Gameweek 8 Wrap: Top-four race intensifies while Kerala disappoint again
The past week’s Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) action saw plenty of thrillers with most teams leaving it all out on the pitch. Late winners, the end of unbeaten runs and frustrating draws were just a few of the takeaways from the week gone by. However, here we have a look at the moments that made the biggest impact in Gameweek 8 of Hero ISL 2019-20.
Odisha back in top-four race
Josep Gombau’s men secured a massive three points in the last Gameweek after getting the better of Hyderabad FC by a 3-2 scoreline. Odisha headed into the clash on the back of a four-match winless streak and were in dire need of a victory. Goals from Carlos Delgado, Xisco Hernandez and Martin Guedes put Odisha in a good position but Vinit Rai’s sending off gave Hyderabad a way back into the game. Odisha, though, did just about enough to get over the line and secure the three points to get them back in the top-four race.
Kerala’s frustrations continue
It has been a frustrating campaign for Eelco Schattorie and Kerala Blasters this season, and their encounter against Jamshedpur proved to be no different. The Blasters dominated the game in terms of chances and possession but still found themselves 2-0 down after 72 minutes. A Messi Bouli brace spared their blushes and got them a point but that didn’t change the fact that Kerala are still looking for their first win of the season since opening day.
Goa leapfrog ATK FC in the league standings
FC Goa condemned ATK to their second loss of the season after edging them 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Saturday. The win meant that the Gaurs moved above ATK in the league standings and are currently Hero ISL 2019-20’s pace-setters. ATK have done well in most games this campaign and were on course for a draw after substitute Jobby Justin had cancelled out Mourtada Fall’s opener for Goa. Ferran Corominas, though, scored the winner soon after Justin’s leveller to make it a good day at office for Sergio Lobera’s men.
More late histrionics end Bengaluru’s unbeaten start
One of the prevalent themes in Hero ISL 2019-20 has been the amount of late goals scored by all teams. Defending champions Bengaluru have enjoyed as well as endured late drama and on Sunday, they succumbed to a late Rowllin Borges winner that snapped their unbeaten start this season. It was a see-saw encounter that saw Mumbai City go ahead through Subhasish Bose before a Mato Grgic own goal levelled things up. The Islanders then went in front again through a Diego Carlos strike only for Sunil Chhetri to restore parity from the penalty spot. In the end, though, Rowllin Borges scored in injury time to give Mumbai the win and end Bengaluru’s unbeaten record.
Gallego returns after 283 days as Bengaluru go top
Bengaluru returned to winning ways on Wednesday, courtesy goals from Sunil Chhetri and Albert Serran, against NorthEast United FC to go atop the league standings with 16 points from nine games. Though the Highlanders fell to their second loss of the season, both head coach Robert Jarni and the fans will be excited with the prospect of attacking midfielder Federico Gallego’s returning from injury. After a hiatus of 283 days due to a damaging injury he picked up in Hero ISL 2018-19 against the same opponents, the Uruguayan’s return will give enough confidence to his teammates, especially in the absence of the injured Asamoah Gyan.