Matchday seven of the 2019/20 season of the Indian Super League saw a few changes in the top half of the table. Bengaluru FC, who are yet to lose a game this season saw off a stern challenge from Odisha FC with a marginal 1-0 win away from home, while ATK registered a thumping 3-0 win over NorthEast United, while helped FC Goa climb a few spots to take the third place.
Mumbai City FC, on the other hand, played their third consecutive draw of the season – this time against Kerala Blasters - while Owen Coyle was made to wait for his first victory in Chennaiyin FC colours by Jamshedpur FC.
Plenty of drama and a lot to talk about, and we bring you five best moments from the matchday 7 of the ISL:
A dear miss
ATK’s Roy Krishan, who was named ISL ‘Hero of the Month’ for November, started December with an exhilarating performance against NorthEast United. Putting past two of his team’s three goals, the Fiji captain took this tally to six goals this season. The figure, however, could have been bigger if he were clinical enough to square off an easy finish against NorthEast. Running through on goal after a sublime David Williams pass, the 32-year-old failed to find the open net.
Goal saving challenge
Mumbai City FC failed to hold on to their lead against Kerala Blasters last Thursday, and they were duly punished by the Tuskers within two minutes of scoring. As the game went into the added minutes though, midfielder Serge Kevyn made a foray down the left flank only for defender Mohamad Rakip turning up when it mattered the most. The 19-year-old made a goal saving challenge inside his area to help his team get a point away from home.
That ain’t Manuel Neuer
On goal for Kerala Blasters against Mumbai was Rehenesh TP, and regardless of how nervous he looked on the night, he made one of the bravest decisions of his career by coming off his line to make an excellent score. Amine Chermiti’s long ball towards Bipin Singh released the latter through on goal, but Rehenesh decided to perform a Neuer by coming off his area, which at the end proved to be a quality decision.
Leaving it late
Up against Chennaiyin FC on Monday, Jamshedpur FC left it late to salvage a point. Having taken the lead through Nerijus Valskis in the 26th minute, Chennai failed to hold on their advantage and substitute Isaac Vanmalsawma sent the crowd into a frenzy with an 89th minute equalizer.
From Italy with love
As we are on the topic, Chennai striker Nerijus Valskis brought the Italian flavour in India by celebrating his opener against Jamshedpur in Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark style.
The man in form scores @ChennaiyinFC's first goal away from home! @NValskis 👏— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 9, 2019
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