In a fiercely-contested affair, Mario Arques’ 28th-minute header and Pablo Morgado’s second in the fifth minute of added time proved to be the difference.
It was the visitor who started the match in a much more confident manner and a move involving Jerry Mawihmingthanga almost paid off in the 10th minute. The Jamshedpur winger played a one-two with Memo before crossing the ball across the box. Sergio Cidoncha’s attempted bicycle kick failed to come off before Carlos Calvo’s shot was deflected out for a corner.
Mumbai was finding it difficult to make any real forays into the Jamshedpur box and the visitor deservedly took the lead in the 28th minute through a Mario Arques’ header.
The Spanish midfielder’s attempted shot from 25 yards out initially found its way to Calvo on the left-flank. Calvo crossed the ball back across the face of goal and Arques, who had made a brilliant run, cushioned in a perfect header from a tight angle.
Cesar Ferrando’s men almost doubled their lead immediately after the restart through a Calvo corner. An unmarked Tiri rose well to meet the excellently taken corner but his header was cleared off the line by Lucian Goian.
Mumbai should have levelled matters minutes later following a midfield scramble which ultimately saw Sanju Pradhan thread a brilliant through ball between Jamshedpur’s two central defenders to release Rafael Bastos on goal. With just goalkeeper Subhasish Roy to beat, the Brazilian somehow failed to get a proper connection.