Round-up: Fastest 100 goals, resurgences and a bit of Edu Bedia magic
It has been an entertaining Week 5 in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 and the final week before the second international break of the season bore witness to some fantastic football and a huge milestone. As it currently stands, FC Goa top the league table having picked up 16 points from seven matches. Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC are hot on their heels after some impressive results over the week. Here are all the results and some of the key talking points from the week gone by:
Match 30: FC Pune City 2-4 Chennaiyin FC (Match report)
Match 31: FC Goa 3-2 Delhi Dynamos FC (Match report)
Match 32: NorthEast United FC 0-1 Mumbai City FC (Match report)
Match 33: ATK 1-0 FC Pune City (Match report)
Match 34: Kerala Blasters FC 1-3 FC Goa (Match report)
Defending champions finally turn up
After a disastrous start where they went six matches without a victory, defending champions Chennaiyin FC finally showed up against FC Pune City. After going a goal down initially, John Gregory side’s showed incredible grit and determination to mount a second-half comeback and emerge as 4-2 winners in the match. The old guard – Mailson Alves and Inigo Calderon – led the fightback contributing with a goal each for the side. The Marina Machans will hope to build on this vital victory once the league resumes after the international break.
Brilliant Bedia sinks Delhi
On Thursday, FC Goa and Delhi Dynamos FC played out a memorable encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa. The Gaurs had to rely on two late goals to stage an incredible comeback and emerge as winners against an inspired Delhi outfit, who were giving it their all to pick up their first win of the season. Central to the hosts’ efforts was the performance of Edu Bedia. The Spanish midfielder chipped in with two goals, including the all-important winner late in the match with a neat glancing header. Bedia has been one of the standout players this season and his performances could be vital to Goa’s chances of making the playoffs.
Islanders surge ahead
With a relatively disappointing start to the campaign, things were looking bleak for Jorge Costa and his troops. A 5-0 loss to FC Goa rubbed salt to their wounds and it looked increasingly likely that they would continue to suffer as the season progressed. However, the Islanders have quickly turned things around in magnificent fashion, winning their past three matches on the trot, including a victory over the defending champions as well as a narrow victory over an in-form NorthEast United FC. Owing to their impressive form of late, Mumbai now finds themselves in the third position of the table, a spot few would have fancied them to hold after the first three weeks.
100-goal mark in record time
The final match of week 5 between Kerala Blasters FC and FC Goa saw the Hero ISL reach the 100-goal mark in record time. We had to wait for just 34 matches to reach the feat- the quickest time in the league’s five-year history. It took 38 matches to reach the 100-goal milestone last season, which was the quickest prior to this. Kerala's Nikola Krcmarevic notched up the milestone goal in his side’s 3-1 loss to the Gaurs on Sunday.