Solid Drincic, influential Bemammer and more: Key Takeaways from matchweek 7
Matchweek 7 was filled with a host of quality performances.
Matchweek 7 of the Indian Super League (ISL) was a relatively short matchweek but it was filled with a host of quality performances from all the teams involved. It was a week with only four matches played where a total of six goals were scored. A red card was also brandished in the first match of this matchweek.
Chennaiyin FC and East Bengal FC kicked off the matchweek on Saturday with a 1-1 draw before Kerala Blasters FC edged Hyderabad FC 1-0 after a gritty display from both sides.
Northeast United FC and Bengaluru FC faced each other in the next game on Sunday in which both teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC played the last match of the matchweek in which FC Goa came out on top with a 1-0 in a match which was proving to be another cagey affair until the last few minutes of the game.
Here are the key takeaways from matchweek 7:
Ninthoi creates magic in a tight game against East Bengal FC
Chennaiyin FC drew 1-1 against East Bengal FC in a tight encounter. Manipuri forward Ninthoinganba Meetei, commonly known as Ninthoi scored an important goal in the 86th minute of the game to rescue the points for Chennaiyin FC.
He came on as a substitute in the 59th minute of the game and looked threatening throughout the game till the end of 90 minutes. His movement from the right-hand channel constantly caused problems for the East Bengal FC defence. He was constantly linking up with Brazilian midfielder Rafael Crivellaro and it was one such link-up play which eventually led to his goal. Ninthoi's dazzling performance was the highlight of the game.
A rock-solid performance by Milos Drincic
Kerala Blasters FC edged past Hyderabad FC by a 1-0 scoreline with a well-taken goal by Montenegrin defender Milos Drincic in the 41st minute of the game.
The defender looked rock solid throughout the game and despite the number of attacking chances Hyderabad FC created throughout the game, his work in the defence with Hormipam Ruivah managed to keep the visitors at bay. He also opened his account in India with his goal in the game. His all-round performance was key to Kerala Blasters FC winning the game with a clean sheet.
Mohammed Ali Bemammer shows his class for NorthEast United FC
NorthEast United FC played out a 1-1 draw with Bengaluru FC in a match where Moroccan midfielder Mohammed Ali Bemammer put in a solid performance protecting the backline. He was also the person behind the through ball that released Jithin MS through on the wings whose cross was bundled over the line by an unfortunate Aleksandar Jovanovic clearance.
Bemammer was the player constantly organising the NorthEast United FC defence throughout the game. He was also the player who was blocking free spaces and any little gaps in the defence to make it tough for the Bengaluru FC attackers. His performance was key to NorthEast United FC getting the solitary point in the game.
Victor Rodriguez the difference maker for FC Goa
Spanish forward Victor Rodriguez scored the solitary goal for FC Goa in the game against Jamshedpur FC. His goal proved to be the difference as FC Goa won the game by a 1-0 margin.
He was substituted in the 61st minute of the game and was one of the main attacking threats for FC Goa from that point onwards. He was mainly operating in the centre-forward position and playing as a false nine. He was combining and interchanging positions with Noah Sadaoui. He was constantly creating spaces for his teammates to run into with his movement from the centre of the pitch. His performance was the point of difference for FC Goa in the game.