshedpur picked up a very crucial point away from home after winning their opener in Mumbai on Tuesday.With the ISL stepping into the international break, the top five in the league table are tied at four points with Jamshedour on the second spot and Bengaluru on fourth.Tim Cahill and Michael Soosairaj got their much-awaited debuts in the ISL as Jamshedpur FC head coach Cesar Ferrando named an attacking side to take on last season’s finalists. Carles Cuadrat’s Blues were unchanged from their 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC.advertisement| Cahilling it! #JamKeKhelo #BENJAM pic.twitter.com/rfCeafyEiOJamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) October 7, 2018Ferrando’s side started the game on the front foot but the first real threat came from the home side 12 minutes into the match.Udanta Singh’s blistering pace allowed him to race past winger-turned-left-back Bikash Jairu into space on the right flank. The winger’s cross, however, failed to reach Chhetri and was cleared by Tiri at the centre of the box.Cahill then looked to get on the act by teasing a through-ball into space for Jerry Mawhmingthanga. The winger had time to pick out Soosairaj’s run into the box but the youngster’s cross was struck had too much force.Jamshedpur piled up the pressure as the first-half progressed but their final delivery into the box lacked clarity. Mario Arques struck a dangerous free-kick at Gurpreet Singh’s goal but it went inches over the bar.In the 43rd minute, Chhetri aimed a clever free-kick from the right flank at Xisco Fernandez, who was waiting at the edge of the box. The Spanish midfielder’s sweet volley flew inches past the post and was an alarming signal for what was to come.Two minutes later, another free-kick, earned by Miku and taken by Xisco, was headed clear initially by Tiri. The ball fell to Nishu Kumar outside the box who unleashed a stunning strike into the top left corner, leaving Subhasish Chowdhury stunned. Nishu Kumar unleashed a stunning volley in the 45th minute of Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FC. (ISL Photo)Miku was a constant difficulty for the Jamshedpur defence. He ran in behind the defence and squared a good through-ball across the face of goal, inviting Chhetri who failed to make a connection.Ferrando replaced defender Gaikwad with Mobashir Rahman in the 54th minute and the midfielder almost pulled off another long-range goal. A brilliant strike from outside the box was kept out of the top right corner of the net by the outstretched hands of Gurpreet Singh.With 19 minutes left on the clock, forward Gourav Mukhi replaced Jerry to make his debut in ISL and 10 minutes into his debut, Mukhi produced a moment of brilliance to bring Jamshedpur back into the game.Mukhi outmuscled Serran as he raced into the box to receive Maria Arques’ chip and slotted the ball past Gurpreet Singh for the equaliser.Just as the Blues faithful thought they were done for the day, Harmanjot Khabra’s long ball into the box from the right flank was headed into the net by Chhetri to put the hosts back into the lead in the 88th minute. Sunil Chhetri almost headed home a winner for Bengaluru FC, only for Jamshedpur’s late equaliser. (ISL Photo)However, Jamshedpur FC showed gumption as they pulled one back right at the death. Arques’s cross into the box saw Cidoncha place his effort into the far post to ensure they did not leave empty-handed.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more