NorthEast secured late draw against Jamshedpur FC in ISL
JAMSHEDPUR: NorthEast United scored a late draw to ensure a 1-1 draw against Jamshedpur FC in a Indian Super League game at the JRD Tata sports complex on Monday.
The hosts were the dominant team in the match and advanced through the fifth goal of the season of Spanish striker Sergio Castel in the 28th minute. But a 90-minute equalizer from Panagiotis Triadis said the undefeated NorthEast United record remained intact.
The result allowed Jamshedpur to remain in second place on the table, while NorthEast is now fourth with 10 points on his kitten.
Jamshedpur started with the front foot and seemed dangerous in the future.
Six minutes into the game, Noe Acosta dribbled to the left sideline and threw the ball into the center of the area to Farukh Choudhary whose acrobatic kick flew over the bar.
The Northeast defense struggled to contain a smart front line from Jamshedpur, directed by Castel. The former Atlético de Madrid player completed a wonderful team move near the half-hour mark to give the home team the advantage.
The splendid pass of Aitor Monroy in the area found Farukh, who squared the ball towards Castel. The forward knocked him down before sending the ball to the net.
Minutes later, Memo Moura's perforated effort found an unmarked Castel in the area, but this time, the forward fired at close range, to the relief of the visitors who fought for the first 45 minutes.
In an attempt to return to the game, the visitors became aggressive in their approach after restarting and gave away fouls in their own half.
Jamshedpur imposed a free kick routine from the training ground on one of those occasions, but Narender Gehlot, who slipped behind the defense to reach Acosta's delivery, headed for the roof of the net.
NorthEast showed signs of a comeback as half progressed and Triadis and Gyan saw more of the ball. The end fed the Ghanaian through the goal twice in a row, but the forward could not convert.
Gyan threatened again after the hour mark, pressing the goal after a quick counterattack, but he couldn't get past Memo, who drew his leg to hit the ball from the striker before he could shoot.
Jamshedpur's midfield, consisting of Jitendra Singh and Monroy, kept the ball well and frustrated his opponents.
But once again, there was a twist in death when NorthEast devised an equalizer against the game streak in the 90th minute.
Gyan threw a long ball in the path of Triadis, who attacked the space left unattended by Gurung and Memo to throw a final beyond Subrata Paul to make sure the Highlanders shared the loot.