Jamshedpur FC were defeated 1-0 in the semi-final first leg of the ISL by Kerala Blasters. Here are the three talking points from the game.
Sahal Samad makes the difference
The midfielder was on the scoresheet yet again for Kerala Blasters, which sums up his remarkable form this season. He showed great technique by lobbing the ball over the goalkeeper’s head to score the only goal of the first leg.
This season, the Kerala Blasters player has scored six goals and provided one assist in 21 games. Considering he is a midfielder, it is a very strong return to help him cement his place in the national side.
The longest winning streak in ISL is over
Jamshedpur FC won seven games in a row as they lifted the League Winner’s Shield at the end of 20 games. And their historic run was brought to a halt with Kerala Blasters claiming a 1-0 win.
Both Greg Stewart and Daniel Chima were unable to bring their regular attacking threat into the game. And as a result, they were unable to convert the chances that they had throughout the game.
It’s only half time for Kerala Blasters FC
Kerala Blasters don’t have a big advantage when it comes to the aggregate scoreline. They will need to add to their 1-0 win in the first leg to truly nullify Jamshedpur FC in the next game. With 90 more minutes left in the fixture, both teams are still very much in contention for a spot in the finals.