New Delhi: FC Pune City defeated Jamshedpur FC 1-0 in an Indian Super League match in Jamshedpur on Sunday.
Pune defender Adil Khan’s goal at the half an hour mark proved to be the difference between the sides at the JRD Tata Sports Complex.
It was Jamshedpur’s first defeat in the tournament. They now have six points from five matches.
Pune registered their third win in five matches to accumulate nine points, the same as leaders Bengaluru FC, FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC. But Pune are fourth because of inferior goal difference.
Lalchhuanmawia Fanai was sent off for Pune but Ranko Popovic’s side defended resolutely to take home three points.
Pune took 30 minutes to break through Jamshe-dpur’s defence that had kept four consecutive clean sheets in the ISL.
Mehtab Hossain’s foul on Marcelinho gave Pune a chance to launch a floater into the opposition box where Adil Khan side-footed it home at the back post.
Jamshedpur reacted well after going a goal down. The home team put Pune under an extended spell of pressure and in the 44th minute, they had the ball in the opposition net. Matheus Trindade’s cross from the left was turned into Pune goal by Izu Azuka, but the Nigerian was flagged offside before he could celebrate.
Two minutes into the second half, Pune had a great chance to double their lead.
Emiliano Alfaro released Diego Carlos on the right who drilled in a low cross across the face of goal. Both Marcelinho and Isaac were in the box but failed to turn the ball home.
Mumbai city fc edge out Chennaiyin fc
Later on Sunday, Achille Emana’s calm finish from the spot gave Mumbai City FC a thrilling 1-0 win over Chennaiyin FC Mumbai Football Arena. The Alexandre Guimaraes side now have seven points from five games with both wins coming at home. Chennaiyin’s three-match winning streak was broken and they stay at nine points after five games.