Gameweek 10 Wrap: Chhetri’s brace, first home wins, a high-scoring bonanza and more
Gameweek 10 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 witnessed some high-scoring thrillers, first home wins and defending champions Bengaluru returning to winning ways to bring in the new year in style. Here are the highlights from the week gone by as Hero ISL 2019-20 slowly moves into the business end of the season.
Coyle's Chennaiyin almost pull off extraordinary comeback
The highest-scoring game of the season so far, FC Goa’s visit to Chennaiyin FC at the start of the last gameweek was an instant classic. After strikes from Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes and Hugo Boumous had given Goa a 3-0 lead at halftime, Chennaiyin put on a spirited effort after the restart. Strikes from Andre Schembri and Rafael Crivellaro reduced the deficit to 3-2 but Ferran Corominas’ 63rd minute goal meant that Crivellaro’s second goal of the night late in the game wasn’t enough for the Marina Machans to take something from the game.
Odisha record first win in Bhubaneswar
After having to play their first few home games of the season in Pune, Odisha FC finally made the most of home comforts by beating Jamshedpur FC 2-1 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar for their first three points in front of their home faithful. Aridane Santana proved to be the match-winner for Odisha yet again after his strikes on either side of an Aitor Monroy penalty turned out to be enough for the win and took them to within a point of Jamshedpur in the standings.
Blasters’ top four hopes fast disappearing
Kerala Blasters’ search for their second win this season continued after they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC in their last game of 2019. Talisman Bartholomew Ogbeche had given the Blasters the lead from the spot before halftime but Ghanaian legend Asamoah Gyan scored a penalty early in the second half to make it 1-1 for NorthEast. Kerala are now winless since their opening day victory over ATK and know that they need a positive result against Hyderabad FC in their first match of the new year.
Mumbai continue sensational unbeaten run
The Islanders stretched their unbeaten run in Hero ISL 2019-20 to six matches after a 2-1 win over bottom-placed Hyderabad FC. Modou Sougou – Mumbai’s 13th individual goal-scorer this campaign – netted once in either half, while Bobo scored a consolation goal for Hyderabad. The victory was the Islanders’ first at home this season and strengthened their position in the playoff spots.
Chhetri’s brace condemns league-leaders Goa to defeat
The Gaurs headed into the clash in buoyant mood with the league leaders looking to extend their advantage on top of the table. Bengaluru and Sunil Chhetri, however, had other ideas as the Indian legend produced yet another stellar display. He scored both Bengaluru’s goals on the night as the Blues moved to with two points of Goa in the standings after a 2-1 win. Chhetri’s first goal of the night was his eight headed goal in Hero ISL – the most by any player in league history.