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Pune City 2-1 Jamshedpur FC
KICK-OFF: Nov 21, 7.30PM (IST) (GMT +5.30)
Channel: Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3.
Streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV.
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Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.
Indian Super League returns after the international break with FC Pune City hosting Jamshedpur FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
FC Pune City will be looking for their first win of the season, but negotiating a win against Jamshedpur tonight might be a difficult proposition. Pune City sit at the bottom of the I-League table; they’ve scored fewer goals than the rest of the teams and have conceded the highest number of goals in the season so far.
To further compound the problem of lack of goals, the Uruguayan forward Emiliano Alfaro has moved to ATK on loan as a replacement for Kalu Uche. However, the Canadian striker Iain Hume has reached full fitness and if he can hit the ground running, Pune City can hope for a result out of this game. The striker is the all-time top scorer in the Indian Super League with 28 goals from 59 appearances.
Pune City go into this game on the back of two defeats and hopefully the international break has given them time to recuperate and re-visit the drawing board.
Jamshedpur FC will be looking for nothing less than a win. They’ve drawn far too many games than they would have liked and three points here will propel them into second position. Jamshedpur FC will be without the services of Tim Cahill who is on duty with the Australian National Team and Gourav Mukhi who has been suspended indefinitely for age fraud pending an AIFF hearing. Jamshedpur will rely on Mario Arques’ concise passing to find Sergio Cidoncha, Michael Soosairaj and Carlos Calvo who have all impressed this season.
The Men of Steel will also have the added motivation to set the record straight after losing both home and away ties against Pune City last season. They are also the only side apart from Bengaluru FC who haven’t yet tasted defeat this season.
Cesar Ferrando, Head Coach, Jamshedpur FC:
“I think Pune is a good team and for me this is a very dangerous team because they want to get their first victory. The position that they are in make them very dangerous. They have a good squad and with good players. It’s a dangerous match and a big challenge for us.”
FULL-TIME: Pune City 2-1 Jamshedpur FC
93′ – yellow card (Marko Stankovic, Pune City)
86′ – GOAL! 2-1 (Matt Mills, Header, Assist: Marko Stankovic, Pune City)
83′ – yellow card (Ashutosh Mehta, Pune City)
82′ – sub (Pune City: S. Sampingiraj [IN] Adil Khan [OUT])
76′- sub (Jamshedpur: M. Rahman [IN] Mario Arques [OUT])
74′ – sub (Pune City: Marko Stankovic [IN] Diego Carlos [OUT])
69′ – sub (Jamshedpur: M. Soosairaj [IN] P. Morgado [OUT])
66′ – yellow card (Robin Gurung, Jamshedpur)
65′ – sub (Jamshedpur: Farukh Choudhary [IN] Jerry Mawhmingthanga [OUT])
62′ – sub (Pune City: Iain Hume [IN] Robin Singh [OUT])
10′ – GOAL! 1-1 (Sumeet Passi, Header, Assist: Carlos Calvo, Jamshedpur)
5′ – GOAL! 1-0 (Diego Carlos, Pune City)
FC Pune City snatched their first win of the season and ended Jamshedpur FC’s unbeaten run. Before the start of the game, it looked a foregone conclusion that Jamshedpur would at least get a point out of this game.
After losing their club captain Emiliano Alfaro to ATK and working with an interim coach, it looked like Pune had to climb a steep hill to get a result against a strong Jamshedpur side. But they ended up doing just that.
The first goal came as early as in the fifth minute when the Brazilian winger Diego Carlos picked up the ball in midfield and ran at the Jamshedpur defence. Tiri and Raju Gaikwad kept backing off and Diego Carlos took a low shot from outside the box which beat the keeper at his near post. 1-0 to Pune City.
Jamshedpur equalized soon after; Carlos Calvo crossed the ball into the box from the left flank and found Sumeet Passi. The Indian international was left completely unmarked between the two centre-backs and scored with an easy header.
The game ebbed and flowed for the next hour with Jamshedpur dominating possession. Carlos Calvo put in a stellar performance for Jamshedpur. Ashique Kuruniyan who was part of the Indian team which travelled to Jordan during the international break showed no signs of fatigue and was one of the standout performers for Pune City alongside Marcelinho.
FC Pune City had a great chance to take the lead in the 62nd minute when Robin Singh missed the easiest of headers when an Ashique Kuriniyan cross found him completely unmarked in the box.
Pune finally took the lead in the 86th minute from a corner. The delivery by Stankovic found an unlikely goal scorer in the Pune City defender Matt Mills who headed it past the keeper.
Jamshedpur sorely missed Tim Cahill and Sergio Cidoncha going into this game. Although they had the majority of possession, they were not effective in the final third. While Tim Cahill was away on international duty and is expected back soon, Sergio Cidoncha is out with a knee injury and is seeking treatment in Spain.
Pune City finally get off the bottom of the table with this win. They now move into 8th which leaves the winless Delhi Dynamos at the bottom of the table.