ISL 2020-21 Jamshedpur FC vs Bengaluru FC Live Updates: Jamshedpur FC lead 1-0 against Bengaluru FC as both look to put up solid performances and end the season on a high when they take on each other in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 Match No.106 at the Tilak Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Thursday. Stephen Eze heads in Aitor Monroy’s free kick to put Jamshedpur 1-0 up. Chhetri lays it on a plate for Udanta, who has his shot saved after being through on goal. Len Doungel with some very smart play but can’t get his shot right and it’s deflected straight at Mawia. Early on There are a few surprises in the line-ups today as Nerijus Valskis will be missed in Jamshedpur’s matchday squad due to suspension. On the other hand, Bengaluru FC shockingly do not have Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in the matchday squad and are going with an all-Indian defence. For both Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC the playoffs hopes have ended and now they will look to extract performances out of their players keeping in mind the next season, where they will want to fight for the playoffs once more. Follow all the live updates of Jamshedpur FC vs Bengaluru FC in News18 Sports’ blog.
Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC last played each other on December 28 and the former pulled off an upset with Bengaluru FC’s shaky form on display and got a 1-0 victory. Stephen Eze had scored the winner in the 79th minute and Bengaluru were unable to pull off any sort of a comeback. Both the teams were neck-and-neck throughout the match with Bengaluru getting five shots on target compared to four from Jamshedpur. However, Owen Coyle’s team was able to convert one of those four shots on target.
Owen Coyle’s men currently find themselves sixth on the table, two points above their opponents. While a draw would be enough for JFC to finish sixth, a defeat could see them lose their spot to Bengaluru. JFC will certainly be riding high on confidence after derailing Mumbai City’s hopes of grabbing the League Winners Shield, after a 2-0 win over the Islanders. “We want to replicate the performance we showed against Mumbai City,” Coyle said. “We came very close to achieving those playoff (spots) so we want to finish on a strong note. To do that, we have to play very well and try to win three points. Bengaluru still have the AFC (Cup) to play, they will be very focused, so we will have to be ready for the challenge.”
Despite a lack of wins, Bengaluru FC’s interim coach Naushad Moosa was proud of the way his side fought till the end. “The consistency was not there but we were always positive, trying to see if we can make it (to the playoffs) with whatever strength we had,” he said. “We always wanted to win because no one wanted to accept that we are not a good team or that we cannot make it. We were always trying to give our best.” Moosa, who has fielded as many as eight youngsters this season, said he will be looking to give them more game time in their final league game. “We are playing a good team and a coach who is very experienced,” he said. “It’s important that we have a balanced side but yes, we’ll have more youngsters playing tomorrow.”