ISL 2020-21: Led by astute Khalid Jamil, NorthEast United FC defy all odds in breaking down door to playoffs
NorthEast United are here to stay and will no longer be content with flying under the radar. Perhaps, that is what will define them in the upcoming ISL seasons too.
ISL 2020-21: Bipin Singh scores hat-trick as Mumbai City thrash Odisha FC to keep hopes of first-place finish alive
After Odisha had taken a shock early lead through Diego Mauricio (9th minute), Mumbai hit back hard through goals from Bartholomew Ogbeche (14th, 43rd), Bipin Singh (38th, 47th, 86th) and Cy Goddard (44th).
ISL 2020-21: Ahmed Jahouh's error costs Mumbai City FC, tactical changes work for Hyderabad FC and other talking points
Here are some talking points from the past gameweek from the Indian Super League's ongoing season.
ISL 2020-21: Esmael Goncalves scores late equaliser as Chennaiyin FC hold league-leaders Mumbai City FC
However, the result meant the Islanders extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, matching FC Goa's record.
In a match where both sides struggle to create clear-cut chances, Vignesh's acrobatic 38th-minute strike stood out as a genuine quality moment.
A penalty from Bartholomew Ogbeche and a header from Rowllin Borges gave Sergio Lobera's men their third win in four games and sent them to the top of the table.
ISL 2020-21: Free-flowing football on cards as Mumbai City, FC Goa lock horns in search of first win
The match is expected to see a lot of passes. Lobera has long been known for getting his players to spray the ball all around the pitch. During his stint as FC Goa coach, he averaged 535 passes per match.
ISL 2020-21: Gerard Nus' NorthEast United put up inspired performance to spoil start of Mumbai City's mega project
Ahmed Jahouh's sending off gave a helping hand to NorthEast United in their win over Mumbai City but Gerard Nus' side also impressed with its tactical versatility, disciplined football, and a fearless attitude.
ISL 2020-21: New-look FC Goa eye fresh start under Juan Ferrando as they take on formidable Bengaluru FC
FC Goa have never won the coveted ISL trophy and would be hoping that this time around they go one step forward than the 2018 and 2015 seasons, when they emerged as runners-up.
A red card to Jahouh and a penalty turned the game, that Mumbai were otherwise dominating, on its head and handed NorthEast United FC a winning start
ISL 2020-21, Mumbai City FC preview: Sergio Lobera looks to lead new team to title with beautiful football
A new coach. A new philosophy. New players forming the spine. New majority owners. Mumbai City FC’s new normal in an abnormal, pandemic-hit season has been brought about by a complete overhaul at every step.
Ahmed Jahouh joined FC Goa in 2017 and became a key fixture for the Gaurs over the next three seasons, making 56 ISL appearances.
ISL 2020: 'Quite excited at prospect of replacing key players', says FC Goa's director of football Ravi Puskur
Ravi Puskur, FC Goa's director of football, spoke about the team's success on and off the pitch, the ambitions for the upcoming season and the rebuilding process under new head coach Juan Ferrando.
ISL 2019-20 stats review: Bartholomew Ogbeche's aspirations of Golden Boot under threat; miserly Bengaluru set clean-sheet record
With 90 matches worth of Indian Super League action behind us, Firstpost.com takes a quick look at the stats and numbers from this season of the ISL
ISL 2019-20: With momentum on their side, FC Goa look to turn tables on Bengaluru FC in clash of titans
It will be as much a test of temperament as it will be of tactical supremacy. While recent history may be on Bengaluru FC’s side, the onus lies on them as well, to turn the tables and put a halt to FC Goa’s unrelenting pursuit for the Indian Super League title.
FC Goa dominated the proceedings for the most part of the match but both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances before second-half substitute Manvir (68th) headed in the decisive goal
ISL 2019-20: FC Goa hold defending champions Bengaluru FC to draw via late Ferran Corominas equaliser
In what was a fiercely contested game in midfield, Goa and Bengaluru struggled to carve out clear-cut chances but the visitors, who produced the better output in the final third, found the breakthrough through Udanta Singh in the 62nd minute
ISL 2019-20, FC Goa Preview: Sergio Lobera's side retain best players to emerge as genuine title contenders ahead of season
If FC Goa can find a way to sheathe the double-edged sword that is their attack with a dash of pragmatism in defence, there's more than enough reason to believe that this time around, it could finally be their year
ISL 2019-20: New entrants Hyderabad FC, Odisha FC assemble squads with experienced campaigners, aiming to give other teams run for their money
Last year saw 254 goals being scored by the 10 teams during the ISL league stages and the upcoming season is set to be a bigger goal-fest, with every team securing their attack with reputed goal scorers
ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC showcase newfound resilience in combative final against FC Goa to clinch maiden title
Bengaluru FC's performance in the final was indicative of the philosophy that their new boss Cuadrat had instilled in his team, namely, a willingness to get back and defend