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ISL: Jamshedpur FC playoff hopes afloat

An injury-time own goal from Enes Sipovic proved to be the difference as Jamshedpur FC edged Chennaiyin FC 1-0 in the Hero Indian Super League.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 Feb 2021 7:32 AM GMT

GOA: An injury-time own goal from Enes Sipovic proved to be the difference as Jamshedpur FC edged Chennaiyin FC 1-0 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim in the Hero Indian Super League on Wednesday.

Jamshedpur did not register a single shot on target, compared to Chennaiyin's four but still ended on the winning side. The result lifted Owen Coyle's team to the sixth spot while Chennaiyin stayed eighth.

The opening half proved to be a cagey contest with both sides displaying great defensive organization. Chennaiyin started bright and fashioned chances but failed to convert them again. Jamshedpur eventually grew into the game but lacked incision in the attacking third.

Jamshedpur keeper TP Rehenesh was called into action early on, forcing a fine save from Lallianzuala Chhangte. The youngster received the ball from Memo Moura on the left and cut inside before curling his shot towards the far post. However, his effort was parried away by Rehenesh, who displayed great awareness.

Chennaiyin created their next big chance of the game around the half-hour mark but Jamshedpur's defense stood tall. Chhangte was again involved as he slid a pass into the box from the left. An onrushing Rahim Ali hit it the first time but Ricky Lallawmawma put his body on the line to deny Chennaiyin.

Minutes later, Reagan Singh was set through on goal before a last-ditch block from Stephen Eze meant Chennaiyin squandered another chance.

The second half was a see-saw game of football and Jamshedpur came out stronger after the break.

They created two big openings before the hour mark but Alexandre Lima and David Grande both failed to keep their shots on target.

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