Goa: In a jaw-dropping encounter between Mumbai City FC and Jamshedpur FC, Mumbai consolidated their lead at the top of the table with a 4-2 victory in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) game. The game ebbed and flowed from the very beginning at the PNJ Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday ( December 9).
Cassio Gabriel on 3 minutes, Bipin Singh on 17 minutes, Igor Angulo on 24 minutes and substitute Ygor Catatau on 70 minutes were the names on the scoresheet for Mumbai. Komal Thatal on 48 minutes and Eli Sabia on 55 minutes found the back of the net for Jamshedpur.
The home team got an early lead as Gabri nodded them ahead in the third minute. Ahmed Jahouh took a short corner which fell in the path of Gabriel just outside the box, subsequently, the Brazilian curled the ball home from the edge of the box.
Mumbai kept going as the defending champions doubled their lead on the 17th-minute mark. Gabriel was free on the right side, he beat Eli Sabia with his pace to enter the box, and sent across a cross for Bipin who was unmarked, to tap it home.
Mumbai made it 3-0 seven minutes later with Angulo’s brilliance. Gabriel was again at the forefront for this goal as well. He put forward a perfectly weighted pass. Angulo left Eli Sabia for dead with his first touch to turn and then he rifled home a scorching left-footer that whizzed past T.P. Rehenesh.
Jamshedpur however turned on the heat after the game restarted after the break, they scored twice in the space of seven minutes. For the first one, Stewart found Thatal in space as the latter cut into his right and unleashed a thunderous shot that got deflected off a defender to go past Mohammad Nawaz.
Eli Sabia looked to make up for his mistakes in the first half with the second goal, the 33-year old nodded into an empty net, as he made the most of a defensive error from Bheke. Catatau came in 68th minute replacing Angulo and the Brazilian had an instant impact with a smashing finish from close.
With this win the Islanders are four points clear at the top with 12 points from five matches, while Jamshedpur remain in second place, having eight points from five games.