Jamshedpur FC now sits on the top of the Indian Super League with their recent win against Hyderabad FC. Jamshedpur won by an overwhelming 3-0 at Bambolim, Goa, taking the place of the ISL leader Hyderabad. With that win, Jamshedpur secured themselves a spot in the ISL semifinals with 37 points, which is now two points higher than Hyderabad.
The lead was a result of an own goal by Chinglensana Singh, doubled by Peter Hartley, and the third by Daniel Chima. Alexandre Lima, however, opened both opportunities to score for Jamshedpur. The match between Jamshedpur and Hyderabad has been highly anticipated, considering that the latter football club has been dominating the leaderboards for the past few weeks. That is no longer the case now.
Hyderabad FC Falls From the Top of the Indian Super League
Despite the absence of Greg Stewart, who was serving a suspension due to four yellow cards, Jamshedpur managed to control the majority of the match against Hyderabad from the beginning of the game. For Hyderabad, they also suffered from absences from the team, which clearly took its toll, considering that Joao Victor, Juanan, and Bartholomew Ogbeche were all out due to COVID infections within the team.
The absence of the Hyderabad stars immediately made itself known from the very start of the match, with Chinglensana Singh sending the ball to their own net. This was due to a low shot by Mobashir Rahman that rebounded from Chinglensana’s foot.
By this time, Jamshedpur FC continued to put pressure on Hyderabad, with the early lead from the enemy team affecting the former leaders. Jamshedpur took advantage of this and doubled their score, with Peter Hartley securing the second goal from Alexandre Lima’s skillful corner kick. Gurmeet Singh, who debuted as the Hyderabad keeper in this game, replacing Laxmikant Kattimani, did not have a chance to save the ball. The first half ended with Jamshedpur leading by 2-0.
The second half did not fare any better for Hyderabad. Jamshedpur continued to have control over the game, with Hartley almost taking another goal for himself this season. It was Daniel Chima who gave the team their third goal with the help of Alexandre Lima. Khassa Camara messed up his clearance, and Chima was able to send the ball home.
Javier Siverio could have added a goal for the team, but his shot missed from close range, and even if he did manage to score, it would take more from the team to find an equaliser to Jamshedpur’s lead.
Hyderabad FC sits in the second spot in ISL rankings
Hyderabad FC now sits on the second spot of the ISL rankings, and Jamshedpur occupies their former place on top. Jamshedpur will play two more matches for this season, the earliest being on 4 March against Odisha and the last against ATK Mohun Bagan on 7 March. Hyderabad still has a slim chance of regaining their spot should Jamshedpur FC fare badly in their next two games. Hyderabad will finish up their run this season in their next match against Mumbai City on 6 March.