Two of the best teams in ISL currently, FC Bengaluru and FC Goa, met at the Fatorda Stadium. Expectedly, the match was a fiercely fought one, with one player from each time being red-carded. The away team, however, opened the scoring in the 34th minute, as Rahul Bheke back-heeled Xisco’s parried shot, into the goal. Pune equalised in the 72nd minute, through a shot that was deflected off Brandon into the net. Bengaluru, however, took the lead, five minutes, through captain Sunil Chhetri, who calmly headed Udanta Singh’s cross past the Goa custodian. The win took Bengaluru to the top of the table, tied on points with Goa, with two games in hand and extended their unbeaten run in the current season.
North-East United FC played hosts to Kerala Blasters. The home team, who have been one of the better teams in ISL 2018, however, conceded the first goal, in the 76th minute, as the Blasters’s forward Matej Poplatnik, rose high and headed Zakeer Mundampara’s accurate cross into the back of the net. The home team scored two stoppage time goals, the first by Ogbeche who scored from the spot, and the second through a well-struck volley by Juan Mescia, to complete the turnaround, and bag the important three points. Kerala, surely, would not be happy about how their defence faltered at such a critical juncture in the match.
Mumbai City and ATK met at the Andheri Sports Complex, in a match, where both the teams weren’t able to produce clear cut chances. They played out a drab draw, where neither team showed the requisite desire and intent.
Jamshedpur FC hosted Chennaiyin FC, who along with Delhi, have been the worst performers this season. Jamshedpur took an early lead, in the 14th minute, through a Pablo Morgado pile driver, leaving Karanjit clueless. They doubled their lead in the 29th minute, when Carlos Calvo scored from the penalty spot, after Sumeet Passi was fouled from behind, inside the box. Raphael Augusto, pulled one back for the visitors, in the 68th minute, as he too scored from the penalty spot. Jamshedpur, however, foiled any chance of a potential Chennaiyin comeback, when Mario Arques, assisted by Carlos Calvo, headed the ball into the net. The loss added to Chennaiyin’s miseries.
A David vs Goliath fixture, as one of the top two teams, Bengaluru, faced Delhi, who are lingering at the bottom of the table. Delhi, notably, did well to keep Bengaluru from scoring, until the 87th minute, when Udanta Singh scored a sweet shot from outside the box.