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Jamshedpur FC beat Bengaluru FC Dec. 21. (Jamshedpur FC Twitter photo)

BENGALURU — Jamshedpur FC handed Bengaluru FC their second successive defeat at home as the visitors ground out a 1-0 victory in the battle of the debutants at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here Dec. 21.

Bengaluru FC was keen to get back to winning ways after its defeat against Chennaiyin FC in the previous game. With the crowd backing the team, it started well but, just like the previous clash, Jamshedpur FC had the last laugh with a dramatic winner in the 90th minute of play.

Trindade Goncalves kept his cool to convert a late penalty to give Jamshedpur full points for only the second time in this league and hand Bengaluru FC its third defeat in seven matches.

Despite the defeat, Bengaluru FC (12 points) continues to be placed second on the table behind FC Goa, which now has two matches in hand and can open a gap at the top of the table. 

Jamshedpur has nine points from six matches, the same as FC Pune City.

The fierce battle seemed destined for a draw after both teams went close in either half but took a dramatic turn in the final minute of play. 

Substitute Sameehg Doutie made his trademark run towards the goal with the ball ahead of him and was tripped from behind by Rahul Bheke. 

The referee promptly awarded a penalty in the final minute which Trindade converted by showing nerves of steel.

It was a dramatic end to a match which could have gone either way. 

Jamshedpur, for instance, went close twice in quick succession in the 54th and 61st minutes. 

At first, Kervens Belfort had a golden opportunity to give his team the lead, but goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh made a super save when his outstretched legs kept the close-range attempt away.

Seven minutes later, Belfort played a delightful through ball for Jerry Mawhmingthanga, leaving the Bengaluru defense in tatters, but Jerry's effort missed the target by a whisker.

Bengaluru, too, came agonizingly close to securing the opening goal with 19 shots on goal. 

Captain Sunil Chhetri had the best chance in the 77th minute when he found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat.

But the striker hit straight into the onrushing goalkeeper Subrata Paul, much to the disappointment of the home crowd. 

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