Matchday Round-Up: A thrilling Day 2 as Mumbai City secures second win, Hyderabad FC with historic Season 2 clean sweep, Bengaluru and Kerala share spoils.
Day 2 of eISL Match Week 2 concluded with some thrilling footballing action. Mumbai City FC secured their second consecutive win, while Hyderabad FC registered their first clean sweep of the eISL this season. A tightly-contested clash between Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC saw both teams sharing the spoils in a draw on aggregate. The players displayed high-intensity football, with impressive attacking and defending skills on show.
The first fixture saw Saksham_rattan8 from Mumbai City FC take on ATK Mohun Bagan’s Vicky_1227, with the Mariners opening the scoring. However, Saksham_rattan8 was quick to respond with an early goal in the second half, leading to a draw between the two teams. The co-op game that followed, witnessed Saksham_rattan8 and AdityaChadha23 tussle up against Vicky_1227 and Afnan_ameen10 and it was City who drew first blood, scoring early on to take the lead. They extended their advantage to 2-0 at the 55-minute mark and held on to secure a well-deserved victory over the Mariners. The final game of the fixture saw Afnan_ameen10 face off against AdityaChadha23 representing MCFC. Afnan_ameen10 opened the scoring at the 19th-minute mark, but AdityaChadha23 responded immediately after the start of the second half with a fantastic equalizer. The latter added another goal at the 60th-minute-mark, completing his comeback victory against ATK Mohun Bagan. City emerged victorious with 2-1 scoreline on aggregate, securing their second consecutive win in the eISL this season.
The second fixture saw the Torch Bearers and Hyderabad FC clash up against each other. The opening game featured Shayantanben07 taking on JenasidFC, where the latter took the lead around the 30th-minute-mark, but Shayantanben07 found the equalizer just before halftime. However, JenasidFC quickly answered back at the 45th minute to give Hyderabad FC the lead again. Shayantanben07 replied with an equalizer, yet again at the 48th-minute-mark, but the final half of the game saw Siddh aka JenasidFC go all guns blazing to score two more goals to secure a resounding victory for Hyderabad FC. In the co-op game, the first half was goalless until HFC's JenasidFC and _Warsi_ found the opener at the 54th-minute-mark, securing a comfortable 1-0 victory over the East Bengal FC boys. The third game saw a tightly contested fixture, with _Warsi_ clashing with East Bengal FC's Akshaat. The former opened the scoresheet at the 27th minute, and doubled the lead after getting the second goal at the 35th-minute-mark. The second half started off well for East Bengal FC's Akshat_sg8, as he managed to score two goals in under 10 minutes to equalize against Warsi. However, a goal in the final minutes from _Warsi_ helped secure Hyderabad FC's first clean sweep in the eISL, as they won 3-0 on aggregate, against East Bengal FC.
The final Day 2 fixture saw a marquee clash between the footballing giants Bengaluru FC & Kerala Blasters FC. The first game witnessed Bengaluru FC's Charanjot12 go head-to-head against the Blasters' Shubham. Shubham opened the scoresheet at the 45th-minute-mark right before entering the first half & then went on to put two more impressive strikes to conclude a 3-0 victory over the Blues. The co-op fixture saw rise to a thrilling comeback from the Bengaluru FC boys Xsagnik_ & Charanjot12 with two flamboyant first half finishes & one more in the final minutes to conclude a 3-1 victory for Bengaluru FC. The decider game saw the Blasters' very own Lokamanyu06 tussle up against Benagluru FC's Xsagnik_. A proper game of end-to-end football with both sides kicking off in full intensity. Xsagnik_ found the opener that came off through Ronaldinho's sleek footwork at the 24th-minute-mark. Lokamanyu06 took a fine shot nearing the first half whistle but it came off the woodwork. The second half started off well with both teams stressing upon some impressive attacking football. Lokamanyu06’s efforts paid off as he managed to net the equalizer, credits to some crossing inside the opponent's box. The fixture ended in a draw with both teams sharing the spoils.
eISL Matchweek 2 action will be back with six more enthralling games slated for tomorrow. The action will begin at 7 PM IST with matches being streamed live on eISL Gaming YouTube and Indian Super League YouTube handles.