Mumbai City FC ensured a win early on, putting 3 past Jamshedpur FC within 25 minutes for an emphatic 4-2 score. Labelled as a top-of-the-table clash, Mumbai City and Jamshedpur FC were both in impressive form coming into the tie.
After 4 games, the Islanders stood at a point clear at the summit. Meanwhile, Jamshedpur FC occupied 2nd place in the table, having resgistered 8 points from 4 games.
It took just 3 minutes for the opener. Cassinho was the first on the scoresheet, his Angulo-aimed cross rolling into the net. Bipin Singh (17′) made it 2-0 when the Brazilian presented him with a golden opportunity which was too good to pass up.
Angulo too got in on the action credit to a wonderful effort, putting Jamshedpur 3-0 behind at half-time. The Men of Steel did return stronger. Komal Thatal and Eli Sabia bagged goals to make it 3-2. However, Ygor Catatau made a cameo off the bench and put the game to bed with an outrageous volley.
Mumbai City FC: Player Ratings
Coach: Des Buckingham
Goalkeeper: M. Nawaz (6.5/10)
Defenders: A. Ranawade (6/10), M. Fall (6/10), R. Bheke (7/10), M. Desai (6.5/10)
Midfielders: L. Ralte (6.5/10), A. Jahouh (6/10)
Forwards: R. Fernandes (7.5/10), Cassinho (9.5/10), B. Singh (8/10), I. Angulo (7.5/10)
Substitutes: V. P. Singh (5.5/10), Y. Catatau (7/10)
Jamshedpur FC: Player Ratings
Coach: Owen Coyle
Goalkeeper: Rehenesh TP (5/10)
Defenders: L. Renthlei (6.5/10), E. Sabia (6.5/10), P. Hartley (6/10), R. Lallawmawma (5.5/10)
Midfielders: P. Halder (6/10), J. Singh (6.5/10), Alex (6.5/10), K. Thatal (7/10)
Forwards: G. Stewart (8/10), I. Pandita (6.5/10)
Substitutes: B. Singh (6/10), N. Gehlot (6.5/10), N. Valskis (6/10), J. Murray (7.5/10)
Player of the Match
With truly what can be called a perfect game, Cassinho grabbed the Hero of the Match award deservedly so. Post-match Cassinho: “Its great to score goals, give assists, but the most important were the three points. Chennaiyin (MCFC’s next opponent) is a good team, but we have confidence that we can have (another) great game“.
The Brazilian scored the opener in stunning fashion. Then he further assisted 2 of the following 3 goals. He could have had more if Vikram had been more clinical in the box. Tracking back and aiding the backline as well, Cassinho helped defend the Red Miners’ lead.
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