Hero ISL 2020-21 Gameweek 2: Team of the Week
Gameweek 2 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 witnessed plenty of solid individual displays in what was another action-packed week. Last-minute winners, strong defensive showings in the high-octane Kolkata derby, spirited comebacks and assured displays in goal were few of the features from the week gone by. Here, we have a look at who were the standout performers who made the Team of the Week for Gameweek 2.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Bengaluru FC picked up their first clean sheet of the season and they can thank their goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu for playing a big role in making that happen. Sandhu was kept busy in the clash against Hyderabad and faced eight shots. He made one save and cleared the ball on four occasions over the course of the 90 minutes. He also released the pressure on his team several times by punching the ball clear twice besides also catching the ball once.
Hyderabad FC registered two successive clean sheets to start their campaign and Asish Rai played a big role in helping them achieve that. The 21-year-old defender created one chance for his teammates in Hyderabad’s match against Bengaluru and was solid at the back with one successful interception, two blocks, three successful tackles and eight clearances to show for his efforts.
Like Asish, Chinglensana Singh had a major say in Hyderabad keeping a clean sheet. He was imperious at the back and was adjudged the Hero of the Match for his display. Chinglensana had 77 touches of the ball and finished the game with a 93% pass accuracy, one successful tackle, one successful interception and seven clearances.
Pritam Kotal had a busy game as a part of ATK Mohun Bagan’s three-man defence against SC East Bengal. Kotal was often seen taking up good positions to avert danger and ended the game with impressive numbers of one successful interception, one block, three successful tackles and five clearances as ATK Mohun Bagan emerged victorious in Hero ISL’s first Kolkata derby.
Prabir Das had a typically busy game in the wingback position for ATK Mohun Bagan. A presence on both sides of the pitch, he provided one assist, created one chance and even hit the crossbar while attempting to put in a cross. The marauding fullback also made one successful interception, two successful tackles, two clearances and three blocks as ATK Mohun Bagan kept their second clean sheet of the season.
Cy Goddard was one of Mumbai City’s most influential players during their win over FC Goa. The 23-year-old was heavily involved in most of the Islanders’ attacks and created four chances in the game. It was his cross that eventually led to Mumbai earning the match-winning penalty too.
Rowllin Borges was all over the pitch during Mumbai City’s win over FC Goa. He created one chance and finished the match with an impressive passing accuracy of 85 percent. On the defensive front, Borges made two clearances, two successful interceptions, three successful tackles and three blocks.
FC Goa’s skipper Edu Bedia has been leading by example and had a good game against Mumbai despite the loss. Constantly involved in the heart of midfield, he had 77 touches of the ball and got away two shots on target. He fulfilled his defensive responsibilities by making two blocks, two clearances, three successful tackles and three successful interceptions.
Alberto Noguera may not have got an assist like in Gameweek 1, but he still put in a solid showing for FC Goa against Mumbai City FC. He created one chance against the Islanders and was involved in a lot of defensive work as well with three successful tackles to show for his effort.
The leading scorer in Hero ISL 2020-21 with three goals so far, Nerijus Valskis was at his clinical best during Jamshedpur FC’s 2-2 draw with Odisha FC. The Lithuanian striker looked dangerous whenever he was near the opposition penalty box. After scoring the game’s opener from the penalty spot, Valskis showed us his poacher’s instincts by capitalizing on a defensive lapse and finishing with conviction to put Jamshedpur in a strong position.
Adam le Fondre
It was Adam le Fondre’s goal that proved to be the difference during Mumbai’s win against Goa. The English striker showed great temperament to score the winning penalty from the spot late in the game. He found himself in threatening areas plenty of times and is certain to score more goals as the season progresses.
Matches in Gameweek 2