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  Odisha FC start ISL campaign with suicidal defeat
BHUBANESWAR,22 Oct 2019 (Team Orisports)

Odisha FC began their Hero Indian Super League 2019-20 campaign with a heart-breaking defeat when they went down fighting against hosts Jamshedpur FC by 1-2 goals at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur today. They took the lead after a Farukh Choudhary cross was deflected into his own goal by Rana Gharami.

Odisha came back into the contest after Bikash Jairu received a red card and Aridane Santana scored within a span of five minutes before half-time. The hosts, though, rallied and picked up three points after Sergio Castel scored the winner five minutes from full-time.


The hosts enjoyed most of the early possession, but the first big chance of the match went Odisha’s way after Jerry Mawhmingthanga did well to work some space on the right and delivered a perfectly weighed cross at the back post in the 10th minute. His cross was met by Aridane Santana, who headed inches wide of the post.

Jamshedpur looked in control after taking the lead, but that changed in the 35th minute when last man Bikash Jairu was given his marching orders for bringing down Mawhmingthanga, who was through on goal again.

Odisha scored the equaliser five minutes later when Santana produced an exquisite finish to rifle home a low cross from the right to make it 1-1. The two teams went into the break with nothing to separate them.

Odisha had a big chance to take the lead in the 68th minute when a cutback from the right found Bikramjit Singh in the box. Bikramjit managed to keep his shot on target but it was straight at Jamshedpur’s custodian Subrata Paul, who made a confident save. Undeterred, the hosts kept pushing and went close themselves in the 73rd minute as a Castel volley hit the side netting.

Both teams had golden opportunities to win the match in the post the 75-minute mark. An Odisha corner into a dangerous area almost led to a goal but their players couldn’t sort out their feet quickly enough to get a shot away. Jamshedpur looked to capitalise on Odisha’s wastefulness by hitting them on the break from the same corner. They worked themselves into a two-on-one situation only for Farukh to see his attempted lay off to Castel being intercepted.

The hosts though made no mistakes five minutes from full-time when a lovely through ball put Castel free on goal. The Spaniard demonstrated his class with an intelligent chip over an outrushing Francisco Dorronsoro that gave him his first Hero ISL goal and Jamshedpur the win.
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TOP: Players of Odisha FC pose before their ISL debut match against Jamshedpur FC in Jamshedpur on 22 October, 2019.
RIGHT: Action from the Odisha FC versus Jamshedpur FC match in Jamshedpur on 22 October, 2019.


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