Gameweek 6 Wrap: ATK Mohun Bagan return to winning ways; trio of NorthEast, Hyderabad, Bengaluru remain unbeaten

Gameweek 6 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 was an enthralling one that witnessed high-scoring thrillers, tactical battles, red cards, penalty misses and much more. Some teams stayed on the upward curve, while the others saw a dip in form. The action seems to be getting better and better with each passing day. Here, we look back at some of the highlights from the gameweek gone by.

NorthEast United, Hyderabad continue unbeaten run

The Highlanders extended their unbeaten run in Hero ISL 2020-21 to six games after a typically battling draw against Chennaiyin FC on Sunday. NorthEast could have won the game had their strikers been a bit more clinical in front of goal. Gerard Nus’ men have been the surprise package of the season so far and seem like genuine contenders for a semi-final spot. Youngsters like Lalengmawia, Ninthoinganba Meetei and Rochharzela have been crucial to their cause along with the experienced Khassa Camara, who was Hero of the Match again against Chennaiyin.

Like NorthEast, Hyderabad are yet to taste defeat this season. Manuel Marquez’s men have won two and drawn three of their five games so far and showed great character in their last win against SC East Bengal. The Telangana-based club had to come from behind to claim maximum points against the Kolkata club. Talisman Aridane Santana was the inspiration behind Hyderabad’s win with the Spaniard scoring twice in a minute to change the complexion of the game.

Bengaluru overpower southern rivals Kerala in a six-goal thriller

Perhaps the most entertaining game of the season so far, the Blues’ clash with the Blasters had a bit of everything. After falling behind, Bengaluru equalised to make it all square at halftime and set up a frantic second period. The second half began with a missed penalty by Sunil Chhetri followed by two quick goals by Bengaluru. Kerala, though, weren’t ready to succumb without a fight and pulled one back. However, Chhetri made amends for his penalty miss with a thunderous header to restore Bengaluru’s two-goal lead and brush aside the Blasters in what was a thoroughly entertaining encounter.

Jamshedpur halt Mumbai City’s winning run

Jamshedpur FC brought an end to Mumbai City’s four-match winning streak with a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Owen Coyle’s men showed tremendous spirit and desire to halt the Islanders’ momentum and did so in adversity. After taking the lead through their top-scorer Nerijus Valskis, Mumbai struck back courtesy of Bartholomew Ogbeche and they were given another shot in the arm in the form of a red card to Aitor Monroy in the 28th minute. However, instead of crumbling in front of Mumbai’s flamboyant attack, Jamshedpur rather stood tall and showed great character to take a point from the contest.

ATK Mohun Bagan return to winnings ways as Krishna ticks all the boxes

After a defeat and a draw in their previous two matches, ATK Mohun Bagan at last returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over FC Goa. Roy Krishna scored the only goal of the match through a penalty to help his side strengthen their position towards the top of the standings. It was Krishna’s first-ever goal against Goa and now he has scored against every single Hero ISL side. With 13 points from six games including four victories, the Mariners look good for a solid campaign.

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