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Jamshedpur FC hold Bengaluru FC to 2-2 draw with late strike

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Sergio Cidoncha's minute strike salvaged a 2-2 draw for FC against Bengaluru FC in a pulsating match of the here on Sunday.

Nishu Kumar's stunning volley at the of half-time put the hosts ahead.

Youngster made history when he came on for FC as a substitute and scored on his debut to equalise.

Later Sunil Chhetri's header in the 88th minute was cancelled out by Cidoncha's effort in added time (90+4).

and got their much-awaited debuts in the Hero ISL as FC named an attacking side to take on last season's finalists.

Carles Cuadrat's Blues were unchanged from their 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC.

Ferrando's side started the game on the front foot but the first real threat came from the home side 12 minutes into the match.

Udanta Singh's blistering pace allowed him to race past winger-turned-left-back Bikash Jairu into space on the right flank. The winger's cross, however, failed to reach Chhetri and was cleared by Tiri at the centre of the box.

Cahill looked to get on the act by teasing a through-ball into space for The right-sided had time to pick out Soosairaj's run into the box but the youngster's cross was struck with too much force.

Jamshedpur piled up the pressure as the first-half progressed but their final delivery into the box lacked clarity. struck a dangerous free-kick at Gurpreet Singh's goal but it sailed inches over the bar.

Chhetri's clever free-kick from the right flank was aimed at Xisco Fernandez who was waiting at the edge of the box. The Spanish midfielder's sweet volley flew inches past the post and was an alarm signal for what was to come.

Two minutes later, another free-kick, earned by Miku and taken by Xisco, was headed clear initially by Tiri. The ball fell to Nishu Kumar outside the box who unleashed a stunning strike into the top left corner of the net, leaving Subhasish Chowdhury helpless and stunned.

Miku was proving to be a difficult customer for the Jamshedpur defence. He ran in behind the defence and squared a good through-ball across the face of goal, inviting Chhetri who failed to make a connection.

Ferrando replaced defender with Mobashir Rahman and the almost pulled off another long-range goal. A brilliant strike from outside the box was kept out of the top right corner of the net by the outstretched hands of

With 19 minutes left on the clock, 16-year-old forward replaced Jerry to become the youngest ever to make his debut in ISL. Ten minutes into his debut, the youngster produced a moment of brilliance to bring Jamshedpur back into the game.

Mukhi outmuscled Serran as he raced into the box to receive Maria Arques' chip and slotted the ball past for the equaliser.

Just as the Blues faithful thought they were done for the day, Harmanjot Khabra's long ball into the box from the right flank was headed into the net by to put the hosts back into the lead in the 88th minute.

However, Jamshedpur FC showed gumption as they pulled one back right at the death. Arques's cross into the box saw Cidoncha place his effort into the far post to ensure that they pick a crucial point away from home.

A hard fought draw earned today kept Jamshedpur FC unbeaten run here at the

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 22:30 IST
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