Gameweek 10 Wrap: Mumbai City, ATK Mohun Bagan go from strength to strength; Odisha register first win
Plenty of goals, quality football and some adrenaline pumping matches were on the menu in Gameweek 10 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21. Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan continued to look like the teams to beat with comfortable wins in their respective matches, while former champions Bengaluru suffered another defeat that resulted in the club mutually parting ways with their head coach Carles Cuadrat. Odisha had a memorable gameweek as they registered their first win of the season. Here, we revisit some highlights from Gameweek 10 that ended with Kerala-Odisha game on Thursday.
ATK Mohun Bagan get their seventh clean sheet
The Mariners registered another victory in the past gameweek over NorthEast United FC following a goal from Roy Krishna and a Suhair Vadakkepeedika own goal. The victory momentarily took them above Mumbai in the standings and also saw them record their seventh clean sheet of the season. They have the best defensive record in the league this season having conceded just three times, making their clash against Mumbai’s flamboyant attackers in the upcoming gameweek an exciting encounter to look forward to as the two top clubs in the standings prepare to cross swords.
Hyderabad snap their winless run in style
Hyderabad put Chennaiyin to the sword in the past gameweek by beating them 4-1. Their resounding win over the Marina Machans was well deserved and they could have easily scored more goals. Halicharan Narzary showed everyone what he’s capable of by bagging a brace and Joel Chianese and Joao Victor scored the other two goals. The result was a much-needed one for Hyderabad as it ended a run of three successive losses for Manuel Marquez’s men. The manner of the win will also instill a lot of belief in the Hyderabad camp heading into the second half of the season.
Mumbai City extend unbeaten run
Table-toppers Mumbai were at their irresistible best at times during their 3-1 triumph against Bengaluru. The Islanders netted twice in the opening 15 minutes to leave the Blues stunned. Mourtada Fall and Bipin Singh, who has become an integral member of the Mumbai team this campaign, netted in the first half, while Bartholomew Ogbeche scored in the second half after Sunil Chhetri had converted a penalty for Bengaluru. The win over the Blues extended Mumbai’s unbeaten run to eight games with the defeat to NorthEast in their season opener being their only slip-up so far.
SC East Bengal and FC Goa share the spoils
Both SC East Bengal and FC Goa would have been keen on maximum points when they squared off on Wednesday but they had to settle for a point each following a hard-fought contest. The Kolkata club, in particular, will be proud of their effort especially when you consider that they had to play a large part of the game with 10 men after Daniel Fox was shown a red card in the 56th minute. Despite being a man down, SC East Bengal took the lead through Bright Enobakhare in the 80th minute only for substitute Devendra Murgaokar to equalise for the Gaurs a minute later. In the end, both sides shared the spoils after some brilliant goalkeeping from Debjit Majumder in SC East Bengal’s goal.
Odisha at last make their presence felt
In the last match of Gameweek 10 on Thursday night, Odisha FC came from behind to register a thumping 4-2 win over Kerala Blasters FC. Diego Mauricio scored a brace in the win and took his goal tally to five this season. Before that, Steven Taylor had put them ahead after a Jeakson Singh own goal had got the equalizer for Odisha. After two draws and six defeats, Stuart Baxter’s men at last registered their first win of the season and will hope that things change for the better for them in the upcoming matches.