ISL 2020-21: Lack of creativity hurting Kerala Blasters, Sunil Chhetri scores at last and other talking points from matchweeks 3 and 4
Here are the talking points from the third and fourth matchdays of ISL 2020-21.
East Bengal finished a distant second in the I-League under Rivera, who was recruited by team's principal sponsors, who are on their way out
ISL 2019-20: ATK become table-toppers with Balwant Singh's last-gasp goal against NorthEast United FC
A last-gasp goal by super sub Balwant Singh helped two-time champions ATK earn a dramatic 1-0 win over NorthEast United FC and reclaim the top spot in the Indian Super League, on Monday.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: India coach Igor Stimac names 23-man squad for Bangladesh clash, Sandesh Jhingan misses out through injury
Defenders Sandesh Jhingan and Anwar Ali (Jr) were ruled out the match to be played at VYBK Stadium due to injuries, while Halicharan Narzary, Farukh Choudhary and Nishu Kumar did not make it to the final 23 and were released from the national camp
King's Cup 2019: New-look Indian side's performance reflects promising future under coach Igor Stimac despite chinks in defence
The coach also got to see almost his entire squad in action which will be the biggest positive of the King’s Cup. The current batch of Indian footballers are playing with a sense of belief that was absent for so many years in the national team, passing their way out of difficult situations and showing a never-say-die grit whenever required.
India, currently ranked 97th in FIFA charts, held their own against the 82nd ranked Oman by creating a few chances while both goalkeepers Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Amrinder Singh pulled off a few good saves to keep the scoresheet clean.
If in football, points were to be awarded on basis of performance and not the scoreline, Mumbai City FC and ATK would have perhaps returned empty-handed.
ISL 2018-19: Jorge Costa's Mumbai City FC play out goalless stalemate against ATK at home to halt winning run
Both Mumbai City FC and the visitors ATK were unable to convert whatever opportunities came their way and it was a goalless drab first-half.
ISL 2018-19: Form, defensive organisation give Mumbai City FC the upper hand against ATK in battle of pragmatist sides
In-form Mumbai City FC may have the edge over an inconsistent ATK side, but the real highlight would be the tactical battle between ISL's two most pragmatic coaches - Jorge Costa and Steve Coppell
Balwant Singh misses out from India's 22-man squad for friendly against China after being denied visa
Striker Balwant Singh was dropped from India's squad as his passport expires in less than six months. He was denied the Chinese visa.
Stephen Constantine's men escaped with a narrow loss as the Kiwis’ wastefulness in the attacking third saved India the blushes.
Lanzarote finished last season with 13 goals in his maiden stint in India for FC Goa, while Johnson spent five seasons at Bengaluru before switching to ATK.
Intercontinental Cup 2018: Sunil Chhetri strikes twice in 100th match as India beat Kenya in front of capacity crowd
Chhetri earned a penalty to break the deadlock in the 68th minute. Jeje Lalpekhlua then doubled the lead in the 71st minute before Chhetri's stoppage time (90+1) goal as fans went berserk.
India, who have already secured qualification to next year's continental showpiece, felt the absence of their key players, especially Sunil Chhetri.
AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers: Subrata Paul dropped from 32-member Indian squad for upcoming Kyrgyz Republic match
Subrata Paul is also the first Indian goalkeeper to sign for a foreign club, having signed up with FC Vestsjaelland of Denmark in January 2014
A 67th minute penalty strike by Rene Mihelic ensured Chennaiyin FC beat Mumbai City FC 1-0 in Chennai on Saturday, to end their league phase engagements of the Indian Super League on a winning note.
An erroneous deflection from Raju Gaikwad and a beautiful finish from Marcelinho made all the difference as FC Pune City beat Mumbai City 2-0 in the Indian Super League Maharashtra derby in Mumbai on Sunday.
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"It's been a challenging but a good season. I'm glad I could score on the occasions I did score and I regret the chances I've missed. I don't want to judge or rate myself," Balwant said.