Gameweek 11 Wrap: Kerala's redemption, Goa's 100th, first-ever goals and more
After the first match of 2020 concluded the 10th Gameweek of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 in emphatic fashion, Gameweek 11 picked up right where its predecessor left off by consistently producing tantalizing contests with some high-quality football on offer. ATK FC, Kerala Blasters FC, Odisha FC, FC Goa and Bengaluru FC were the big winners of the round, picking up important victories. Meanwhile, the likes of Mumbai City FC, Hyderabad FC, Chennaiyin FC and Jamshedpur FC were left to contemplate their shortcomings.
Clinical ATK sink wasteful Islanders
The Gameweek began with Antonio Lopez Habas' ATK side putting on a measured display to pick up a crucial 2-0 away win over Mumbai City FC. ATK went 2-0 up in the first half itself, courtesy Pronay Halder's first-ever Hero ISL goal and a cracker from Michael Soosairaj. The second half saw the Islanders pile on the pressure but a combination of some diligent defending by ATK and poor finishing on Mumbai's part gave Habas' men the three points.
Kerala break nine-match winless run
Going into the tie against Hyderabad FC on the back of a nine-match winless run, Kerala Blasters FC were under pressure to deliver and things seemed ominous as they fell behind early in the game. However, egged on by a vociferous home crowd at Kochi, Eelco Schattorie's men rallied and put five past Hyderabad in an unrelenting onslaught. Bartholomew Ogbeche got a brace, Messi Bouli and Seityasen Singh scored one each, while Macedonian defender Vlatko Drobarov opened his Hero ISL goals account with a tap in. It was a crucial win for Kerala, whose last victory came way back in October on the opening day of the season. The three points also keeps them alive in the race for the top four spots.
Odisha still unbeaten at Bhubaneswar
Odisha FC notched up their second victory on the trot at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar with a comfortable 2-0 win over Chennaiyin FC on Monday. Sticking to the trend of the Gameweek, the match saw yet another player register himself in the Hero ISL goal scorers’ list. Vinit Rai notched up his maiden strike with a fine long-range strike after Jerry Mawihmingthanga had drawn first blood.
FC Goa bring up the first century in Hero ISL
The moment FC Goa stepped onto the field for their home match against NorthEast United FC, history was created as the Gaurs became the first team in league history to play 100 matches. It was also their 50th match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda - their home ground. The Gaurs marked the occasion with a 2-0 win over the Highlanders. Ferran Corominas scored the final goal of the match from the penalty spot, a strike which brought up the season's 150th goal and was Goa’s 100th goal at their home venue.
Bengaluru register first-ever win against Jamshedpur at home
The Blues reduced the gap with FC Goa at the top of the standings to just two points after a 2-0 victory over Jamshedpur at home. Erik Paartalu’s header from a corner gave the defending champions the lead and Sunil Chhetri found the back of the net in the second half to secure maximum points. The victory over Jamshedpur was Bengaluru’s first against them at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Hero ISL 2017-18 witnessed Jamshedpur edge Bengaluru 1-0 at the venue and the two sides drew 2-2 at the stadium last season.