Consistent Jahouh, creative Manvir and more: Key takeaways from matchweek 6
Matchweek 6 of the Indian Super League provided a lot intense drama and action.
Matchweek 6 of the Indian Super League (ISL) was a week of intense drama and all-round action. It was a week where a total of 22 goals were scored while four red cards were brandished.
It started with Odisha FC's comeback victory against Bengaluru FC before Mohun Bagan Super Giant edged out hosts Jamshedpur FC 3-2 in a clash of contrasts.
Mumbai City FC made a dramatic comeback scoring twice in a minute to overcome Punjab FC before Odisha FC secured their second win of the week with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against NorthEast United FC.
Hyderabad FC and Bengaluru FC played out an entertaining 1-1 draw before Kerala Blasters FC secured a rare away win in Kolkata beating East Bengal FC 2-1.
The Gaurs extended their unbeaten streak with a 3-0 win at Chennai before Punjab FC's draw against Hyderabad FC wrapped up the week
Here are the key takeaways from matchweek 6:
Ahmed Jahouh masterclass for Odisha FC again
Odisha FC played two matches this matchweek and Ahmed Jahouh was their most important player in both games. The Moroccan played at the heart of the Odisha FC midfield and dictated the tempo throughout matches.
When Odisha FC were trailing against Bengaluru FC and all seemed to be lost for the Kalinga Warriors, Jahouh was the main man that kept the team ticking till the last whistle. He solidified the Odisha FC backline with his solid organisational skills and made sure that his team did not concede any more goals to Bengaluru FC.
Jahouh also put in a good performance against the high-scoring NorthEast United FC team. Jahouh was everywhere in the defensive half of the pitch in this game and made sure that NorthEast United FC did not score against his team. Odisha FC got a clean sheet in this match and incidentally became the first team to stop the high-flying NorthEast United FC from scoring this season.
Manvir Singh the creator against a tough Jamshedpur FC team
Manvir Singh looked impressive as he got two assists as Mohun Bagan Super Giant edged past a defensively solid Jamshedpur FC side with a 3-2 victory.
Manvir Singh looked to occupy small pockets of space left by the Jamshedpur FC defence throughout the game and attacked through those spaces. His combinations with the rest of the Mohun Bagan Super Giant forwards opened up the gaps in the Jamshedpur FC defence because of which Mohun Bagan Super Giant won the game. He started the game on the right side of the pitch and shifted towards the left side of the pitch by the end of the game.
Udanta Singh is off the mark in a stunning FC Goa win
Experienced Indian forward Udanta Singh opened his account in the ISL 2023-24 season with a goal as FC Goa beat Chennaiyin FC by a 3-0 scoreline.
Udanta's introduction in the game came in the 65th minute of the game as he was brought on to attack the left side of the pitch. He was responsible for movement inside the Chennaiyin FC defensive channels while the rest of the FC Goa forwards looked to use the full width of the pitch to stretch the Chennaiyin FC defence and create gaps through the center.
Udanta's goal came in this process as full-back Seriton stretched the Chennaiyin FC defence before supplying the ball to the feet of Moroccan forward Noah Sadaoui, whose blocked shot landed on the feet of Udanta, who guided the ball to the back of the net with a clinical finish to seal the game for FC Goa.
Diamantakos magic again in win against East Bengal FC
Greek forward Dimitrios Diamantakos put in another good shift as he scored the winning goal in Kerala Blasters FC's 2-1 victory against East Bengal FC.
Diamantakos was constantly engaging in physical battles with the East Bengal FC defenders. He was acting as the decoy and dragging East Bengal FC defenders out of position throughout the game. He was trying to bring the East Bengal FC central defenders further up the pitch so that a gap could be created in the space left behind for the Kerala Blasters FC forwards to exploit.
Diamantakos' goal came through a scuffed clearance by one of the East Bengal FC defenders through which the ball reached the feet of the Greek forward and he wasted no time in pouncing on the goalscoring chance he got. This was the second goal for Diamantakos in this season of the ISL.
Greg Stewart comes to the party against Punjab FC
Mumbai City FC forward Greg Stewart put in a special performance as Mumbai City FC completed a stunning comeback victory against Punjab FC. The Scottish attacking midfielder was a constant threat for the Punjab FC defence throughout the game.
He occupied the position just behind the Mumbai City FC striker and looked to release the other Mumbai City FC forwards through on goal with clever passes. He also looked to create spaces for the Mumbai City FC attackers to exploit with his clever movement. He scored a wonderful goal from outside the box which levelled the game and started the comeback.
Hyderabad FC leave it late
Hyderabad FC for their second consecutive away game pinched a point with a late goal. Trailing Punjab FC in New Delhi thanks to a Juan Mera strike in the 82nd minute, Jonathan Moya popped up in the eighth minute of stoppage time to score the equaliser for the visitors.
Hyderabad FC had similarly secured a point from the Mumbai Football Arena when a Tiri own goal in stoppage time had earned them a point late on.
The Yellow and Blacks haven;t been at their best so far this season but this ability to dig deep and fight for points till the last minute will bode well for Hyderabad FC once they find their feet under the new coaching team.