Mumbai City FC's chances of finishing at the top of the ISL league stage received a big blow as they lost 0-2 to Jamshedpur FC at the Tilak Maidan on Saturday.
Goals from substitutes Boris Singh Thangjam (72') and David Grande (90') helped JFC inflict a second-straight defeat upon the Islanders, who are undergoing their worst phase in the league stage so far this season.
This result means a win for ATK Mohun Bagan against Hyderabad FC on Monday would ensure they take home the League Winners Shield and a maiden AFC Champions League spot.
The first half was fairly ordinary with very little action throughout. Jamshedpur were the dominant side nullifying Mumbai's usual free-flowing football. Owen Coyle's men played a high-pressing game, disrupting Mumbai City's moves. They had just one shot in the first 45, that too off target.
Jamshedpur had the better chances, with Amrinder Singh called into action a couple of times.
JFC continued to attack the Mumbai goal in the second half-- Isaac sent a cross to Choudhary, who showed great technique in controlling the ball before getting past his marker, only to see his attempt saved by Amrinder.
Then came their reward for the domination in the 72nd minute. Aitor Monroy hit a low delivery at the near post and Choudhary got ahead of Ahmed Jahouh and flicked it to the middle. Boris was there at the right place at the right time to slam the ball into the back of the net.
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Mumbai had a chance to restore parity from a corner late on, Cy Goddard was able to find Mourtada Fall with his delivery by the last-named but fired his header wide.
Grande then ensured full points for JFC with a fine finish. Isaac and Monroy combined in the middle of the park with little pressure before the Spaniard slipped the ball into the path of Grande, who stabbed it past Amrinder.