Mumbai score late to end Jamshedpur’s top four ambitions

A late Bidyananda Singh goal handed Mumbai City FC a crucial 2-1 win over Jamshedpur FC in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday. The result ended Jamshedpur’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season, while for Mumbai, the win helped them consolidate their fourth spot and gave their qualification chances a big boost.

  • Noe Acosta converted a penalty to give Jamshedpur the lead in the 7th minute.
  • Mumbai’s Amine Chermiti made it 1-1 from a corner in the 60th minute.
  • Substitute Bidyananda Singh scored in added time to complete Mumbai’s come-from-behind victory.

The home team thought they had taken the lead in the fourth minute after the ball ended up inside the Jamshedpur goal following a Mohamed Larbi corner. The linesman, however, adjudged the ball had gone out of play before hitting the back of the net and ruled it out.

Just a minute later, Mumbai’s disappointment stacked up as Jamshedpur were awarded a penalty after Sourav Das brought Farukh Choudhary down inside the Mumbai penalty box. Noe Acosta slotted the spot kick past Amrinder Singh to give Jamshedpur an all-important lead in the crunch tie.

The early goal, predictably, opened the game up with Mumbai looking for an equalizer and Jamshedpur eyeing a cushion goal. Raynier Fernandes tested Jamshedpur goalkeeper Subrata Paul in the 16th minute but the veteran custodian was up to the task and cleared the danger, with a little help from Narender Gahlot.

As the contest approached half time, Mumbai looked to be in control of the match but couldn’t quite fashion out a goal to level things up. The first half ended with Jamshedpur 1-0 up.

The second half began on a similar note to which the first half ended as the home side continued probing but couldn’t find the killer final pass to unlock the Jamshedpur defence. The equalizer eventually came from a corner in the hour mark. Diego Carlos whipped in a corner and Amine Chermiti rose the highest to head home past Subrata.

The goal was followed by a relentless phase of Mumbai pressure as the Islanders came close on multiple occasions. Jamshedpur, meanwhile, hung on for dear life and had little to offer going forward.

The away team finally registered a shot on target around the 78th minute, as Amrinder had to parry out a David Grande effort from distance. Farukh tried to follow up but the Mumbai defence acted quickly to clear the rare danger. The chance injected a little confidence in the Jamshedpur camp as they started to create more and Sergio Castel almost capitalized in the 84th minute. The striker did well to get a header in from close range, but Amrinder pulled off a magnificent save to keep the scoreline at 1-1.

The save proved to be a crucial one in the match’s narrative as Bidyananda Singh, who came on as a substitute at half-time, popped up with a late, late goal to hand Mumbai a 2-1 win.

Hero of the Match – Diego Carlos

Diego Carlos was a menace down the wings and kept the Jamshedpur defence on their toes for the entire match. The Brazilian also set up Mumbai’s equalizer with a corner in the hour mark and staked his claim on the Hero of the Match award.

AWARDS

Club Award – Mumbai City FC

Maruti Suzuki Limitless Player of the Match – Amrinder Singh

DHL Winning Pass of the Match – Pratik Chaudhari

ISL Emerging Player of the Match – Bidyananda Singh

Hero of the Match – Diego Carlos

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