Mumbai City FC put an and end to their run of four straight defeats by Chennaiyin FC, drawing 1-1 with the Chennai outfit at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, during Wednesday evening’s Indian Super League match.
The game started with both sides somewhat sloppy on the ball and with not much action, the second-half was riveting in comparison.
Chennaiyin went ahead in the 51st minute after Jeje Lalpekhlua managed to outleap his opponents to score the opener with a perfect header.
It looked like the home team had done enough to take all 3 points, until substitute Leo Costa stunned the crowd and broke Chennaiyin’s heart, with a searing left footer in the dying moments of the game to salvage a point.
This was Chennaiyin’s 3rd straight draw and the result sees them move one place into fourth position. Mumbai are holding on to their second spot at the top of the table with Atletico de Kolkata, two points ahead of the midfield pack.
On Thursday, FC Goa managed to climb from the bottom of the ISL ladder after they beat FC Pune City 1-0 at Balewadi Stadium.
It’s not been the best start to this season’s ISL for either side with the latest result seeing the sides swap places at the bottom of the ladder.
The home side started the better, dominating in terms of the ball, but there was little end effort to their end product.
Rafael Coelho gave Zico’s men the lead in the 32nd minute, his side were awarded a free kick after Jofre was tripped up by Augustin Fernandes. The Brazilian made no mistake, curling the ball through a gap in Pune’s four-man wall, before it dipped in.
The side went into the break buoyed by their opening goal but the momentum soon disappeared in the second half, unable to capitalize on the opportunities that came their way.