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  Odisha FC make Kalinga homecoming memorable
BHUBANESWAR,27 Dec 2019 (Team Orisports)

Odisha FC got off to a winning start in their first official home match of the Indian Super League here at the Kalinga Stadium, edging out Jamshedpur FC 2-1 today. A first-half brace by Aridane Santana (28`, 45`) ensured a conclusive lead for Odisha FC.

Jamshedpur FC pulled one back through penalty-kick conversion by Aitor Monroy (38`). The goal went in vain for the visitors, who are now winless in their last five games.

The three points allowed Odisha to climb to the sixth spot on the table, with 12 points from 10 matches. Jamshedpur remained fourth, with 13 points.

Both teams struggled to churn out clear-cut chances but the hosts broke the deadlock before the half hour mark. Santana nicked possession near the halfway line and flicked it to Nandhakumar. The winger dribbled forward, returned the favour and the Spaniard took a touch before slotting a neat finish past Subrata into the net.


Jamshedpur attacked in numbers and levelled the scoreline before the break. A clumsy challenge by Narayan Das on Sumeet Passi inside the box was punished by the referee and Aitor Monroy stepped up to place the ball into the bottom left corner from 12 yards.

Seconds before the half-time whistle, the hosts went ahead again in spectacular fashion. Nandhakumar crossed into the box from the left for Aridane who struck a brilliant volley into the top corner to make it 2-1.

The Odisha defence was able to survive the late forays into the box, thus securing a vital win for Josep Gombau at the first ISL game in Bhubaneshwar. Santana was rightly adjudged the Hero of the Match.

The Club Award was given to Odisha FC as they won the game. Aitor Monroy bagged the Player of the Match Award. Nandhakumar Sekar won the Winning Pass of the Match Award, while Shubham Sarangi took the ISL Emerging Player of the Match Award.
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TOP: Odisha FC striker Aridane Santana celebrates after scoring a goal against Jamshedpur FC in Bhubaneswar on 27 December, 2019.
RIGHT: Odia defender Subham Sarangi Odisha FC receives the Emerging Player of the Match Award in Bhubaneswar on 27 December, 2019.


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