Jamshedpur and Odisha play out a 2-2 draw via braces from Valskis and Diego Mauricio
The Juggernauts as well as the Red Miners were desperate for a win as both of them had disappointing outings in their previous matches. Needless to say that desperation converted this match with zero hype to a super exciting one with plenty of action at both ends. Even though both teams failed to secure their first win of the season, the neutral fans of football had plenty to rejoice.
Here are our 5 talking points of the game.
- Valskis – the man with a Midas touch :
Valskis knows how to score and he has been proving it time and time again. He himself earned the penalty in the first half and doubled the lead with a thunderous strike within another 15 minutes. He is now topping the leader board with 3 goals to his name in 2 games. His positioning and touches are too good to ignore and he is a strong contender for this year’s golden boot.
- Diego Mauricio – a name to remember :
When Manuel Onwu was taken down by Baxter to bring on Mauricio, the commentators were upset as Onwu had made some decent touches a minute back. Fast forward to another 30 minutes, he secured his first ‘Hero of the Match’ award, courtesy to his brace. His second goal, a screamer from just outside of the box which left Kamaljit Singh clueless, is a testimonial for his raw power. No one would have expected this from him if they had witnessed his performance against Hyderabad FC. Odisha FC will be a force to reckon with if Baxter deploys Marcelinho, Onwu, and Diego together in the starting XI.
- Odisha and their penalty conundrum :
Odisha FC has conceded 11 penalties ever since their inception in the Indian Super League, the maximum by any team in this term. They lost their last match against Hyderabad FC by conceding a penalty kick. This is something where Stuart Baxter needs to work on and have to rectify if they wish to qualify for play-offs. It needs to be mentioned that Odisha FC has conceded 9 yellow cards in their first two games of the season.
- The red card and aftermath :
T P Rehenesh had a season to forget last year and he was seeking redemption at Jamshedpur. It had been a decent game for TP Rehenesh till the 73rd minute when he was sent off for handling the ball outside the box. It was the first booked offense by a JFC player in this season. The resultant free-kick paved the way for the first goal of Odisha and commenced their fight back into the game. It also forced Own Coyle to take off Jackichand Singh and all of a sudden, Odisha started to bombard JFC goal box with crosses and through balls. Undoubtedly, that red card changed the dynamics of the game and gave Odisha the chance to come back.
- Calm refereeing by Pratik Mondal :
Referees are a species whom the Indian fans criticize a lot. Pratik Mondal, the on-field referee, appeared calm throughout the match and made sensible decisions. He never hesitated to consult his linesmen and made some late calls after getting prompting from them. He, at the same time, never hesitated to flash yellow cards whenever the match appeared to go out of his control.
To wrap up, it was arguably the best game of the season but both managers will be disappointed not to pick all three points possible. It was a pity that only 22,000 spectators saw the match online.