Stunning comebacks, dominating ties and a winning streak going strong - Matchday 13 had it all!
Matchday 13 of the eISL once again gave us some brilliant moments to keep close with some mouth-watering clashes and moments coming all along the way.
KBFC vs HFC - A tie filled with comebacks!
First up, this was a tie for ages with comebacks on full display from both the sides. A dream start to the game had Jenasid break the deadlock in the 11th minute with a finish on point to put Hyderabad FC one up early on. The second goal followed just minutes later, with a brilliant finish just from the edge of the box. With the momentum on Hyderabad’s side, Lokmanyu pulled one back in the 42nd minute to reduce the deficit to one. With no goals in the rest of the time left, Jenasid gave Hyderabad the lead in the tie. The co-op saw fortunes change and Kerala bang in the opening goal of the game to reiterate their chances of coming back. It took a while but the Hyderabad boys leveled the tie in some scintillating style with R9 to bring the game all square. Just minutes later, Kerala once again went up in the game with a thumping finish to get them back in the tie, making it 1-1 on aggregate. The third game was one to remember with Shubum drawing first blood in the 10th minute. A sensational pass over the defender and a calm finish saw Kerala double the lead and increase their chances of taking the tie. Warsi soon knocked on the doors, scoring his first of the game. A comeback of the highest order was soon on display with Warsi coming back from 2 goals down to square it again. Just 5 minutes from time, Shubum put Kerala ahead once again. We all thought that would be the game but not. Warsi’s never give up attitude came to the fore just around the 90th minute, equalizing and leveling the tie and sharing the spoils.
CFC vs EBFC - Chennaiyin’s dominance!
The first game’s first half saw both teams get chances but failed to break the deadlock, heading into the break all square. Just three minutes after restart, Navin’s towering header earned Chennaiyin their opening goal of the game. Minutes from the final whistle, a mistake from Chennaiyin’s goalie handed the equalizing goal to East Bengal FC, ending the game 1-1. The second game once again saw Chennaiyin FC lead with some neat passing a rocket of a finish to once again put them in front. Goal number two came soon with another rocket of a finish from the boys representing Chennai. Chennaiyin’s dominance in the game extended with R9 sensing the ball into the net with a finish from inside the box that almost ripped the net open.The carmage continued with Chennaiyin banging in their fourth and fifth of the night to give them the lead in the tie. Tikka’s red-hot form continued, drawing first blood in just the 4th minute of the final game with a five star finish. It didn’t take Akshat to bounce back, pulling one back to make the deficit zero. A late goal for Tikka gave Chennaiyin all three points from the tie.
MCFC vs FCG - Still unbeaten and going strong, Mumbai’s unbeaten run comes to an end.
This tie once again reiterated why Goa are still unbeaten - their never give up attitude. The first 80 minutes of the opening game was all about both teams attacking but failing to get past each other's goalie. The wait was worth it as a brilliant passing move from Vanshaj and a calm and composed finish helped Goa get the opening goal of the game in the 81st minute, which later gave the Goa boys the advantage in the tie. Looking to comeback, Three minutes into the second game, a brilliant finish from the lads from Mumbai put them 1 up and a dream start to the game. The rest of the game saw some blistering action to the fore but no goals until the 85th minute. Fc Goa put on their scoring boots, finishing off a brilliant move to put them back in contention, taking a draw in the second game and still leading the tie by a game. The third game once again saw the deadlock in place till the break and midway through the second half as well. Krusher’s push towards finding the goal that would put the Islanders back in the tie paid off with him finding the opening goal in the 65th minute. But, that didn’t last long as Aadizema came right back into the game just 4 minutes later, finding an equalizer of his own and holding on later to draw the game and taking the full points from the tie. Goa’s winning streak goes on strong!