ISL 2019/20: Bidyananda Singh's injury-time goal strengthens Mumbai City FC's position for playoffs

Mumbai City bounced back to victory, owing to an a header from Amine Chermiti (60') and a late injury-time strike from Bidyananda Singh (90+2’).

ISL 2019/20: Bidyananda Singh's injury-time goal strengthens Mumbai City FC's position for playoffs
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Second-half heroics from Amine Chermiti and Bidyananda Singh helped Mumbai City FC strengthen their Hero Indian Super League play-off spot. The two goals helped Mumbai to obtain a dramatic 2-1 win over Jamshedpur FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.

Mumbai faced an early threat in the encounter as Noe Acosta's (7') early penalty handed Jamshedpur the lead. However, Mumbai City bounced back to victory, owing to an a header from Amine Chermiti (60') and a late injury-time strike from Bidyananda Singh (90+2’).

The Islanders are now five points clear of fifth-placed Chennaiyin FC with 26 points from 16 games while Jamshedpur are now seventh on the table and have seen their chances of reaching the play-offs end. 

The fixture was a crucial one for both the sides and began with a tussle between them within the eraly minutes. Sergio Castel headed an Aitor Monroy free-kick straight at Amrinder Singh before Sourav Das made a clumsy challenge that brought down Farukh Choudhary inside the box. Jamshedpur broke the deadlock in the fifth minute as Noe Acosta sent Amrinder the wrong way from the resultant penalty. 

Mumbai tried to mount an immediate response. Diego Carlos played a cross-field diagonal for Raynier Fernandes whose powerful low strike from the right forced a good save off Subrata Paul. 

Close to the half an hour mark, Carlos, Amine Chermiti and Raynier combined well in and around the box to set up Mohammad Larbi with a good chance to shoot but the latter's hurried strike flew over the bar. 

Minutes later, Monroy launched a counter-attack and found Castel's dangerous run into the box. The on-loan Atletico Madrid striker outfoxed Pratik Chaudhari inside the box but his shot was blocked by Mato Grgic. 

Mumbai bossed the midfield after the restart but struggled to carve out clear-cut chances against an organised Jamshedpur defence. Subhasish Bose unleashed a fierce left-footed shot from the edge of the box to test Paul but the experienced goalkeeper was up to the task.

The pressure soon paid off as the hosts equalised at the hour mark. Chermiti escaped Narender Gahlot's attention inside the box and headed into the net from a well-taken corner-kick by Carlos. 

Carlos threatened from the right again as the Islanders pushed for a second goal. Serge Kevyn failed to connect the Brazilian's low cross into the box in front of an empty net. 

Amrinder Singh, who did not have much to do for most of the second half, pulled off a brilliant reflex save in the 84th minute to keep the scoreline intact. Acosta's curling cross was headed towards goal by Castel but Amrinder denied the striker from close range. 

That save would prove to be crucial as substitute Bidyananda Singh came up with the match-winner for Mumbai in injury time. Pratik headed a hopeful cross into the box into the path of Bidyananda who hit a brilliant strike from the edge of the box that beat Paul and went in.

Here's the points table post the Mumbai City FC-Jamshedpur FC encounter:

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