Jamshedpur FC sneaked a 1-0 win against the Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League at the JRD Tata Complex in Jamshedpur on Friday (8 February 2019). With this result, Jamshedpur team are just a point away from the fourth-placed North East United which makes them still a contender for the playoffs.
Jamshedpur’s coach Cesar Ferrando and his men could have potentially ended their play-off dream had they not picked all three points from this game. The Jharkhand side had the upper hand in the game but they failed to score any goal in the first half. They upped their ante in the second half thanks to Pablo Morgado and Mario Arques’s midfield antics.
The Mumbai City FC was constantly under pressure and gave away easy fouls. Memo’s goal at the 80th minute proved to be the winner for Jamshedpur FC. Memo sent a looping header past Mumbai’s goalkeeper Amarinder into the far corner to give his side the all-important lead which at the end proved to be the winner.
Mumbai’s coach Jorge Costa has got it wrong in the last two games with back to back losses, first against FC Goa by 2-0 and now against Jamshedpur FC by 1-0. Mumbai will now travel to play against the fourth-placed North East United and then to Kolkata against the Atletico de Kolkata.
Jamshedpur FC is also in desperate need of points now for they have to qualify to the playoffs. They place FC Pune City next but their coach Cesar Ferrando says that he is not thinking about playoffs now.
“Want to Go Match-by-Match”
“I told this yesterday that we want to go match-by-match and at this moment, the most important match is in Pune (next week). The rest of the matches are also important. Now we will try to recover the players like Michael Soosairaj, Carlos Calvo and the players who played tonight. I am not thinking about playoffs now. We played good football,” reflected the coach.
“If you play against a team like Mumbai who are good in counter-attack then the most important thing is to not lose the ball in midfield. I am proud of my team because they did not allow them to shoot the ball on target. My team kept possession because we are a good team and we like to play with the ball. If you lose the ball against this team, you have to suffer in a counter-attack,” he added.
Jamshedpur FC is to play FC Pune City on February 16.
#JAMMUM may be done and dusted but the battle for the Fans' Player of the Match is just getting started!
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 8, 2019