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Sunday, December 17, 2017

JFC's first win in ISL

First published on 07-Dec-2017

Calcutta: Izu Azuka scored the winner as Jamshedpur FC (JFC) achieved the long-awaited goal of recording their maiden victory in the Indian Super League.

Thanks to Izu's 61st-minute header, JFC beat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in Wednesday's ISL IV encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital. Courtesy this win, JFC are placed fifth in the standings with six points from four matches.

Dynamos, on the other hand, suffered a third straight defeat and are second from bottom with just three points from four games.

The defining moment of the game came just after the hour mark when off a Mehtab Hussain free-kick, Izu produced a fine header, running in and evading his markers intelligently. Dynamos woke up after that and started attacking as well.

Things livened up, the tempo picked up too with chances on both ends. But JFC somehow managed to keep their lead and saw themselves through to grab their first-ever victory. No wonder coach Steve Coppell was a happy man.

Prior to the strike, it looked as if JFC were yet again destined to return without full points. They had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock just before the hour-mark after being awarded a penalty for Pratik Chowdhary's foul on Izu.

Andre Bikey stepped up to the spot, but Dynamos goalie Albino Gomes went low to his right and denied the visitors once again. JFC got a chance to double their lead when Izu and Trindade Goncalves found themselves in a 2-on-1 situation against Chowdhary.

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