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ISL: Goalkeepers shine as Bengaluru, Jamshedpur draw

November 03, 2019 23:12 IST

Bengaluru's Sunil Chhetri is challenged by a host of Jamshedpur defenders.

IMAGE: Bengaluru's Sunil Chhetri is challenged by a host of Jamshedpur defenders duuring Sunday’s ISL match in Jamshedpur. Photograph: ISL

Bengaluru FC had to settle for their third draw in as many matches in Hero Indian Super League after being held goalless by Jamshedpur FC, at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, in Jamshedpur, on Sunday.


Goalkeeper Subrata Paul was the star of the show for the home team, making several stunning saves, while his opposite number Gurpreet Singh Sandhu also had a big part to play, pulling off some wonderful saves.

The result took Jamshedpur to the top of the table, with seven points from three outings.

Bengaluru, meanwhile, rose to seventh with three points from three.

The match got off to a flying start, both teams trying to force the initiative early on. Sunil Chhetri forced Paul into a tough save in the seventh minute, before, seconds later, Sergio Castel beat Bengaluru custodian Sandhu only to be thwarted by the upright.

Five minutes on, the away team squandered a big chance after Juanan beat Jamshedpur's offside trap and found himself with room and time for a free header in the aftermath of a set-piece move. Paul, however, made sure the ball stayed out of the goal.

Shortly after, Raphael Augusto missed an even simpler chance as he failed to keep his header on target and even make Paul work.

There was, however, enough for the veteran custodian to do as he pulled off a wonder save to keep out Harmanjot Singh Khabra's cheeky side-foot attempt in the 20th minute.

The home team managed to create their own set of chances, but the lively first-half eventually ended goalless.

The hosts showed a little more urgency after the restart, but the first big chance of the second period again came the Blues' way. Five minutes in, Manuel Onwu was set free on goal by a pass from the deep but Paul was at hand yet again to snuff the danger out.

His opposite number Sandhu was also called into action soon after as the India international stretched out a leg to divert Mobashir Rahman's shot from just inside the box. The chance spurred on a phase of Jamshedpur dominance, and Sandhu was at the thick of things once more, as he kept out Farukh Choudhary's spectacular overhead kick from Piti's cross.

With both goalkeepers looking almost unbeatable on the night, it seemed like it would take a mistake or a moment of brilliance to break the deadlock. Substitute Ashique Kuruniyan tried his luck with one of his patent marauding runs around the 75th-minute mark, but found Paul in his way yet again.