Leaving it late: Ranking teams for most points earned with last-gasp goals
There are several sorts of spectacles when it comes to football but a key decisive factor in the game are the goals scored towards the end of the 90 minutes. Not only do late goals change the outcome of the game but they also make a drastic difference in the league, determining the position of the team and most possibly the qualification to the playoffs.
The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season has seen a staggering 45 goals being scored in the last ten minutes of the game, rambling up the league table. From Ishan Pandita’s stoppage time winner to Lalrinliana Hnamte’s 90th minute equaliser, teams have remarkably benefited from late goals.
Let’s have a look at how the teams have fared with respect to the points earned by scoring goals in the last ten minutes:
11. Chennaiyin FC - 0 points
The Marina Machans are the only team to have not scored a single goal in the last ten minutes.
10. SC East Bengal - 1 point
The Red and Gold Brigade have obtained one point by scoring three goals in the last ten minutes.
9. Hyderabad FC - 1 point
Manuel Marquez’s men have yielded just one point even after scoring seven goals in the last ten minutes.
8. Bengaluru FC - 1 point
The Blues have raked in just one point from four goals in the last ten minutes.
7. Odisha FC - 2 points
Odisha FC have scored the highest number of goals in the last ten minutes (9), yet they weren’t able to convert it into a productive result as they have collected just two points in the last 10 minutes.
6. NorthEast United FC - 2 points
The Highlanders have bagged two points by scoring four goals in the last ten minutes.
5. ATK Mohun Bagan - 2 points
The Mariners have acquired just two points by scoring three goals in the last ten minutes.
4. FC Goa - 3 points
The Gaurs have found their way to gather their points through three goals in the last ten minutes earning them three points.
3. Mumbai City FC - 4 points
Defending the title doesn’t come in an easy way for the current champions who have fought their way to obtain four points by scoring four goals in the last ten minutes.
2. Kerala Blasters FC - 5 points
The Blasters aren’t far behind when it comes to scoring late goals. Having scored three goals in the last ten minutes, the Kochi-based side have earned five crucial points, helping them to secure their top four spot.
1. Jamshedpur FC - 8 points
Owen Coyle’s men have left no stone unturned when it comes to giving their best on the pitch. Jamshedpur FC have clinched eight points, the most in the league, by scoring just four goals in the last ten minutes.
As we near the end of the league phase of the Hero ISL 2021-22 season, teams will be eager to prove their mettle and bag maximum points in the race for the top four.