MW14 takeaways: Mumbai hoodoo continues for Kerala Blasters, new record for Ogbeche

 

Mumbai City FC bagged all three points in the high-octane fixture against Kerala Blasters FC to re-establish their authority on the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) standings to conclude Matchweek 14. A total of 19 goals were scored across five fixtures that saw just only one draw.

Setting the pace as the season enters into crunch time, Matchweek 14 began with Manolo Marquez’s men continuing their five-match winning streak and staying hot on the league leader’s tail with a 3-1 victory in Goa.

The battle at the other end of the table saw Bengaluru FC earn their fourth victory in the league as the Blues managed to overcome NorthEast United FC with an added time-winning goal.

A scintillating draw was played out at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur between the host and Chennaiyin FC. Two goals on either side of the halves produced a four-goal thriller with both teams settling for a draw. Meanwhile, Odisha FC returned back to winning games with an inspired performance against East Bengal FC at home before the Matchweek ended with the Mumbai-Kerala matchup.

Here are the Key takeaways from Matchweek 14:

Bartholomew Ogbeche breaks Iain Hume's hat-trick count

The defending champions are showing no signs of slowing down and Marquez’s men are not ready to give up their title as the team keeps on adding points after every match. Hyderabad FC was wary of the threat posed by the FC Goa team who’s fighting to stay in the playoffs spot.

But Bartholomew Ogbeche took matters into his own hands and opened the scoring for the visitors in the 20th minute as FC Goa went into halftime while chasing the match. Redeem Tlang brought the Gaurs back in the match with the equalizing goal in the 54th minute only for Ogbeche to take the game out of the home side's reach with two goals in the last ten minutes of the match and the striker completed his hat-trick in style. The veteran striker now has six goals in 13 matches.

Ogbeche became the first player in Hero ISL history to score four hat-tricks going past Iain Hume. The records just keep coming for the elite goalscorer.

History repeats itself in Guwahati

Bengaluru FC completed the double over NorthEast United FC this season with an important victory at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

The first half saw both teams trying to break the deadlock but only managed to test the goalkeepers. Simon Grayson handed Sivasakhti Narayanan the start in place of Roy Krishna and the youngster paid off the head coach’s trust with the opening goal in the 50th minute of the match. Romain Philippoteaux brought the highlanders back into the game with a free-kick goal in the 66th minute of the game.

The game looked to head towards a draw only for Alan Costa to repeat the heroics from the reverse fixture where he headed the ball home in the dying minutes of the game to earn all three points for the Blues.

It was a case of history repeating itself. 

A new low for Jamshedpur FC

A match of two halves, as the fixture turned out to be a four-goal thriller at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur. Ritwik Das opened the scoring for the hosts in the 16th minute only for him to double the lead over the Marina Machans at the beginning of the second half with the goal in the 56th minute. Aidy Boothroyd's men looked in control of the match before Chennayin FC decided to turn the match around with two goals in eight minutes.

Vincy Barretto bagged the first goal back for the team in the 60th minute and Petar Sliskovic brought the scoreline to a draw with the goal in the 68th Minute. Chennaiyin FC's left-back Aakash Sangwan was rewarded with the Hero of the Match award for his tenacious work on the left wing of Marina Machans. The defender delivered the cross which Petar Sliskovic turned beautifully into the goal.

For the second home game running, Jamshedpur FC threw away a lead to settle for a point. The Red Miners' winless stretched to ten matches with that draw and this is now their longest run without a victory in Hero ISL.

Mauricio driving Odisha FC's playoff bid

The penultimate match of Matchweek 14 saw Odisha FC welcoming East Bengal FC at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. East Bengal FC riding high on the win in the last match against Bengaluru FC started the match with great energy and scored in the first 10 minutes as Cleiton Silva continued his fine form this season by scoring the opening goal and taking his overall tally to eight goals in the current Hero ISL.

Diego Mauricio had other plans as the Brazilian striker is in red-hot form himself with two goals in the last match. Mauricio scored the equalizer in the 22nd minute of the match with Raynier Fernandes delivering the first of his two assists in the match. Nandhakumar Sekar scored the second goal for the team as the Juggernauts went into the half with a commanding lead and looked comfortable taking the three points home. Deigo Mauricio bagged his second goal of the night and completed the victory over Stephan Constantine's men.

Odisha FC jumped to the fifth spot in the Hero ISL points table with the victory as the team looked to solidify their place in the playoffs. East Bengal FC dropped down to the ninth spot after suffering their eighth defeat of the season. 

Kerala Blasters FC's Mumbai hoodoo continues

The most anticipated match of Matchweek 14 with two teams playing on top of their game and winning matches back-to-back and making a run for the title while breaking records on the trot. Mumbai City FC hosted Kerala Blasters FC at the Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai.

Kerala Blasters FC came into the match riding high after extending their unbeaten run to eight games while Mumbai City FC hadn't tasted defeat all season long.

The match was tipped by many as the potential banana skin for Mumbai City FC but the match unfolded in an unexpected manner as the Islanders scored four goals without reply in the first 22 minutes to take the match beyond Kerala Blasters FC.

The yellow army displayed signs of a fightback in the second half but Mumbai City FC managed the game comfortably to pass another stern test with flying colours. 

With just seven matches to go in the league stage, Mumbai City FC have a chance to go the entire season unbeaten.

As for Kerala Blasters FC, their terrible record in Mumbai continued as they have won in the city on just one occasion in seven attempts. The aggregate score in these matches reads 18-4 in the Islanders' favour

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