ISL 2017-18: Mumbai City FC lose to Jamshedpur FC as horror run at home continues
Jamshedpur rose to fourth position in the Indian Super League points table after their 2-1 win over Mumbai City FC.Updated: Feb 02, 2018 12:00 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Mumbai City FC’s torrid run at home continued as Jamshedpur FC came away with full points at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday night. The loosely-contested game, that ended 2-1, swung in favour of the visitors thanks to an own goal by Sanju Pradhan and a second half strike from substitute Bikash Jairu.
Everton Santos’ fortuitous goal had pulled Mumbai level in the second half (but only for five minutes). And the home side will certainly have plenty of missed opportunities to look back upon as they crumbled at home for a third consecutive time.
Indian striker Balwant Singh was in the thick of the action for Mumbai City. He may have looked like Mumbai’s most intent player on the night but was guilty of wasting three wonderful opportunities.
The first of those came in the first half after Anas Edathodika had slipped just outside the box to put Balwant through on goal. But the striker could not capitalise, allowing Anas to get back and take it off his feet.
The other two came in quick succession in the second half. Mumbai City’s midfield spark Achille Emana had put Sanju Pradhan through on the right wing. Pradhan put in a cross to Balwant’s head, but the No 15 could not find any power to beat Subrata Paul.
Moments later, in the 60th minute, Emana played Everton Santos clear on the right. Everton floated in a pinpoint cross to Balwant’s head, whose header failed to trouble Paul once again.
Commenting on Balwant’s performance Mumbai’ coach Alexandre Guimaraes said: “He’s our top scorer but sometimes or scorers have these nights. But I know he will fight harder in the next game to get over this situation.”
Thiago Santos, who had scored a brace against Jamshedpur in the reverse fixture almost a month ago, also seemed to be off colour. He was played through by Emana’s chipped ball moments after restart, but could not find his feet, allowing Anas to sweep up. Later he would also fail to convert from a low cross from Pradhan.
Farukh Choudhary’s driving run into the box had put Jamshedpur up in the 37th minute. Farukh got past the defence to get his shot away as Amrinder Singh parried upwards. The ball struck the heel of Mumbai City defender Marcio Rozario and bounced towards the net before finally being driven into the roof by Pradhan’s desperate attempt to clear.
Pradhan, looking to make up, almost put Mumbai level but was denied by a fingertip save from Paul. Jamshedpur could have put the game to bed on a couple of occasions soon after. But strikers Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Farukh were unable to beat Paul, who made some brilliant saves to deny the duo.
“I think it was a team effort and as for me, I did my job. The whole team helped win the three points,” Subrata Paul, who spent two years with Mumbai City FC said of his performance after the match.
Mumbai equalised in the 79th minute when Thiago floated in from the corner. Paul’s effort to punch it out was rather weak and rebounded off Everton Santos’ head and into the goal.
Substitute Bikash Jairu scored the winner in the 84th minute. Andre Bikey put in a cross from the right flank to find Kervens Belfort whose shot was kept out by Amrinder’s outstretching leg. It fell to Jairu whose powerful low drive found its way into the net, as Jamshedpur temporarily rise to fourth in the table.
First Published: Feb 01, 2018 23:48 IST