Gameweek 7 Wrap: Many Indian goal-scorers, stunning strike and first losses of the season
Gameweek 7 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 saw some tight contests, spectacular goals, many Indian goal-scorers and a couple of teams losing their unbeaten start to the season. It also marked a landmark occasion for the Hero ISL as it completed 500 matches. Here we take a look at some of the highlights from the gameweek gone by.
Bengaluru seem to be finding their stride
After draws in their first two outings of the campaign, Bengaluru seem to be improving with each passing game and registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season following a 2-1 win over Odisha. The only unbeaten team in the league, Bengaluru find themselves in a semi-final spot in the standings at present and look good for the rest of their campaign. Sunil Chhetri and Cleiton Silva are their top-scorers at the moment with three goals each and the duo were on the scoresheet against Odisha as well. The Blues will be eager to maintain their unbeaten start to the season in the coming weeks and further strengthen their title challenging credentials.
Rafael Crivellaro conjures the spectacular again
Rafael Crivellaro is no stranger when it comes to doing something spectacular as we all saw with his goal from near the halfway line last season. The ongoing season though hadn’t been as fruitful for the Brazilian until Chennaiyin’s clash with FC Goa. Crivellaro scored directly from a corner that sailed in at the far post and then provided the assist for substitute Rahim Ali, who scored the winner for the Marina Machans.
NorthEast and Hyderabad taste first defeats of the campaign
NorthEast took on Jamshedpur FC in Hero ISL’s 500th match but it was a night to forget for the Highlanders as they lost for the first time in the ongoing campaign. Gerard Nus’ men fell behind to an Aniket Jadhav strike in the 53rd minute but had a chance to score an equaliser from the penalty spot. However, Idrissa Sylla’s penalty was well-saved by Jamshedpur’s goalkeeper TP Rehenesh, who has hardly put a foot wrong since being sent off earlier in the season.
Hyderabad FC’s unbeaten run ended too after a 2-0 loss against Mumbai City FC on Sunday. Hyderabad did have a few chances that they could have scored off, but Mumbai were well worth the three points after a spectacular goal by Vignesh Dakshinamurthy in the first half and a tidy finish by their top-scorer Adam le Fondre in the second.
Meanwhile in the second of match of the day, SC East Bengal and Kerala Blasters FC shared the points after a 1-1 draw. Indian midfielder Jeakson Singh scored the equalizer for Kerala late in the game after a Bakary Kone own goal had put SC East Bengal ahead in the 13th minute. It was Jeakson’s first-ever Hero ISL goal. Both teams are yet to taste victory this season.