Top Hero ISL moments of November: Wonder goals, individual brilliance, and sportsmanship on show

The game of football never ceases to excite, and neither has the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). With jaw-dropping goals, exhilarating events, nail-biting games, and touching gestures, the first few weeks of the eighth edition of the Hero ISL have been a treat to watch for viewers around the world.

Here’s a look at the top Hero ISL moments from the month of November:

Golazo from Colaco

ATK Mohun Bagan’s new recruit Liston Colaco produced a moment of sheer class against Kerala Blasters FC in the season opener when he curled the ball from the edge of the box, while being almost stationary, into the top corner, beating Albino Gomes in goal, which stunned every individual following the game.

Sunil Chhetri consoles Mashoor Shereef

The first half of Match 2 of the Hero ISL witnessed several goals being scored, but the most unfortunate and unexpected of those was an own goal by NorthEast United FC’s Mashoor Shereef, who smashed the ball into his own net while attempting to clear a cross. Bengaluru FC’s skipper Sunil Chhetri came over and consoled the defender, who was dejected after his blunder, making for a heartwarming moment in the game.

Ygor Catatau’s Samba celebration

Several Brazilians are featuring in the Hero ISL this season, and they have arrived in India with heaps of experience and technical proficiency, but nothing has represented Brazilian culture better than Ygor Catatau’s celebration in Match 4, after he scored in the 76th minute, and showed off his delightful Samba moves to the viewers at home.

Javier Hernandez chips from 35 yards out

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu turned into a sweeper-keeper when he ventured outside his box to clear a long ball played by Kamaljit Singh. The custodian failed to make clear contact and scuffed his clearance straight to Javier Hernandez who calmly chipped the ball first time to open the scoring on the night, while also providing a potential goal of the season contender.

Hyderabad FC stun Mumbai City FC

Manuel Marquez’s men slumped to a defeat in their first game and seemed to have an uphill battle at hand when they squared off against a confident Mumbai City FC side in Match 10. Although the Islanders scored the first goal, Hyderabad FC fought hard, and played some brilliant football, to get back into the game and later on went on to win it 3-1, which laid down a marker for Hyderabad’s intent in this season.

Lallianzuala Chhangte makes case for Indian goalscorers

There have been a fair share of top goals in the Hero ISL this season but Chhangte's goal against NorthEast United probably tops the list. The technique for the shot that gave the goalkeeper no chance to save it despite not being in one of the corners was simply outstanding. His shot from the edge of the area gained just about enough height for the goalkeeper to be out of the equation but dipped enough to sneak into the goal. 

Chhangte has been guilty of missing chances in the past seasons but he's started this season with a bang. It was a goal that he felt should tell the world that Indian attackers can score too. 


A grandstand finish to a thrilling game

Odisha FC looked comfortable in the second half of Match 13, leading 5-2 heading into the 90th minute, and were set to grab all three points with ease. But, Daniel Chukwu of SC East Bengal wasn’t ready to let go of the game just yet. The Nigerian scored two goals in quick succession (90’, 90+2’), to reduce the deficit to just one goal with over four minutes of stoppage time left. The exceedingly entertaining game was later put to bed by a third injury-time goal, this time, by Odisha FC’s Aridai Suarez.

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