Last Sunday saw two Match Day 5 games of the Indian Super League (ISL), which ended in victory for Pune City and Mumbai against Jamshedpur and Chennaiyin respectively.
During the first game at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur were handed a 1-0 defeat to end their run of four straight clean sheets.
The match winner was scored in the 30th minute by 29-year-old Adil Khan who headed home from a free-kick.
Speaking after the match Jamshedpur FC head coach Steve Coppel felt that his side deserved more from the game
“When you prepare a team for a game, you prepare them to create opportunities. There is no guarantee that opportunity will be converted into goals,” said Coppell.
“The players committed 100% and I couldn’t ask for more. We worked very hard. I don’t think we got what we deserved. I think deserved something from the game. Football can be cruel sometimes.”
The loss left Jamshedpur with six points from five games, while Pune City have nine points from their five games.
Meanwhile Mumbai City found themselves back to winning ways at home whilst putting an end to Chennaiyin FC’s hattrick of victories.
Chennaiyin had the better of the exchanges as far as chances were concerned, but on the back of a strong defensive showing it was Mumbai that managed to pick up the narrow win.
Seasoned Cameroonian Achille Emana kept his cool to convert a 60th-minute penalty for the only goal of the match after a spot-kick was awarded when Balwant Singh was brought down just inside the box on the left corner by Chennaiyin defender Mailson Alve.
The decision which proved to be the decisive moment of the game, was disputed hotly by the visiting team’s players who felt the foul had occurred just outside the 18-yard area.
This was Chennaiyin’s third game in eight days.