Jamshedpur FC secured a vital 2-1 victory over Mumbai City FC on Thursday night at the Mumbai Football Arena.
The victory propelled Jamshedpur to the top four for the first time this current campaign with 22 points from 14 matches. But the loss was a major setback for Mumbai, who have only bagged 17 points from 13 matches and were left stagnant in the sixth spot.
The visitors went ahead in the 37th minute with an own-goal after Farukh nutmegged Gerson, the winger released a shot which was poorly handled by Rozario and eventually pushed into his own net by Sanju Pradhan.
Everton Santos equalised for Mumbai in the 79th minute heading home his fifth goal of the season. But it was Jamshedpur who scored the winner in the 84th minute. It was Andre Bikey who initiated the move from the right by finding Kervens Belfort all alone with the keeper but could not get the better of Amrinder Singh. The rebound fell for Jairu who made no mistake to hammer it home.
Friday’s match between FC Pune City and the Kerala Blasters was a vital one for both sides for different reasons, but it was the Blasters that secured all 3 points with a 2-1 victory in the thrilling match, at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune.
The homeside’s coach Ranko Popovic’s outburst at halftime with the fourth official saw him sent to the stands. From there, all he could do was watch as Kerala took the lead in the 58th minute with a classy goal from Jackichand Singh.
Emiliano Alfaro drew Pune level in the 78th minute after jumping on the opportunity following a debatable penalty call by the referee. But it was CK Vineeth who scored a sensational goal in injury time who sealed the win.