Gameweek 2 Wrap: Five-star ATK, Gyan's maiden goal, late drama in Goa
Following up on a very intriguing Gameweek 1 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20, Gameweek 2 had a more settled feel to it, with clubs finding their feet and beginning to showcase their style of play. Jamshedpur, ATK and NorthEast United FC notched up all three points on offer to them from this round, while Chennaiyin, Mumbai, FC Goa and Bengaluru had to settle for a point each.
Looking back, here are the key highlights from Gameweek 2.
The two-time champions were slightly unfortunate to walk away with nothing in the Hero ISL 2019-20 season opener against Kerala Blasters. However, there was nothing unfortunate with regards to their next fixture, which saw them record their biggest-ever win in the Hero ISL history. David Williams and substitute Edu Garcia each bagged a brace as the former champions handed newcomers Hyderabad FC a 5-0 defeat in their first-ever Hero ISL match. Antonio Lopez Habas’ men had a total of 11 shots on target in the fixture – the most any team has been able to muster up in a match so far this season.
Gyan opens his Hero ISL account
The 33-year-old Ghanaian icon made his Hero ISL debut against Bengaluru last Gakmeweek, but was unable to get on the scoresheet. That would, however, soon change with Gyan grabbing a late winner against Odisha to open his account both in the league and for NorthEast. With the goal, the Highlanders also notched up their first win of the new season. Surely more to come from the Ghanaian.
Champions held by last-gasp Corominas penalty
Defending Hero ISL champions, Bengaluru FC were held to a goalless draw in their first match against the Highlanders, and were aiming for maximum points away to FC Goa. After dominating the first-half, Bengaluru took the lead through a Udanta Singh strike and seemed to be en route to their first win of the season. Ferran Corominas, however, had different plans as he won and converted a penalty deep inside stoppage time to keep Carles Cuadrat’s men without a win in their first two matches.
Relentless Jamshedpur keep marching on
After showing immense grit and character to pick up all three points against Odisha, despite playing with 10 men, last Gameweek, Jamshedpur FC put in a commanding show in Gameweek 2 to beat Hyderabad FC 3-1 at home. With the win, Antonio Iriondo's men shot to the top of the table with maximum points from their two outings so far.
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