Bengaluru FC defeated Jamshedpur FC 3-0 on Wednesday at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur to earn its third straight victory in the Indian Super League (ISL) (2022-23) and move closer to the last playoff berth. With the victory, they move up to seventh position, one point behind FC Goa and three points ahead of Chennaiyin FC. Within ten minutes, Roy Krishna's stunning goal increased the Blues' lead before Rohit Kumar scored for the second game in a row to break the scoreless tie. Just after the hour mark, Siva Narayanan drifted in from the right wing and scored the game's third and final goal with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box.
Both teams entered the other's zone and often tested the waters as the game got off to a strong start. Bengaluru FC took the lead in the eighth minute thanks to a side-footed goal from Rohit after Prabir Das pounced on Krishna's through ball down the right wing.
After moving forward, the Blues were forced to deal with Jamshedpur FC's pressure. The home team kept possession of the ball while probing, at one point earning four corners in six minutes. Eli Sabia, Harry Sawyer, and Daniel Chukwu put the Bengaluru FC defence to the test, especially in the air, but they were able to hang on throughout a game in which Jamshedpur FC had their share of opportunities.
Overall, Jamshedpur FC maintained the ball longer and attempted 25 goals, but only four of those were successful. When Krishna launched a shot from 30 yards out and caught the hosts off guard just after the half-hour mark, Bengaluru FC demonstrated the value of being clinical and built a two-goal lead.
at the halfway point. Ricky Lallawmawma sent Sawyer, who was unguarded at the far post, a pinpoint cross. Prior to the ball bouncing over the bar, the Australian headed it into the ground. A little more than 10 minutes later, Narayanan's exquisite left-footed strike put the icing on the cake.
Sandesh Jhinghan and Alan Costa's defensive partnership at the back of Bengaluru FC's defence consistently withstood the physical and aerial threats that Jamshedpur FC forwards threw at them, leading to the Blues' fourth clean sheet of the season.
Bengaluru FC is only one point behind Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa in the standings, although they have each played one more game than Bengaluru FC, who is now in the playoff battle. On January 28, they will play the Marina Maccabees.
The playoff campaign for Jamshedpur FC is all but gone. With only five games remaining, the Red Miners sit 11 points outside the playoff zone. Their next test will come on January 27 when they host Mumbai City FC at home.