The Indian Super League completed its seventh week, and it saw nine goals scored in five games- not exactly exciting returns but it did feature some good goals. Both goal-scorers and assist-providers shone in equal measure in the ISL the past week.
These are the three best goals we witnessed in gameweek seven:
Club: Chennaiyin FC
Against: Jamshedpur FC
Chennaiyin FC, buoyed by the arrival of Owen Coyle, a manager with Premier League experience, seem to have been re-energized after a slow start to the ISL 2019-20 season. And Nerijus Valskis’ goal was proof of that.
Valskis got the ball on the edge of the box and laid it off to Rafael Crivellaro, who took a couple of touches to compose himself and escape a defender before almost telepathically finding Valskis, who had advanced further into the box.
The Lithuanian striker took the ball with his back to goal, controlled it with his other foot to create a bit of space, and rifled the ball into the net, via the post to give Chennaiyin FC the lead.
Club: Bengaluru FC
Against: Odisha FC
The credit for this goal must go to both scorer and assister. Both of them displayed great reflexes when receiving the ball in a difficult position and it led to a goal which ultimately gave their team victory.
Odisha FC partially cleared a cross from the right-wing but the ball fell to Nishu Kumar, who did not quite get the required power on his pass to the left. However, Erik Paartalu read the situation well, and reacted early to divert his header to the only Bengaluru player upfront- Juanan.
The centre-back, who for some reason found himself in the furthest attacking position for the team, took the ball on the bounce, taking it further away from goal, but improvised very well to hit and divert it into the far post through a sea of Odisha defenders.
Against: NorthEast United FC
Roy Krishna has hit his stride for ATK after a lean opening few games, even winning the ‘Hero of the Month’ award and he displayed his instincts and cool head in a comfortable victory for ATK last week against NorthEast United away from home.
Krishna made his run through the middle and was found by a brilliantly weighted through-ball from strike partner, David Williams, who himself gave ATK the lead earlier.
The Fiji striker took the ball in his stride, beat the overly committed Wayne Vaz with a touch to his left, and softly tucked away his chance to give his side a two-goal cushion, from which they would emerge victorious.
Feature image courtesy: Twitter / @ChennaiyinFC