The Tale of the First 100 ISL 2015 Goals
The second season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) has been nothing short of sensational. The season has seen the 100-goal mark being crossed in just 39 matches, seven fewer matches than last year. There have been just two goalless draws so far in what has been a season of surprises. Lightning starts and dramatic endings have been the most dominant themes. Here’s the tale of the first 100 goals in Hero ISL 2015.
• Twenty-three goals have been headed into the net so far with Mohammed Rafi scoring all four of his goals with his head. There have been 45 goals that have come off the right foot, while 32 of them have been slotted in with left-footed efforts. Sunil Chhetri and Stiven Mendoza are the joint top-scorers in the league with six goals each.
• There have been a total of 46 individual scorers so far who have combined to net a total of 98 this season. The unwanted honour of “own goals” – two of them - goes to Roger Johnson of FC Pune City and Zohmingliana Ralte of NorthEast United FC.
• Five of the first 100 goals have come from outside the penalty box with Simao Sabrosa’s free-kick being the highlight. There have been 12 penalties within the 95 strikes from inside the box. Sunil Chhetri’s “panenka” penalty against NorthEast United FC still stands out as one of the Hero ISL’s most audacious moments.
• Indians have stepped up in Season 2 and have scored 30 of the first 100 goals which is more than double at the same time last year. Brazilians and Englishmen, who have scored 14 and 11 times respectively this year, come in at second and third positions.
• Forty-five goals have been scored in the first-half and 55 in the second. This season saw the decimation of Wim Raymaekers’ record for fastest goal on two separate occasions, both times by Kerala Blasters FC. Mohammed Rafi first scored a header with 48 seconds on the clock against FC Pune City and later team-mate Chris Dagnall improved his record with a 29-second goal against NorthEast United FC.
• Delhi Dynamos FC find themselves with the tag of late goal-scorers as half of their eight goals have come in the last fifteen minutes of matches, making them second only to Atlético de Kolkata and NorthEast United FC who have five each. The significance of the Lions’ late goals hold far more weight when considered that they either managed to win or draw those matches.
With 22 games still left in Season 2, all eight teams are in the frame for the semis, bearing testimony the competitiveness of this goal-laden league.