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Jamshedpur FC started their new Hero Indian Super League campaign with 2-0 away victory

Hero Indian Super League season 5 seems to be favouring away teams. Except Bengaluru, none of the home team have got a good result in their opening fixtures. And, even Bengaluru were lucky to win 1-0 at their home ground Sree Kantireeva Stadium. Chennaiyin FC were the better team on that evening and Jele Lalpekhlua must be sorry to his team and fans for missing those chances. But today, Jamshedpur FC didn’t need to feel sorry as they opened their Hero Indian Super League season 5 campaign with an away victory against Mumbai City FC.

Men of Steel won 2-0 at Mumbai Football Arena thanks to Maria Arques first-half header and Pablo Morgado’s injury time header in 95th minute. Their star attraction Tim Cahill wasn’t playing the game but it feels they didn’t need him at the moment. They did very well playing away from home without their marquee signing.

The first goal almost reminded us of World Cup 2018’s last 16 game between Uruguay and Portugal. Mario Arques and Carlos Calvo combined in the same way for Jamshedpur FC as Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez for Uruguay to score the first goal. Arques made a brilliant diagonal pass for Calvo to the left and Calvo waited for Arques late run into the box before crossing the ball at far post. Arques put a brilliant header inside the net from a very tight angle to give Jamshedpur 1-0 lead.

Second-half also didn’t bring very good fortune for Islanders as Man of Steel almost scored their second goal. Tirri’s header was saved from crossing the goal line after Arminder Singh was beaten and left helpless.

Rafael Bastos came too near to level the game for Mumbaikars but it was blocked. Hosts also have another opportunity from Sougou’s header from Rafique cross but Jamshedpur’s shot-stopper made a very good save to deny him.

Sumeet Passi continued with his missed chances carrying from SAFF Championship as Jamshedpur failed to double their lead. Meanwhile, Mumbai also have had their chances but nothing materialize. They also had a ball into the net from rebound effort from Sougou after a brilliant free-kick by Paulo Machado hit the crossbar, but referee disallowed it because Senegalese was adjudged offside.

Margado sealed 2-0 victory for Jamshedpur FC in the injury-time with a brilliant finish after grabbing the ball from Cinchonda pass. It was a great goal from tight angle.

Mumbai City FC will be facing Kerala Blasters next away from home in search of their first points, whereas Jamshedpur will be looking to give a good competition to Bengaluru FC playing away from home again.

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