Mohammed Rafi’s late header helped Chennaiyin FC secure a 1-1 draw against Jamshedpur FC in an Indian Super League game at the Nehru stadium on Sunday.
Wellington Priori put Jamshedpur ahead in the 32nd minute when a long free-kick into the box was headed out by Chennaiyin’s Inigo Calderon. However, the ball lobbed up towards Priori, whose powerful right-foot volley flew past a diving Karanjit Singh leaving the home supporters stunned.
With intelligent play, a goal and defending deep, after 88 minutes it looked as though Steve Coppell’s Jamshedpur would walk away with all 3 points.
However it all changed after Mihelic won a corner down the right side. His delivery was met by Mohammed Rafi at the far post and the striker sent a looping header into the goal for his second this season.
The results leave Chennaiyin in 3rd spot with 28 points, two ahead of Jamshedpur.
In Sunday’s other game Mumbai FC held Atletico de Kolkata to a 2-1 victory at Salt Lake Stadium.
The visitors took the lead in the 62nd minute through Marcio Rozario after he struck a powerful free-kick from the edge of the box, and although Poirei got a hand to the ball, he could not prevent it from going in.
The home team equalised just two minutes after the restart through Bipin Singh who calmly slotted the ball through the legs of an onrushing Amrinder.
But parity only lasted six minutes after Sanju Pradhan delivered a delightful ball from the left and Rafa rose high to guide his header into the bottom corner of the far post.
The win helps keep Mumbai’s hopes of reaching the playoff finals alive with 20 points equal to sixth-placed FC Goa and six points behind Jamshedpur FC who currently occupy the fourth spot, whilst for ATK this was their fifth defeat at home this season.