Round-up: Broken streaks and new records
After more than a month’s break, Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 returned to action for the second half of the campaign. Kerala Blasters and ATK resumed proceedings on January 25 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. Over the course of the past 10 days, fans have witnessed some intriguing matches throughout the country. Here are all the results and highlights from the week gone by:
Match 60: Kerala Blasters 1-1 ATK (Match report)
Match 61: NorthEast United 1-0 Chennaiyin FC (Match report)
Match 62: Mumbai City FC 1-0 Bengaluru FC (Match report)
Match 63: FC Goa 0-0 Jamshedpur FC (Match report)
Match 64: Bengaluru FC 2-1 NorthEast United FC (Match report)
Match 65: Delhi Dynamos FC 2-0 Kerala Blasters FC (Match report)
Match 66: Mumbai City FC 0-2 FC Goa (Match report)
Match 67: Chennaiyin FC 1-2 FC Pune City (Match report)
Match 68: ATK 2-1 Jamshedpur FC (Match report)
Match 69: Delhi Dynamos FC 0-0 FC Goa (Match report)
Kerala and ATK share spoils in opener
Despite their low positions in the table, the year’s first clash between Kerala Blasters and ATK was always going to serve up a treat. Given their historic rivalry, both sets of supporters were eagerly waiting in anticipation for the tie. After a goalless 80 minutes, ATK gained the lead through debutant Edu Garcia’s clever free-kick. However, just as it looked like ATK would run away with all three points, an unfortunate own goal by Gerson Vieira ensured that both teams shared the spoils.
Unbeaten streaks come to an end
The first week of fixtures in the new calendar year also saw Bengaluru lose their unbeaten streak. The Blues had enjoyed a fruitful first-half of the season where they went on a league-high 11-match unbeaten run. However, they would finally meet their match on January 27 when Mumbai City picked up a 1-0 victory over them. The Islanders, themselves, had endured a purple patch of form, finding themselves on top of the table and going on a nine-match unbeaten streak. Unfortunately, Jorge Costa’s men would eventually succumb in their very next match following the Bengaluru encounter, going down against FC Goa at home.
Brown’s new-look Pune gives Chennaiyin the Blues
The Stallions are riding high on 3⃣ successive wins, and head coach Brown feels that his first win in the Hero @IndSuperLeague is testimony to good things being on the horizon 💪👆 #OneTeamOneDream pic.twitter.com/f1igukablX— FC Pune City (@FCPuneCity) February 4, 2019
After a slow start to the campaign, FC Pune City are slowly but steadily on the resurgence. After winning the last two matches prior to the end of the first half of the season, the Stallions appointed Phil Brown as their new head coach for the remainder of the campaign. In his first match against Chennaiyin FC, Pune displayed the quality which had been lacking earlier on. Despite going a goal down, they fought back immediately with two quick-fire goals from Marcelo Pereira. In the end they ran out as deserved 2-1 winners, the perfect start for the Englishman.
Corominas sets a new record
FC Goa’s top marksman Ferran Corominas broke a long-standing record in the Hero ISL when he scored his 29th goal in the league against Mumbai City FC. The Spaniard contributed to Goa’s victory over Mumbai as he struck from the penalty spot in the second half. Corominas will undoubtedly be in a heated race with FC Pune City’s Iain Hume until the end of the season for the distinction of being the league’s all-time top scorer.