Kerala Blasters will be facing Jamshedpur FC in the second leg of the semi-final today in Tilak Maidan. In the first semi-final, Kerala blasters defeated Jamshedpur FC on a 1-0 scoreline at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Friday. Sahal Abdul Samad helped Kerala Blasters take upper hand over Jamshedpur FC. After five years since the club’s inception, the Red Miners have finally made it to the playoffs as a result of topping the league and winning their first major piece of silverware. The Yellow Army has made it this far after a gap of six years and two runners-up finish. This time Ivan had proper plans for his team. In the last match, Hormipam and Leškovic made a strong play in the defensive line that helped Blasters keep a clean sheet. Owen Coyle’s side has been in tremendous form and won their first-ever shield in the club’s history by beating ATK Mohun Bagan in the last league match to lift the League Winners’ Shield. Both teams have strong Indian players, so it is going to be a fierce battle to watch out for
Sahal Abdul Samad led blasters to an outstanding win over Jamshedpur in the first leg. He has scored six goals and one assist for the team this season.
Harmanjot Khabra was defensively strong throughout the game. After two-match suspensions, he returned to the playing 11. His performance was outstanding till the end.
Ruivah Hormipam made eight clearances in the last match against men of steel. He kept a solid performance in the defensive line with Leškovic. Hormipam hounded Greg Stewart without any timid.
Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters have met 11 times in the past and Jamshedpur has come out victorious three times. Kerala has beaten Jamshedpur only twice, which had come last season on January 10, 2021 and in the first leg of semi finals this season. This season, their meetings in league phase have seen one draw and a win for the Men of Steel.