A day after Mohun Bagan lost 0-3 to Peerless SC in the Calcutta Football League, arch rivals East Bengal FC scored six past ISL side Jamshedpur FC in the 129th edition of the prestigious Durand Cup at their home ground.
TalkSports 24X7 analyses the game and marks the five most important talking points of the game:
1) Lacklustre defence of Jamshedpur FC :
The ISL side started off with a four man defence. Billu Teli and Baset Handsahd started as centre backs while Karanjeet Singh and Vikash Balmuchu were the side backs.
Jamshedpur conceded as early as the sixth minute with Jaime Santos Colado scoring from the spot. He doubled it very soon taking advantage of the misunderstanding of the centre-back duo. Throughout the first half Janshedpur continued their amateurish defending which cost them the match.
2) Jaime Santos Colado’s Magic:
Jaime Colado started the match wearing his magic boots. He went on a one on one situation with the goalkeeper to force the keeper for a foul and earned and converted a penalty on the 6th minute. As soon as two minutes after the goal, he again went on a one on one situation with the keeper from an amazing through ball to make it 2-0 for the Red and Golds. On the 11th minute, he landed badly on his shoulder and had to be substituted after three more minutes. But his team followed for the the rest if the match what he started during the first eight minutes.
3) Failure of JFC attack:
Jamshedpur FC went into the game with two forwards- Aakash Dave and 18-year old Pukhrambam Manisana. The youngster from TFA, Manisana displayed few skills on the left flank, while Dave got two touches during the duration of the first half, both of which he mispassed. JFC coach Kundan Chandra still trusted his forward, but Dave failed to satisfy his coach. Later, Vimal Kumhar, Sohrab Akhtar both were shuffled into the game but failed to score any for their side.
4) East Bengal needed a foreign forward :
Jaime Santos Colado started the game on a flow, scoring twice by the starting eight minutes but as soon as he was subbed off, East Bengal’s attacks ended in the upper midfield. There was a blank in the final third. They did manage to add four more after Jaime was taken off but with the presence of a foreign striker up there, maybe the Red and Golds could have scored a dozen past their ISL rivals. With the addition of Ronaldo Oliviera and Jimenez in the upcoming tournaments, the East Bengal attack could become something which may give tough time to opponent defences.
5) Is Crespi Pascual a better replacement for Acosta?
Johnny Acosta Zamora proved to be one of the most important men for the Red and Golds during their amazing chase for the title last season. Though, they ended second, they might have been crowned champions if not for a few defensive and goalkeeping errors. This time around in the I-League, there will be Borja Gomez Perez, the aggressive one in the back line, along with Marti Crespi Pascual, the calm play making defender. Marti did not seem match fit during the entire duration of his playing time in the match. He seemed a lot slower than last season, where he rendered his services to Delhi Dynamos FC in the ISL. Maybe he needs more time to become completely fit, but either way it did not seem that he would be able to serve the club what Acosta served last season. Crespi’s team finished at the bottom of the table last season, and maybe Crespi is not the perfect man in the defence with Borja Perez.
The Red and Golds lie top of the table with 6 points and will next face Bengaluru FC on 14th August at the VYBK in their final fixture of the group stages in Durand Cup. Jamshedpur FC on the other hand will be facing Army Red Football Team on 9th August at the Kalyani Stadium.