Defending champions Chennaiyin FC were outclassed 3-1 by Jamshedpur on Sunday in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.
The hosts enjoyed most of the ball in the opening minutes. Chennaiyin although started well, never got behind the Jamshedpur defence.
Pablo Morgado fired Jamshedpur into the lead in the 14th minute. A free-kick by Carlos Calvo was headed by Mailson Alves and the ball reached to Morgado, who whacked the ball into the back of the net from 30 yards, giving Karanjit Singh no chance whatsoever.
The lead was soon doubled after Sumeet Passi was brought down inside the box by Jerry Lalrinzuala. This was after Michael Soosairaj’s right footed shot was punched by Karanjit only for Passi to be fouled. Calvo successfully converted from the spot to make it 2-0 for the home team.
Chennaiyin pulled one back just after the hour mark. Nelson was brought down inside the box by a combination of Bikash Jairu and Raju Gaikwad and the referee pointed at the spot. Raphael Augusto sent Paul the wrong way to pull one back.
Speaking after the match, Chennaiyin coach John Gregory said he regretted silly errors made by his players that led to goals for hosts.
“They started very well. They were very quick for the beginning. Scored an incredible goal. After that, they got a debatable penalty and they were 2-0 up. After that, it was impossible to come back from there.
“We started the second half well. Then we scored a penalty goal. But we conceded again a silly goal. This is something which is hurting us this season. We never used to give away such goals last season. But I won’t blame my boys, they are working hard,” the Chennaiyin FC head coach said.
“We have made defensive mistakes. There were matches where we didn’t take our chances. Their (Jamshedpur) first goal was good but wasn’t a genuine chance. And the third goal was again a bad goal to concede,” the Englishman added after his team’s sixth loss in eight games.