Jamshedpur FC returned to winning ways by firing three goals against a lone reply from defending Champion Chennaiyin FC to win 3-1 in the Indian Super League fixture here at The Furnace in the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Sunday.
Watched by a crowd of over 23 thousand people, Jamshedpur FC made the most of the raucous home support to claim all points on offering and reach the third spot in the current rankings with 14 points from nine matches.
Pablo Morgado, Carlos Calvo and Mario Arques found the target for the host while Raphael Augusto fetched the lone reply off a penalty for Chennaiyin FC, which succumbed to its sixth defeat in eight matches to remain in the ninth spot with just four points.
The host had a good opening half thanks to fantastic pile-driver from the Spaniard Morgado. The rasping half-volley from nearly 25 yards packed incredible power and precision and was placed well beyond Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh's reach.
Chennaiyin FC started well by keeping possession of the ball and also made a couple of early raids before Morgado’s strike turned the tide in the home side's favour. Jamshedpur took control of the proceedings there on and pressed ahead in search of a second goal.
The constant pressure eventually pried open the Chennaiyin defence in the 28th minute. Jamshedpur earned a penalty as Michael Soosairaj cracked a right-footed drive from top of the box and forced Karanjit to make a diving save.
However, the clearance went only as far as Sumeet Passi inside the 6-yard box. But the forward didn't get a chance to shoot as he was brought down by Chennaiyin defender Jerry Lalrinzuala. Calvo had no problem in finding the back of net from the resultant penalty.
Chennaiyin tried to regroup after the break and found its efforts yielding results as it was awarded a penalty in the 66th minute. Gergory Nelson was brought down inside the Jamshedpur box and Brazilian midfielder Raphael Augusto scored from the spot to give his side a shimmer of hope.
However, Mario Arques sealed the tie when he nodded home a Calvo corner in the 72nd minute to power his side to a comfortable victory.
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