Jamshedpur FC were off to a flying start in the second season in the Indian Super League (ISL) as they defeated Mumbai City FC on Tuesday evening.
Mario Arques and Pablo Morgado’s strikes in the first and second half respectively sealed the result in favour of the Men of the Steel.
Former Atletico Madrid coach Cesar Ferrando could not have asked for a better start to his coaching stint in India as his team displayed a resilient show in their very first match of the season.
The newly added Spanish flavour was clearly visible in Jamshedpur’s game right from the beginning as they focused more on keeping the ball on the ground and maintaining possession.
The two central midfielders, namely Memo and Mario Arques, played a pivotal role in Jamshedpur’s midfield and were the fulcrum of the possession-based system.
Youngster Jerry was a livewire on the right flank and was simply too hot to handle. Subhasish Bose, who recently led the India U23 side to the SAFF Cup final, found it hard to deal with the young winger's pace.
Jamshedpur could have increased their lead at the beginning of the second half had their attackers been a bit more clinical in front of the goal. Sumeet Passi squandered a golden chance when he failed to tap in the ball from three yards distance.
Ferrando showed courage when he introduced Jamshedpur’s academy product Mobashir Rahman in the second half in place of Mario Arques. The team was leading by just a goal and Mumbai were all over the pitch. But the Spaniard trusted the youngster to produce the goods.
Jorge Costa’s Mumbai struggled to find the possession right from the beginning and banked mostly on counter attacks. They came close to score on multiple occasions in the second half and when they did so twice, the linesman correctly raised the offside flag.
Jamshedpur’s only weak link in tonight’s match was centre-back Raju Gaikwad who had a terrible outing. He gave away the ball on at least four occasions which almost led to Mumbai scoring. A notable mistake from Raju was in the 39th minute when his backpass was intercepted by Modou Sogou only for Tiri to avert the danger.
In their next match against Bengaluru, Raju Gaikwad might be found out by Miku and Ferrando might replace him.
Overall an impressive away performance sees Jamshedpur picking up crucial three points before they head to Bengaluru.