Hero ISL 2021-22 Round 9: Team of the Week
Round 9 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 witnessed a flurry of goals, enthralling draws and fightback to keep semi-finals hope alive.
It commenced with Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC playing out a 1-1 draw at the Tilak Maidan Stadium which was followed by NorthEast United FC’s revival against Mumbai City FC as Deshorn Brown smashed a hat-trick to equalise the scoreline to 3-3.
In match 43, Hyderabad FC thumped Odisha FC in a domineering 6-1 win while, in the next match, ATK Mohun Bagan registered a comprehensive 2-1 victory, beating FC Goa.
In the final clash of 2021, Bengaluru FC returned to winning ways, defeating Chennaiyin FC 2-4 despite conceding the early lead.
At the end of Round nine, here is the Hero ISL Team of the Week.
Laxmikant Kattimani (Hyderabad FC) - 7.01
In a night that encountered a goal-fest, Kattimani did well to avert five shots targetted on the goal while conceding just one.
Roshan Naorem (Bengaluru FC) - 7.18
The Blues’ defender earned himself the Hero of the Match award against Chennaiyin FC as he created two chances, made five tackles and cleared six times.
Alan Costa (Bengaluru FC) - 8.65
The experienced campaigner Costa arrived at Bengaluru FC’s aid with a goal, four interceptions and two blocks.
Ricky Lallawmawma (Jamshedpur FC) - 7.02
Lallawmawma made two tackles, clearances and blocks each to help his side keep the deadlock intact against Kerala Blasters FC.
Alberto Noguera (FC Goa) - 7.91
His accurate passing (82%) helped FC Goa strategise a counter-attack as the midfielder generated a couple of chances against ATK Mohun Bagan and attempted 11 tackles.
Edu Garcia (Hyderabad FC) - 8.11
Garcia played his part in the 6-1 win against Odisha FC with a goal while creating two chances with three important tackles.
Joao Victor (Hyderabad FC) - 8.22
Victor too got on the scoring sheet for Hyderabad against Odisha and created a couple of chances while making three clearances.
Mirlan Murzaev (Chennaiyin FC) - 8.49
Murzaev opened the scoring for Chennaiyin FC with an early fourth-minute goal against Bengaluru FC and also created three chances in the match.
Deshorn Brown (NorthEast United FC) - 10
After sustaining an injury, Brown returned to the playing XI after missing most of NorthEast United FC’s first half. He made an immediate impact with a hat-trick against table-toppers Mumbai City FC to square things up in a 3-3 draw.
Igor Angulo (Mumbai City FC) - 8.85
Angulo continued to climb the most goals chart with a brace against NorthEast United FC.
Greg Stewart (Jamshedpur FC) - 8.74
Stewart scored a crucial goal against Kerala Blasters while creating six more goal-scoring opportunities, taking six corners and free-kicks each.