Jamshedpur FC rued missed chances as they played out a goalless draw with 10-man East Bengal, who earned their first point in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.
This is the first time that both sides have kept a clean sheet this season and while Jamshedpur also got a red card in stoppage time, they had more men on the pitch for much of the game after East Bengal’s Eugeneson Lyngdoh was sent off in the 25th minute.
Lyngdoh, who was starting a match for the first time since February 2019, got two yellow cards within five minutes. He was first booked for a challenge on Laldinliana Renthlei in the 21st minute before being booked in the 25th for a tackle on Alexandre Lima.
Jamshedpur dominated possession after that point but wayward shooting, coupled with some dogged defending from the East Bengal backline led by centre back Mohamed Irshad, kept them out. Jamshedpur took as many as 13 shots in the match and only three of them were on target.
East Bengal turned it around in the latter stages of the match, even having more of the ball and creating better chances to keep Jamshedpur on their toes. It was in these dying minutes that Renthlei, who was already on a yellow card, was booked a second time and sent off for his challenge on Jacques Maghoma.