Gameweek 7 Wrap: Blues persevere, NorthEast falter, super subs strike
After six back-to-back scoring draws in Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20, Gameweek 7 of the competition finally saw the run snapped with three of its five matches producing winners. Bengaluru FC, ATK and FC Goa won their respective matches, while the ties between Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters FC, and Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC, ended in 1-1 draws.
Looking back, here are some of the major highlights from the last round of matches.
Bengaluru weather Odisha storm to keep unbeaten run going
Bengaluru FC managed to keep hold of their unbeaten start in Hero ISL 2019-20, extending it to seven matches with a 1-0 win over Odisha FC courtesy a Juanan goal. The victory, however, wasn't an easy one for the reigning champions. Odisha took the game to the Blues and it took a herculean effort from Bengaluru goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - the Hero of the Match on the night - to keep them at bay and emerge with the three points.
NorthEast falter against ATK
While Bengaluru persevered against Odisha, NorthEast United FC failed to keep their own unbeaten run going and tasted their first defeat of the season against eastern rivals ATK. Antonio Lopez Habas' well-drilled unit was too much to handle for Robert Jarni's men as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home. The result left Bengaluru as the only undefeated side in the league this season.
Super sub Manvir strikes again
Back in Gameweek 3, Manvir Singh came off the bench to score his first Hero ISL goal of the campaign and salvaged a point for FC Goa against NorthEast with an injury-time header. The young striker came on as a substitute yet again and scored with a header to break down resolute resistance from Hyderabad FC and this time, his goal was worth all three points.
Another game, another super sub to the rescue
The final match of the Gameweek saw the prevailing theme of the season continue as Jamshedpur FC found a late equaliser to deny Chennaiyin FC. Nerijus Valskis had put the two-time champions ahead in the first half but a deflected effort by substitute Isaac Vanmalsawma just before normal time meant that the teams had to share the spoils.