The Indian Super League is heading towards the crunch end of the season, with teams having played half of the 14 games in the regular season before the semis begin, we look back over the last 10 days of action, which teams have got their act together and look like they can go into the semi-final stage and which team are looking towards to just finishing the season and coming back stronger for a challenge next year.
FC Pune City 1-1 Chennaiyin FC, 11 Nov
The winner of this game would have gone top of the table but the two teams played out an entertaining draw at Pune’s Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium. Kostas Katsouranis scored for the hosts in the 9th minute with a cute finish but Stiven Mendoza equalized for Chennaiyin FC in the 58th minute, one talking point of the game was the penalty miss from Elano. Chennai remained second after the game, Pune were one point behind Chennai.
Kerala Blasters FC 0-0 Mumbai City FC, 12 Nov
A 0-0 draw didn’t help either team in their quest to confirm their spots as one of the top teams in the ISL. The encounter wasn’t the best in terms of attacking display with neither team being able to get a foothold of the game. The best chance of the game was for Kerala but they were denied in the 7th minute by Subrata Pal, whose double save kept the score line 0-0. This was the second consecutive goal less draw for both teams.
Delhi Dynamos FC 1-4 FC Goa, 13 Nov
This was the game of the basement dwellers and Delhi got a hammering from FC Goa, who moved from the bottom of the table and resigned Delhi to the bottom. The goals for Goa were scored by Bengelloun, who scored once in each half and a goal a piece from Robert Pires and Tolgay Ozbey, while the consolation goal for Delhi was scored by Gustavo Dos Santos in the 73rd minute.
Atletico de Kolkata 0-0 Chennaiyin FC, 14 Nov
The clash of the two top teams in the ISL, Atletico de Kolkata hosted Chennayin FC and were looking to overcome the last minute 1-1 draw against Chennai a few days ago. As expected, the match was dominated by the midfield and defences with very few scoring opportunities. The best chance came in the second half when marquee signing for Kolkata, Luis Garcia smacked a free kick straight into the crossbar. The result left both teams on 13 points with Atletico de Kolkata leading the table thanks to a better goal difference.
NorthEast FC 0-0 FC Pune City, 15 Nov
Another ISL fixture and yet another drab goal less encounter, NorthEast FC started the brighter of the teams but were unable to break down a dogged FC Pune City defence, Pune were happy to sit deep and play on the counter. Although NorthEast FC had the majority of the possession they could not get a clear chance to go ahead. Koke was impressive for the home team yet again but as unable to create a goal. Katsouranis was again brilliant for his Pune team and they deserved the point, which was a good result away from home.
Delhi Dynamos FC 0-1 Kerala Blasters FC, 16 Nov
Delhi just cannot seem to get a break and they lost yet again, this time to Kerala to stay rock bottom of the ISL. Alessandro Del Piero’s Delhi team needed to get a result but they slipped to their 4th defeat, they started the better team and had most of the possession but were unable to make that domination count. Kerala scored in the 2nd half thanks to a low shot by Penn Orji, this helped the Kerala team to move up to third place in the ISL with 12 points.
Mumbai City FC 0-0 FC Goa, 17 Nov
Mumbai City missed the chance to go on top of the league when they were held to a goal less draw by FC Goa. It was the battle of the Frenchmen with Nicolas Anelka and Robert Pires suiting up for Mumbai and Goa respectively but neither could help their side get the win that was needed. Goa remained 7th in the table while Mumbai remained in 5th spot with 12 points.
Atletico de Kolkata 1-0 NorthEast FC, 18 Nov
Atletico de Kolkata extended their lead at the top of the table with a hard fought 1-0 win over NorthEast FC thanks to a headed goal by skipper Luis Garcia, who scored in the 51st minute. The game didn’t have a lot of chances although Atletico did have the better of the attacking outlets. This was the league leader’s first win in 4 games and came at a very important time of the season.
Chennaiyin FC 3-1 FC Pune City, 19 Nov
Chennaiyin FC surged to the top of the ISL and became league leaders with a resounding 3-1 victory of Pune City. In an exciting game it was Mendoza who gave the home team the lead but that was cancelled when Eric Djemba-Djemba scored an own goal to level the score line. Bruno Pelissari made it 2-1 for Chennai before a 93rd minute goal from Jeje sealed the points and the victory for Chennai, rocketing them above Atletico de Kolkata.
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