Round-up: Feisty derby, goalless draws and a thriller between champions
With over two months of footballing action in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) done and dusted, we inch closer to the winter break in December. Week 7 in the Hero ISL did see a dip in the number of goals scored, but that did not take anything away from another action-packed set of matches. Here are all the results and major talking points from the week gone by:
Match 40: Bengaluru FC 1-0 Delhi Dynamos FC (Match report)
Match 41: FC Pune City 0-2 NorthEast United FC (Match report)
Match 42: ATK 0-0 FC Goa (Match report)
Match 43: Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Kerala Blasters FC (Match report)
Match 44: Bengaluru FC 2-1 FC Pune City (Match report)
Match 45: Jamshedpur FC 0-0 NorthEast United FC (Match report)
Match 46: Chennaiyin FC 2-3 ATK (Match report)
Three goalless stalemates
After some goalfests in the last two months, Week 7 saw the flow of goals dry up a little as we bore witness to three goalless draws. ATK held free-scorers FC Goa to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday. The Southern derby between Chennaiyin and Kerala Blasters was a feisty affair but neither side could find the back of the net. Two of this season's finest performers, NorthEast United and Jamshedpur, could not break each other down as the tie ended in a draw on Saturday.
Highlanders end Stallions’ resurgence
After Pune collected their first victory of the season against Jamshedpur FC last week, things were starting to look up for Pradyum Reddy and Co. However, Eelco Schattorie had other ideas as his NorthEast team put in a gritty performance to emerge as winners at the Sree Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex Stadium on Tuesday.
A night to remember for ‘Bhekenbauer’
Bengaluru extended their lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over FC Pune City on Friday. One of the Blues’ star performers this season has undoubtedly been right back Rahul Bheke. The Indian defender has been excellent at the back and has also contributed up front with his fair share of goals. On Friday, ‘Bhekenbauer’, as he is fondly called by the Bengaluru fans, was at the thick of things. The defender found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time to put the ball in the back of his own net for Pune's equaliser. However, he would turn out to have the last laugh, scoring the winner in the dying minutes of the match, this time at the right end, to give Bengaluru all three points.
ATK reign supreme in battle of champions
In what would turn out to be a highly entertaining tie, ATK ran out 3-2 winners against Chennaiyin FC on Sunday night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Two penalty kicks from Manuel Lanzarote and a scorcher from Jayesh Rane sealed the victory for the Kolkata-based side, despite Thoi Singh’s inspired performance for the hosts. The defeat adds more pressure on John Gregory and Co., who now have just five points after 10 matches.