The final clash of the Indian Super League before At Christmas, fifth-placed Jamshedpur FC faced FC Goa, who were two places below them in the table. Owen Coyle's men were buoyant after winning their last game and unbeaten from Matchday 1, but the Gaur camp was a little different as they had lost each of their last two games.
A crucial clash for both sides was in store, and here's what we made of it:
The game was a sharp tactical affair but there was no clear opening until the 33rd minute, when Aitor Monroy delivered a free kick to the far post, where Stephen Eze acrobatically cushioned the ball with the outside of his outstretched right foot.
Made to look like Eze
– Neel Shelat (@ShelatNeel) December 23, 2020
Jamshedpur continued to look good in the second half and they came very close in the 52nd minute when Isaac Vanmalsawma's cross missed everyone in the middle to reach Aniket Jadhav, who opened up after a few touches , but his attempt was parried over the bar by Mohammad Nawaz. The resulting corner was cleared and eventually Igor Angulo was able to run through to the left at the far end but failed to hit the target with his attempt.
Goa had a great chance to equalize in the 63rd minute. Alex Lima put James Donachie in the box. Igor Angulo stepped forward, and unsurprisingly, he didn't make a mistake.
– Sandeep Menon (@SandynoneM) December 23, 2020
Nerijus Valskis came very close to restoring the leadership of his team when he sent an absolute ripper into the top corner after a free kick, but it hit the crossbar and came out again.
Jamshedpur believed this was the score in the 87th minute when Alex let Lima fly and hit the underside of the crossbar, causing the ball to bounce underneath before twisting away from the net. Repetitions showed the ball was coming into play, causing further outrage among the home team.
FC Goa claimed victory in the 95th minute when Igor Angulo bundled a corner home to pick up a late winner for Gaurs.
What a comeback. Excellent
– Crevan Da Cruz ○ ● (@ crevanGoa_15) December 23, 2020
The game ended 2: 1 in favor of FC Goa.
Key Talking Point
An Unfortunate Loss
Jamshedpur FC hadn't lost a game since their opening game, but they hadn't managed to win too many until at least last week.  This was a solid feat to build on as the Men of Steel faced Goa FC throughout the game and arguably made them even better on the record. Their first-half performance was particularly encouraging as they defended with good discipline and created a number of decent openings before taking the well-deserved lead.
Their opponents were clearly the hungrier side in the second half, but Jamshedpur did well and went on to threaten early in the break. They nearly came close to doubling their record twice when Aniket Jadhav, Nerijus Valskis and Alex Lima rattled the bar (Lima's attempt also crossed the line), but the second goal kept escaping them and Goa's equalization meant they had to try. to score a goal again.
– Shaji Prabhakaran (@ Shaji4Football) December 23, 2020
It was a cruel and undeserved defeat for Jamshedpur FC with the last blow being taken at the last minute but they have to accept it and move on.
Rehenesh TP (5.5), Laldinliana Renthlei (6), Stephen Eze ( 8 * ), Peter Hartley (7), Ricky Lallawmawma (5.5), Aitor Monroy (6.5), Alex Lima (6), Aniket Jadhav (6), Jackichand Singh (6), Isaac Vanmalsawma (6), Nerijus Valskis (6.5)
Subs: Mobashir Rahman (5), Jitendra Singh (5), Sandip Mandi (5), Amarjit Singh (N / A)
Main talking point
A bad plan but a happy escape
The FC Goa has suffered two very disappointing defeats in the last two games and the last one must have been particularly bitter for Juan Ferrando, who obviously made his team selection wrong.
It is difficult to stand up for his team selection tonight as well, as Lenny Rodrigues surprisingly missed, while Jorge Ort iz was put in an unknown number 10 role. All of this, along with Jamshedpur's direct approach, made Goa look pretty boring in the first half, with only one shot on target.
One of the reasons for the incoherence of the Gaurs in the last third was possibly the positioning of Brandon Fernandes and Jorge Ortiz. When Juan Ferrando brought the two strikers back to their usual positions in the second half, Goa suddenly looked much better and they had good chances. In the end, they needed a center-back to move forward and win a penalty to equalize, but after that they looked a lot more likely to pick up a winner.
After surviving a scare from Alex Lima, they managed (quite fortunately) to do just that in the last minute of stoppage time and steal three points in the process.
– Not Vishal Neither Shekhar (@PowerPlayWorld) December 23, 2020
Mohammad Nawaz (4.5), Seriton Fernandes (5) , James Donachie (6.5), Iván González (6), Retter Gama (6), Edu Bedia (6), Princeton Rebello (5.5), Alexander Romario (5), Jorge Ortiz (7), Brandon Fernandes ( 5.5), Igor Angulo ( 8 * )
Subs: Devendra Murgaokar (6), Seiminlen Doungel (5.5), Sanson Pereira (N / A)  Igor Angulo
FC Goa's recent losses could in part be attributed to the fact that its main talisman was hidden, but that was not the case tonight.
Igor Angulo was back on the game report but missed a few chances to open his side's goal before finally moving from the penalty spot. He missed a couple of headed half-chances in the first half and drove his trouble when he could only beat the goalkeeper from a difficult angle in the second half. However, these mistakes can be rated positively as they at least indicate that the Spaniard was goal-hungry tonight. He won the match for his team at the last minute, although he didn't seem to know too much about the ball when it hit it.
– 𝙈𝙤𝙝𝙞𝙩 (@ mohitsharma13__ ) December 23, 2020
The former Athletic Bilbao striker scored 24 goals, won 4 duels and an important pass after both goals.
Clinical brilliance from Coro's worthy successor.
What It Means:
Jamshedpur FC's unbeaten run in six games ends with this defeat, slipping to 6th place, allowing Goa FC to occupy their previous place – 5th place. Stephen Eze scored his second goal of the season at the same end of the same stadium as his first, but it was Igor Angulo's first penalty goal in India and the late winner that earned him two goals at the top of the scorers' list that stole the goal.
Jamshedpur FC will face Bengaluru FC next Monday, while Goa will be part of the final ISL game of 2020 when they face Hyderabad FC.
Statistics courtesy of Sofascore.com