Gameweek 6 Wrap: Late dramas, Robin to the rescue, Kerala’s heartbreak and more
Gameweek 6 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 proved to be a unique one which had fans at the edge of their seats. Each of the five fixtures ended in scoring draws, with late equalisers becoming a common feature in all matches.
Looking back, here are the big highlights from Gameweek 6.
Late equalisers and drama a trend
The Gameweek began with Aridane Santana's 82nd minute equaliser, to salvage a point for Odisha FC against Chennaiyin. The trend continued in the next four matches, as late drama became a staple for the Gameweek. All of them were decided by goals in injury time and every one of them turned out to be equalisers.
Robin to the rescue for Hyderabad against former team Bengaluru
All late goals, especially equalisers, have relevance attached to it, but perhaps none of the others quite had as much significance as Hyderabad FC's late, late equaliser against Bengaluru FC. Rooted to the bottom of the table and looking down the barrel yet again with a man down and trailing 1-0 at home against reigning champions Bengaluru, Hyderabad found its hero in a former Blues man - Robin Singh. The second-half substitute popped up with a late equaliser against his former team to earn Phil Brown's men a rare and valuable point.
Late heartache for Kerala
On the opposite spectrum of the relief felt by Hyderabad fans at the G.M.C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday, was Sunday's narrative at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. Winless in four matches, Kerala Blasters FC seemed to be on the road to redemption, leading a 10-man FC Goa 2-1. With a much-needed win, and their first over a Sergio Lobera coached Goa side, seemingly in touching distance, things fell apart in the final seconds as Lenny Rodrigues made it 2-2 to earn Goa a point.
Triadis preserves NorthEast’s unbeaten run
Following on the footsteps of Santana (vs Chennaiyin FC), Robin (vs Bengaluru), Roy Krishna (vs Mumbai City FC) and Lenny (vs Kerala Blasters), it was Panagiotis Triadis who popped up with the equaliser late against Jamshedpur FC to keep NorthEast United FC’s unbeaten record in Hero ISL 2019-20 intact. Trailing 1-0 and with time running out, the winger popped up with the leveller to salvage a point for the Highlanders and keep their unbeaten run going.