Sergio Castel scored on his return to propel his side in the top-four race ….
Sergio Castel’s inclusion on the substitutes list was the big team news from the Jamshedpur camp. Meanwhile, Kerala boss Eelco Schattorie provided a rare start for youngster Sahal Abdul Samad in midfield.
The visitors started the game on the front foot and dominated the first quarter of the game. The high press spelt danger from the word go and it’s not surprising that the first goal of the night was born as a result of relentless pressing from Mohamad Rakip and Messi.
Jamshedpur custodian played the ball to Bikash Jairu, who returned the pass due to the pressure from Rakip. The custodian was unable to deal with the pressure from Messi, lost the ball and the Cameroonian netted the ball from an awkward angle to make it 1-0.
The hosts reacted well to going behind, looked more committed in attack and were not afraid to push men forward. There were signs of an equaliser before half-time and Acosta translated his impressive performance to the scoresheet. Aitor Monroy played the Spaniard in with a delicate chip above the Kerala defence. Acosta took it first time to guide the ball to the bottom corner at the far-post.
An early injury in the first half had forced Jamshedpur defender Tiri off the pitch but his side did well to recover and get themselves back into the game before half-time.
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