Pune record narrow win

Pune record narrow win

FC Pune City inflicted the first Jamshedpur FC with a 1-0 win over the newcommers on Sunday.

Midfielder Adil Khan grabbed the only goal of the match in the first half as Steve Coppell's side suffered their first ever defeat four days after picking up their first win.

Pune kept more of the ball to begin with and took the attack to the hosts, but Jamshedpur soon grew into the game and fashioned attacks of their own. Siddharth Singh brought out a save from Pune custodian Vishal Kaith in the 16th minute when the latter did well to come off his line and block a shot from a tight angle.

It was the visitors however, who grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-hour. Marcelinho floated in a free-kick from the edge of the penalty box and Jamshedpur defender Andre Bikey could only manage a weak header away. The ball came to Khan, who expertly volleyed it into goal as Subrata Paul and the league debutants conceded for the first time this season.

That spurred on Jamshedpur as they surged forward with attacks. They thought they had equalised just before half time when Izu Azuka found the back of the net with his header from a cross. He was ruled offside however. Instead, the half ended with Pune keeping their one-goal lead.

After the restart, Pune were on the front foot and had two glorious opportunities in the opening three minutes. First Isaac Vanmalsawna was denied a goal from his shot only by an incredible last-ditch block by Souvik Chakrabarti in the 47th minute, while a minute later, Diego Carlo's shot following a good run on the left just flashed wide of the far post. Jamshedpur had a chance to equalise in the 76th minute when the ball came to Shouvik Ghosh following a melee from a free-kick. The home team though would have preferred a striker taking the shot as he blasted the ball over goal.

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