Ivan Vukomanovic made big changes to the team in the second quarter. Sahal Abdul Samad, who scored the winning goal in the first quarter, was replaced by defender Nishukumar. Sahal was out due to injury. In defense, Sanjeev Stalin was replaced by Sandeep Singh. Harmanjat Khabra, Marko Leskovich and Ruiva Hormipam followed. Midfielder Adrian Luna, AYUSH Officer, Puitia. Alvaro Vazquez and Jorge Diaz on the move. Ishant Pandit, the forward of the Jamshedpur line-up, made it to the top eleven. Greg Stuart and Daniel Chuck were the others on the move. Pranoy Halder-Ritwik Das-Jitendra Singh pair in the middle order. On defense were Ricky, Peter Hartley, Eli Sabia and Laldinliana Rentley. TP Rehnesh in front of goal.
The Blazers shook the opposition early in the game. The golden opportunity came in the second minute. But Vazquez made an unexpected mistake. With only the goalie in front, Vazquez threw the ball out. George Dias gave the ball to Vazquez behind the Jamshedpur defense. In the fifth minute, Vazquez threw the ball into the box. But the AYUSH authorities could not reach him. Another flashback in the 10th minute. Diaz beat Hartley in the box. But that shot bounced off the post. The referee called offside, though he saw the target on the next move.
In the 16th minute, Lona’s cross was caught by Rehnesh. The Tilak Maidan Stadium continued to witness the Blasters’ first-class moves. Those attacks paid off in the 18th minute. Luna’s superb goal. Vazquez’s move to Luna on the left. Luna slid nicely into the box. One by one the Jamshedpur defenders stumbled in front of the move. The Uruguayan hit the shot, caressing it with both feet. To the right corner of the net, Luna found the target, overcoming Rehnesh’s jump. 2-0 up in both quarters.
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By the end of the half hour, the Blazers were in full control of the game. In the 36th minute, the Blazers got scared. From the freekick to the ball box. Chuck stepped out. The ball is in the Blasters net. The first goal was decided but later the referee was found to be offside. The goal was also withdrawn. Subsequent Jamshedpur moves were effectively blocked by the Blasters defense. The Blazers confidently parted ways.
At the start of the second half, the Jamshedpur Blazers headed in the box. The defense was cautious but the corner kick was deflected in the 48th minute. Pranoy Holder folded one during a scuffle in the box. But the referee did not notice the ball hitting Holder’s hand. The Blasters players argued but it didn’t matter. Vazquez’s goal attempt then narrowly missed. The ball bounced off the goalkeeper’s hand and into the net, leaving Sabia in front of the line.
Two changes were made in the 54th minute. Ayush and Nishu were replaced by Rahul KP and Jackson Singh. The Jamshedpur attack intensified. Ishan Pandita’s shot bounced off Gill’s hand. Hormipam also gave in to the free kick after the ball bounced into the corner. Stuart took the kick next to the box. Strong blows pierced Gill. The ball is at Jitendra’s feet. The ball goes back to the goal. This time around, Diaz became the savior. The ball hit. In the 71st minute, Dias’ solo effort did not reach the target. In the 78th minute, Lena’s free kick went into the hands of Rehnesh.
At the last minute, Jamshedpur’s moves came one by one to the Blazers goal area. The Blazers stood firm on defense. Leskovic, Hormipam and Khabra put out a fierce fight. The injury time was five minutes. In the 91st minute, Vazquez pulled back and brought in Vinci Barreto. The Blazers advanced to the final with a strong last-minute defense.
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