ISL: First-ever semifinal in sight as Jamshedpur look to continue streak

VASCO: There will be no shortage of confidence when Jamshedpur FC take on Chennaiyin FC with their eyes firmly locked on the top of the table and keeping their neighbours on their toes, in the Indian Super League here on Sunday.
Jamshedpur are third in the points table having 28 points from 15 games, one behind table-toppers Hyderabad FC and second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan, both of whom play on Saturday.
Hyderabad have played a game more while ATKMB are level on the number of games played with Jamshedpur.
The Owen Coyle-coached side have won their last two fixtures and will be gunning for a hat-trick of wins against a ragged Chennaiyin side who have not won a match in their last five engagements.
Chennaiyin played under interim boss Sabir Pasha for the first time in their last game, eking out a 2-2 draw against Odisha FC, meaning their semifinal hopes are all but over.
“The boys showed character in the last game. It is always difficult after conceding five goals and then to come back after going down by two goals. They have to carry the momentum forward.
“It will be a tough match in three days. But the boys will give a real fight,” said Pasha ahead of the game.
“Jamshedpur are a very good side, both in attack and defence. We need to improve our game against them. They have some dangerous players who can hurt us,” he added when asked about their upcoming opponents.


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