Hyderabad FC was denied a win in its final home game of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2019-20 season after Jamshedpur FC managed a 1-1 draw, thanks to an injury-time equaliser from Sumeet Passi at the GMC Balayogi Stadium here on Thursday.
Marcelinho’s delivery was headed onto the post by Adil Khan before a panicked defence cleared the danger. Jamshedpur struggled to make an impact in the final third and its first sight of goal was when Noe Acosta launched a weak strike from 25 yards. The scuffed left-footer was easily claimed by goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani.
Minutes later, Marko Stankovic was denied by Rafique Ali from a similar range. Adil failed to bury another one of his headers from a Marcelinho delivery after the half-an-hour mark with Rafique producing a fortuitous save. Hyderabad made a mockery of Jamshedpur’s possession of the ball when it broke the deadlock before the break.
Marcelinho’s through ball was cut off by Joyner Lourenco, but the loose ball fell to Gordillo, who rifled a strike into the back of the net. Jamshedpur’s star striker Sergio Castel, who had started limping towards the end of the opening period, was replaced at half-time.
In his place came Amarjit Kiyam into the midfield as Antonio Iriondo looked to change the dynamics of his team’s game. The tempo of the match dropped in the final quarter as both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances. Jamshedpur thought it had an equaliser when a free kick from a narrow-angle went straight in but the referee disallowed it for Passi’s foul on Kattimani.
But in the third minute of injury time, Passi managed to get onto Acosta’s free-kick and glanced a header with the back of his head to break Hyderabad’s hearts.