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ISL: Match between Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC postponed

Panaji (Goa) [India] (ANI): The organisers of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday announced the postponement of Match No. 67 between Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC.
The match was scheduled to be played on Friday at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim. The League will look to rearrange the fixture to a later date. “The decision was taken considering advice from the League’s medical team on Jamshedpur FC’s inability to safely field a team and prepare for the match,” stated an official statement.
Jamshedpur FC is at second place on the points table with a total of 19 points while Mumbai City FC stands at the fourth spot with a total of 17 points. (Image source: Instagram)

ISL: Bagan ready to relaunch top-four ambitions with Blasters encounter

Panaji (Goa) [India] (ANI): ATK Mohun Bagan will be in action after a while, looking to stretch their unbeaten run when they take on table-toppers Kerala Blasters FC in the 2021-22 Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Thursday.
The Mariners have played only nine games so far with 15 points and placed sixth in the points table. A win against current league leaders Kerala would take them to the top-four with a game in hand but in Blasters, they face a team brimming with confidence. Kerala are unbeaten in 10 games and Ivan Vukomanovic can rely on a collection of attacking players who are in top form. Adrian Luna has provided six assists in 11 matches this season for Kerala and sits at the top of the assist leaderboard along with Ahmed Jahouh and Greg Stewart. Despite it being his first year in the ISL, Luna has already started breaking assist records.
Kerala have found a dependable goalkeeper in Prabhsukhan Gill as well, the young shot-stopper impressing under the bar in his first season. Gill has made eight appearances this season and kept four clean sheets so far. No keeper apart from Gill has kept more than two clean sheets, underlining this being a dismal year for keepers.
ATKMB meanwhile bolstered their backline with the addition of Sandesh Jhingan who returned to the fold from Croatian side HNK Sibenik. The last time the two sides met in the first game of the season, ATKMB ran out 4-2 winners under then-coach Antonio Lopez Habas.
“It will be a completely different match. That was the start of the season. It is a new chapter. I was not there for the first game. My focus is against the Kerala of the present and we try to do the best tomorrow and the most important is the players have to be ready to help the team,” ATKMB head coach Juan Ferrando said in a statement.
ATKMB have conceded 18 goals in their 9 matches this season and Ferrando would be concerned about his porous defence. They have now gone seven matches without a clean sheet, their joint-highest such run in the ISL.
ATKMB will also miss the services of playmaker Hugo Boumous who is suspended for the tie. Boumous has been a crucial cog in ATKMB’s attack.
In 9 ISL matches this season, he has scored five goals and provided three assists for the club. He is currently the joint highest goal scorer for the club.

ISL: Match between Hyderabad, Jamshedpur postponed

Panaji (Goa) [India] (ANI): The organizers of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Monday announced the postponement of Match No. 63 between Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC.
The game was scheduled to be played on Monday evening at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim. “The decision has been taken in consultation with the League’s medical team taking into account the inability of Jamshedpur FC to field a team,” stated an official statement.
The League will look to rearrange the fixture to a later date.
“The health and safety of all personnel in various bubbles remains our priority, and the League & Clubs will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly,” stated the statement further. (Image source: Instagram)

ISL: Eyes locked on summit, Mohun Bagan look to stymie Bengaluru run

Fatorda (Goa) [India] (ANI): ATK Mohun Bagan hopes their journey to the top of the tree starts with a win over arch-rivals Bengaluru FC when the two sides are scheduled to meet in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Saturday.
ATKMB are fifth in the points table with 15 in their bag but they have played only nine matches so far. A win on the morrow will take them closer to Kerala Blasters who are top of the heap with 20 points but having played 11 games. All teams have played 11 games in the top four and for the Mariners, it is a golden opportunity to get there.
Under Juan Ferrando the team has looked to be finding its mojo after losing the plot at the start of the season. The green and maroons have been unbeaten in the last five games and were held by Hyderabad FC in their last outing.
But a major cause of concern for Ferrando would be Hugo Boumous’ unavailability. Boumous picked up his fourth yellow card in the last match and won’t be available for this one.
He has been a vital cog in ATK Mohun Bagan’s attack this season. In nine Hero ISL matches this season, he has scored five goals and provided three assists for
For Bengaluru, they have found form after a poor start to the season. The Blues are also unbeaten in their last five games and downed Mumbai City FC by a heavy margin in their last outing to further underline their slide being arrested. the club. He is currently the joint highest goal scorer for the club.
Prince Ibara has taken the goal-scoring pressure off Cleiton Silva with his exploits in the last couple of games and that should be music to coach Marco Pezzaiuoli’s ears.
The Congolese striker has scored four goals this season, with three of them being assisted by Roshan Singh Naorem who himself is having a breakthrough season himself.
Bengaluru are placed seventh in the table with 13 points from 11 games and a win for them would take them to fifth in the table. The last time the two sides met, the game ended in a 3-3 draw. (Image source: Instagram)

ISL: Hyderabad spoil Chennaiyin’s top-four hopes with 1-1 draw

Panaji (Goa) [India] (ANI): Chennaiyin FC’s aspirations of breaking into the top-four went up in smoke as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hyderabad FC in a tense Indian Super League game that ended in a 1-1 stalemate at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday.
Chennaiyin went ahead through Mohd Sajid Dhot in the 13th minute but could not hold on to their slender lead till halftime as Javier Siverio (45th) continued his scoring spree with a goal on the cusp of halftime. There were no goals in the second period as Debjit Majumder made a string of saves in Chennaiyin goal and the home side put pressure in six minutes of added time for the winner but in the end, it ended all square. Hyderabad missed talisman Bartholomew Ogbeche, lacking teeth upfront as the league’s top-scorer served his suspension after picking up four yellow cards.
The result means Hyderabad moved third in the table with 17 points from 11 games while Chennaiyin remained sixth having 15 points from 11 matches.
Chennaiyin nosed ahead early through an unlikely source when young defender Mohd Sajid Dhot headed in Anirudh Thapa’s inch-perfect free-kick leaving Laxmikant Kattimani with no chance.
Stung by the early goal, Hyderabad got their act together and started bossing possession, also creating chances in the final third. The industry paid off just before halftime as Siverio atoned for his miss just a minute before with a calm and composed finish after Asish Rai sent in a delightful cross inside the box for Siviero to leap highest and head the ball in past Debjit Majumder.
Just after the restart, Debjit was forced into making two crucial saves to deny Siverio and Edu Garcia. Both teams made a flurry of chances to get that goal but clear-cut chances were few and far between before Ninthoinganba Meetel’s thunderbolt of a shot ricocheted off the bar and his rebound was a meek one.
Chennaiyin upped the ante in the latter stages of the second half with the introduction of Rahim Ali injecting pace. But in the end, Hyderabad held firm to eke out a point. (Image source: Instagram)

ISL: Kerala on form and Hyderabad go toe-to-toe in battle of ascendancy

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Kerala Blasters will look to re-enter the top four positions but against Hyderabad FC they will face a resolute test when the two sides meet in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday.
Kerala played out two draws in their last two encounters and are now in the fifth spot with 14 points from nine games. A win on the morrow will take them to the top four but second-placed Hyderabad will want to keep snapping at league leaders Mumbai City FC’s heels and therefore they are expected to come hard at Kerala. Kerala have just lost one game so far and at the heart of their eight-game unbeaten run is Adrian Luna who has been brilliant so far. Luna scored a goal and provided an assist in Kerala’s 2-2 draw against FC Goa. Luna scored a stunning goal to make it two for him this season and head coach Ivan Vukomanovic will hope the Spaniard continues his purple patch.
“All the game depends on momentum. How you start how you go through the game. You can be good when you are fully focused and concentrated on your task. And that’s what this fleet is doing. We have seen that anybody can beat anyone in this league,” Vukomanovic said ahead of the encounter as per the ISL release.
Hyderabad, also on an eight-game unbeaten run, have looked very impressive this season with their defence showing a lot of grit and in Bartholomew Ogbeche they have a striker who just can’t stop scoring.
Ogbeche is the third leading goal scorer in Hero ISL history with 44 goals. He is now 4 goals shy of the all-time record held by Ferran Corominas, who scored 48 goals in 57 matches for FC Goa.
Since joining Hyderabad, Ogbeche has scored nine league goals in nine games. He is the current leading goal scorer of the 21-22 Hero ISL. The Nigerian has scored a goal in 7 different league games this season.
“I like Kerala Blasters’ style of football and their coach. Their three offensive foreign players have become dangerous along with very good Indian players. It will be a very difficult game for both teams,” Manolo Marquez said.

Proud of way team fought: SC East Bengal’s Renedy Singh after match against Mumbai City

Panaji (Goa) [India]: SC East Bengal’s interim coach Renedy Singh was pleased with the way his team executed their game plan as they held Mumbai City FC to a 0-0 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Friday.
Both teams struggled to create major scoring chances in the match. The Islanders dominated possession but found it tough to find spaces behind SCEB’s back-line. Due to resilient defending from the Red and Gold Brigade, both teams had to settle for a draw. “I’m really proud of them. You have seen the game, I’m really proud of the boys. We played with one foreigner, can you imagine the opponent team was playing with the top four foreigners. Even the Indian boys the way they have played along with Daniel Chima Chukwu at the end is commendable. This is a top-notch performance from the boys. Yes, we could do better with the ball but there is hardly any time left in the end but then I’m really proud of the way they have executed the game plan,” said Renedy Singh in a post-match press conference as per the ISL website.
“If we keep working hard, even with one foreigner we can do well. We all have to believe in it. Mumbai is the best-attacking side in the league, even playing against the best-attacking side, the way we have defended and gave no clear-cut chance to them. Of course, we had defended deep. There was no clear-cut chance we could have nicked it at the end,” he added.
This result extended SCEB’s winless run to 14 matches and they remained rooted to the bottom of the table. On the other hand, Mumbai dethroned Hyderabad FC at the top of the table.
“We have been working from the first day. When I got in charge, we have been working on the structure that’s very important. Like we played against Northeast five upfront, nothing in middle and five in defence. We don’t need that, we need to play in a structure going up front together, coming back together. And that’s what we did for the last six, seven days and it’s working,” said the interim coach.

ISL: Desperate for a win, beleaguered East Bengal have task cut out against Mumbai City

Panaji (Goa) [India]: The search for their first win of the campaign is still on, SC East Bengal look to take confidence from their dogged display in the last game and put it across Mumbai City FC when the two sides meet in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday.
The red and golds have had a wretched campaign so far, failing to win any of their nine games so far and languishing rock-bottom in the points table with just five points. The Kolkata side parted ways with Jose Manuel Diaz before the game against Bengaluru FC and Renedy Singh was named interim coach.
The former India captain oversaw a spirited performance against the Blues but only managed to eke out a point from the fixture, making it two draws in two games for the beleaguered outfit.
Renedy, who has been the assistant coach for SC East Bengal since last season, drew plaudits for his first-ever assignment as the head coach as SC East Bengal went ahead in the first half only to throw away the advantage courtesy an own goal.
The defence looked in better shape for the first time this season and Renedy can take heart from the fact that his charges showed a newfound fighting spirit that was missing.
“I was really happy with the way boys fought and defended in the last game. The only question now is when we get the ball, can we play with a little bit more confidence and that is what we all are working on right now. Mumbai City is one of the best attacking sides in the league. We have to make the game more difficult for the opponent. If we allow them to play, they can punish us,” Renedy said as per the ISL release.
At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai were dethroned from the top of the heap by Hyderabad FC on Wednesday and Des Buckingham’s side can only blame themselves for that.
Winless in the last three outings, Mumbai could only pick up one point from them, failing to win their previous fixture against Odisha FC.
The goals have kept coming for the reigning champions but it is their rearguard that has not clicked of late.
Mumbai have conceded three goals or more in their last three matches. The Islanders have also dropped 8 points from winning positions this season. Five of those points have been dropped in the last three outings.
“We have made too many mistakes collectively as a team and also individually in the last game. We are looking at it in the context of the nine games as opposed to the last three. Across the nine games, we have played some good football,” Buckingham said.
“Whenever you play a team that has had a change in coach, you see an uplift not only in performance but results as well. We are very aware of it and the threat they pose. But the focus is on us. We need to be more consistent,” added the Briton.

ISL: Midfielder Vinit Rai joins Mumbai City FC on loan from Odisha FC

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Odisha FC midfielder Vinit Rai has joined defending champions Mumbai City FC on loan for the rest of the Indian Super League (ISL) campaign, the Islanders announced through a statement on Wednesday.
Rai who was the captain of Odisha FC this season makes the switch to the Islanders to add to their already rich midfield options that include Lalengmawia Ralte and Ahmed Jahouh. “Mumbai City FC are pleased to announce that the Club has reached an agreement with Odisha FC for the loan of 24-year-old midfielder Vinit Rai until the end of the season,” the club’s official statement read, as per the ISL website.
Rai has featured in eight matches for Odisha FC this season and has a staggering passing accuracy of 86.61 per cent.
The Islanders who have been dislodged from the top spot by Hyderabad FC will hope the acquisition of Rai will help get their bid for the League Winners’ Shield back on track.
Mumbai City FC take on SC East Bengal on Friday but it’s unlikely that Rai will be able to feature in that match.

Really proud of the way team fought: SC East Bengal’s Renedy Singh

Panaji (Goa) [India]: SC East Bengal interim coach Renedy Singh was pleased with the way his team executed their gameplan as they held Bengaluru FC to a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Tuesday.
Semboi Haokip (28′) opened the scoring with a diving header before Sourav Das (OG 55′) handed the equaliser to the opposition with an own goal. “We were talking about the structure before the match, they keep the shape till the end. One clear-cut chance, other than that there was no clear-cut chance for them. But we got three open chances, which we scored one and we could have scored two. Again, the players that we have, and with so many foreigners out we cannot play that expensive game. But then whatever the players who were in the field today, the way they have fought I’m really proud of them,” said Renedy Singh in a post-match press conference as per the ISL website.
“Before this game, last six days I got to work with the players for six days after the head coach left. That’s what I said, we were concentrating on the structure. Today if you see the game, of course, yes with the ball we could have been better. But then again the way we kept the shape while defending and counter-attacking, it was nice to see,” he added.
Renedy also praised Adil khan and said that the midfielder proved him wrong in the match.
“I was really worried, he was coming back after a long time with the injury. Because we know how Adil can play, but then in the last few months he was not totally fit. But today he has proved me wrong, he has shown that he can play. I think he played well today,” said Renedy.

ISL: Odisha FC stun table-toppers Mumbai City to throw league wide open

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Odisha FC completed a scintillating second-half comeback recording an impressive 4-2 win over Mumbai City FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22.
The result leaves Des Buckingham’s men winless in three games. Victory for Kiko Ramirez’s men means that only three points separate them from the league leaders despite being in seventh place on the table. Aridai Cabrera (4′) scored an early goal against the run of play but Ahmed Jahouh (11′) quickly brought the game on level terms with a superb finish.
Igor Angulo (38′) then headed his team into the lead before Jerry Mawihmingthanga (70′, 77′) scored a memorable brace to hand the lead back to the Kalinga Warriors. Jonathas (89′) put the result beyond any doubt by scoring the fourth.
The match began at a rapid pace as Odisha FC scored an early goal. Mumbai City FC’s Mourtada Fall gave the ball away with an unforced error in his own half which led to Aridai Cabrera cutting inside from the left flank and unleashing a curling shot towards the far post.
Mohammad Nawaz got both hands on the ball and yet could not prevent the ball from rolling inside the net. A few minutes later, Ahmed Jahouh found the back of the net with a sensational curling shot from almost 25-yards out. The midfielder was fed by Cassio Gabriel with a perfectly weighted pass for the equaliser.
Raynier Fernandes had a great opportunity to send his team into the lead at the half-hour mark but the midfielder miscued his header which went wide to his disappointment.
However, it was Igor Angulo who finally gave the Islanders the lead with a precise header from a Jahouh free-kick.
The second half also started on a fiery note as OFC began on the front foot. Moments after the hour mark, Sahil Tanwar missed an easy header to score the equaliser from 12-yards away after finding himself unmarked inside the box.
Ygor Catatau looked to have scored another goal from the bench but he was adjudged to be in an offside position.
Within seconds on the other end, Jerry Mawihmingthanga scored his first goal of the season and equalised with a diving header at the far post. The winger then proceeded to score OFC’s third and stunned the league leaders with a powerful drive that went straight into the top corner from the right flank.
To inflict more misery, Jerry turned provider by delivering a pinpoint cross for Jonathas who calmly placed his shot in the back of the net to score the fourth.
A late headed attempt from Catatau was saved by Kamaljit Singh from point-blank range who showed incredible reflexes to keep the Islanders at bay. The Kalinga Warriors held on to their lead and managed their fourth win of the season.
Top-ranked Mumbai City FC will play bottom-ranked SC East Bengal in their next fixture at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday whereas Odisha FC faces Juan Ferrando’s ATK Mohun Bagan at the PJN Stadium on Saturday.

ISL: Odisha FC face stern Mumbai City test in bid to steady ship

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Odisha FC will be desperate to snap a four-game winless run but in Mumbai City FC, they will face their sternest test yet, as the two sides lock horns in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Monday.
Odisha suffered a heavy defeat to Hyderabad FC in their last outing, underlining their drop in form since the first few games where they looked very good. The Kiko Ramirez-coached side have been poor defensively, conceding 20 goals in 8 games this season, the worst record so far. In 2020-21 ISL, Odisha ended with the worst defensive record in Hero ISL conceding 44 goals in 20 games with just one clean sheet.
“There are some moments where we made individual mistakes and that cost us the game. But we cannot blame anyone. The coaching staff will take the responsibility first and then the players. We will keep trying to find a solution and we are confident of getting better,” Assistant Coach Kino Garcia said in the pre-match press conference as per the ISL release.
On Mumbai, he added: “Mumbai are league leaders and they are a strong team. We have done our homework and we will be ready.” Kiko Ramirez remains suspended for the game for accumulating his second caution from the bench last match.
For defending champions Mumbai, it will be about consolidating their lead at the of the heap after dropping points in the last two matches. The Islanders lost to Kerala Blasters FC and drew with NorthEast United FC in a high-scoring encounter, allowing teams like Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan to close the gap on them.
Mumbai have been a first-half team so far. Sixty per cent of the goals scored by them have come in the first period. No team has scored more goals than Mumbai City (12) in the first half of games this season. But what will concern coach Des Buckingham is their struggles in the second half.
Mumbai have conceded 9 of their 13 goals in the second half of games. Seven of the 9 goals conceded in the second half of games has come in a 15-minute span between the 45th and 60th minute. No team has conceded more goals in this 15-minute span.
“We need to make sure defensively we are well placed as well. That’s what we have been training on in the last few games. We want to continue playing attacking football but we need to be good defensively as well,” Buckingham said.
Meanwhile, Bipin Singh is having a great season so far with three goals and two assists. His five-goal contributions are the second-highest among Indian players after Liston Colaco (5 goals + 1 assist) this season. Igor Angulo has also been in cracking form, netting seven goals already along with two assists.
Mumbai have two wins and two losses in their 4 games against Odisha.

ISL: Blasters eye claim for top spot against struggling Goa

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Kerala Blasters FC will want to start the new year like they ended the last when they meet FC Goa in the 2021-22 Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday.
Kerala are fifth in the points table with 13 points from eight matches but have remained unbeaten for the last seven games. Ivan Vukomanovic’s charges have looked very good this season, especially in midfield and attack. A win on Sunday will take them atop the league standings, displacing Mumbai City FC. One of the main reasons for Kerala Blasters’ success this season is the stability and balance their midfield duo of Jeakson Singh and Puitea add in both offence and defence.
Jeakson and Puitea are both good in possession and solid defensively. Jeakson is the one who sits behind usually, doing more defensive work and starting attacks. Puitea is the box-to-box midfielder who shuttles between defence and attack.
The likes of Alvaro Vazquez have done well in attack and Kerala can be confident with the arsenal they have against FC Goa who are struggling.
“Every game for us is a final. We want to show Kerala Blasters is a tough team and build a strong side for the future of the club. We have no right to announce that we are going for the title. We were second from the bottom last season. We are doing good now but you have to remain humble, shut up and continue working. If we are in a favourable position come the final stages of the season, we will see then,” Vukomanovic said on the team enjoying a rich vein of form.
Goa haven’t won in their last three matches and under Derrick Pereira lost to ATK Mohun Bagan in their last encounter. The Gaurs looked out of sorts in that game despite Jorge Ortiz marking his comeback into the side with a goal. With two goals and three assists this season, Ortiz (5) has more goal contributions than any other Goa player and the Spaniard has looked in good touch. Goa’s defending from set-pieces have been a bane as they have leaked nine goals from them so far.
“Blasters have some good strikers and against a team that are in form, we need to prepare to our strengths and I feel we have been gradually doing good in the last two games,” head coach Pereira said.
“Hopefully, we get out there and play for the three points. Edu Bedia has started training but we are yet to get a clearance from the medical team. Airan Cabrera is ruled out as he is still nursing his hamstring injury.”

ISL: If any team could have won that match, it was us, says Jamshedpur FC’s Owen Coyle

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle felt his team had the better chances to win the match against Kerala Blasters FC that ended in a 1-1 draw but felt it was another valuable point in the race for the Indian Super League (ISL) semi-final race.
The Red Miners took the lead in the match through Greg Stewart but Kerala Blasters FC’s Sahal Abdul Samad scored the equaliser as the game ended 1-1. “I think I’ve got to say I think it was a very good game with two very good teams. I do feel that we edged that in terms of the chances we created. I think we had some wonderful goalscoring chances with four or five on target and obviously scored a wonderful goal with Greg,” said Owen Coyle in a post-match press conference as per the ISL website.
“And then we were caught on the counter-attack because Kerala (Blasters FC) have good players. So we’re a little bit disappointed with that. But in terms of the game, I felt if anybody was going to win a game, it was certainly going to be ourselves,” he added.
Owen Coyle praised Greg Stewart as he performed brilliantly in the game despite being sick.
“He hadn’t, he’s not eating for two days, he’s had an upset stomach, but he still wanted to be there. And that shows the spirit that we have. These players want to give their 100% and want to be on the field for you even when they are not fully fit. And I love that, you know, as a head coach it’s’ great. I told him that if he wanted to come off, I’ll bring him out but he wanted to stay on,” said Owen Coyle.
“He scored the goal. And he’ll tell you himself, he knows he can do even more in a game. But what a wonderful talent and it’s great to have him in the ISL,” he added.

ISL: Jamshedpur look to upset Kerala Blasters’ apple cart in Boxing Day blockbuster

Panaji (Goa) [India]: The Kerala Blasters FC juggernaut will look to remain unscathed amid festivities and continue making merry but in Jamshedpur FC they will face a stern test, to say the least when the two sides meet in the Indian Super League here on Sunday.
The Boxing Day blockbuster at the Tilak Maidan Stadium will see two sides who are not only in the top four but also in supreme form, riding on some free-scoring attackers and well-oiled defence in the last few matches. Kerala have been unbeaten in six games while Jamshedpur haven’t lost their last two. Jamshedpur shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw against Bengaluru FC in their previous engagement but the Men of Steel have been prolific in front of goal with Greg Stewart being at the heart of their success.
Kerala have been spectacular so far, putting behind disappointments of previous years with a collection of players who have dazzled, especially in front of goal. They won 3-0 against Chennaiyin FC in their last game, making light of an obdurate Chennaiyin defence.
Among the players who have risen to the occasion for Kerala, Sahal Abdul Samad has been brilliant, scoring in back-to-back games. Prior to the start of the 2021-22 ISL, the youngster had just one goal to his name. But in seven games this season, he has managed to score thrice, including one each in the last two games.
His defensive game has also been encouraging this season. He has 13 successful tackles, the second-highest among Kerala players after Adrian Luna (15). Sahal’s 11 blocks this season is bettered only by Marko Leskovic’s 14 among Kerala players.
Luna has been the creative spark in Kerala’s attacking arsenal. He has three assists in the league until now, only Ahmed Jahouh (5), Roy Krishna (4) and Greg Stewart (4) have more. His passing, vision, and ability to pick out players perfectly is one of the reasons why Kerala look so comfortable in creating chances in open play.
“We have been consistent and the players are working hard. That’s how you get better in football. We are sorry we cannot have the victories in front of our fans. I have huge respect for them and we will continue the good work,” said Kerala head coach Ivan Vukomanovic in a statement.
“Our goal this season is to work hard. We finished second from bottom last season, so we need to keep working hard and build on the momentum. In football, it’s about momentum and playing game by game.”
Kerala have scored 12 goals in their first seven games, including an own goal in the game against Bengaluru FC. For the first time in their Hero ISL history, the club have scored more than 10 goals after seven opening league games and that is a testament to their teamwork.
For Kerala, nine different players have had a goal or an assist this season. Only Jamshedpur FC (11) and Hyderabad FC (10) have more players contributing to a goal or an assist.
Jamshedpur, meanwhile, are sitting third in the table and have the same number of points have Kerala (12). A win on the morrow will take either team level on points with Mumbai City FC who have a game in hand.
“I’m excited about every game, especially when you are playing a good team like Kerala Blasters. They have an outstanding coach, somebody, apart from his footballing qualities is a nice man,” said Jamshedpur coach Owen Coyle.
“I think I have mentioned before, they have wonderful foreigners. They have all played at a very high level. They have got dangerous Indians as well and they are dangerous as a team. They work very hard not just individually but as a team. But it’s a team we are looking forward to playing,” he added.

ISL: Odisha FC hold Goa to 1-1 draw

Panaji (Goa) [india]: FC Goa and Odisha FC shared spoils in Derrick Pereira’s first game as Goa’s head coach in the Indian Super League game that ended in a 1-1 draw at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here on Friday.
Ivan Gonzalez (42nd) gave Goa the lead in the first half but their joy was short-lived as Jonathas Cristian (53rd) equalised early on the second period. There were chances for both teams to clinch the game but it ended in a stalemate leaving both camps high and dry. The result means Odisha stay seventh with 10 points from seven games while Goa also remain in eighth place with eight points in their kitty from seven outings.
The game got off to a cagey start before Gonzalez helped Goa take the lead. Aiban Dohling got on the end of a free-kick and sprinted in front of the defenders to flick the ball back for Gonzalez who tapped it into the net.
Goa looked the better side in the first half, enjoying the lion’s share of possession but lacking a cutting edge in the final third.
Kamaljit Singh made two exquisite saves off the brilliant Alberto Noguera before the Gaurs went ahead three minutes to the halftime whistle.
It didn’t take Odisha long to restore parity as Jonathas got on the scoresheet after Dheeraj Moirangthem failed to clear a dangerous ball inside the box and the Brazilian was on hand to tap home from close after sprinting in towards the far post.
Both teams threw in the towel in a bid to bag the winner and Dylan Fox almost scored an own goal when he headed the ball into his own crossbar. The ball lobbed back to the edge of the box with Liridon Krasniqi hitting it on target only for a Goa shirt to make a goal-line clearance.
Krasniqi’s effort in injury time came off the post much to the agony of Odisha FC as both teams ended the game all square.

ISL: Hyderabad, East Bengal play out 1-1 draw

Bambolim (Goa) [India]: SC East Bengal held Hyderabad FC to a 1-1 draw but could not stop the Nizams from jumping into second place on the points table, in their 2021-22 Indian Super League fixture at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Thursday.
Hyderabad extended their unbeaten run to six matches but the Red & Gold Brigade remain winless in eight matches. Amir Dervisevic (20′) gave SC East Bengal an early lead against the run of play with a brilliant free-kick but Bartholomew Ogbeche (35′) scored with a header to bring the match level.
Joel Chianese was the first to test Arindam Bhattacharya in the 12th minute after a cautious start from both teams. However, it was SC East Bengal that went into the lead thanks to a powerful direct free-kick from outside the box by Amir Dervisevic. The midfielder scored with a left-footed shot that caught Laxmikant Kattimani unawares, who should have done better in saving the attempt. Daniel Chima Chukwu missed a fabulous opportunity to double his team’s lead by sending his shot wide in a one-on-one situation just before the half-hour mark.
Post the drinks break, Hyderabad FC turned up the intensity and scored through Bartholomew Ogbeche. A pinpoint cross from the left flank by Aniket Jadhav found Ogbeche’s head who easily directed the ball past the goalkeeper. Minutes after the equaliser, Mohammad Rafique then blasted the ball against the crossbar with a powerful shot from outside the box after latching on to a layoff by Chukwu. Both teams went into the break on equal terms.
Manolo Marquez sent Sahil Tavora in Rohit Danu’s place as a halftime substitution. The second half saw both teams cancel each other out and both tacticians made personnel changes to change the complexion of the game. Raju Gaikwad was one of the players to make way who suffered a blow to the head earlier in the match.
At the 85th minute mark, Sahil Tavora attempted a long-range attempt which made Arindam parry the shot away. The rebound from Siverio went wayward, to the goalkeeper’s relief. The fourth official indicated seven minutes of added time for stoppages during the game. Naorem Singh and Juanan got a yellow card each in the late stages of the match. Despite throwing everything in their locker at the opposition, neither side could find the winner and the game ended on even terms.
Hyderabad FC will play Odisha FC in their next at the Athletic Stadium on Tuesday while SC East Bengal has a long rest period before facing Bengaluru FC on Tuesday in the next year.

ISL: Kerala Blasters defeat Chennaiyin FC

Vasco (Goa) [India]: Kerala Blasters FC recorded an impressive second consecutive win in their 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) campaign after defeating Chennaiyin FC with a 3-0 scoreline at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Wednesday.
The Yellow Army rise to third place in the points table while handing the Marina Machans their second defeat of the season, which sees them drop to sixth. Jorge Pereyra Diaz (9′) gave KBFC the lead by scoring his third goal of the campaign prior to Sahal Abdul Samad (38′) doubling the advantage before halftime. Adrian Luna (79′) then scored his first goal of the season to put the result beyond any doubt in the second half.
Jorge Diaz sent his team into an early lead after a lofted through ball found the striker in ample space behind CFC’s backline. His right-footed shot towards the bottom left corner gave no chance to Vishal Kaith to make a save.
Prabhsukhan Gill was called into action just before the half-hour mark who made a brilliant right-handed save to keep away a header from his own defender. Germanpreet Singh had a fabulous opportunity to score the equaliser just before the drinks break but his shot from roughly 12-yards out went wide to the shock of his teammates.
Sahal Abdul Samad then extended the lead by scoring from inside the box after a poor clearance from Kaith handed the ball to KBFC forwards in his own half. Sahal’s initial shot was blocked by Reagan Singh but the midfielder made no mistake with the rebound and calmly placed the ball in the back of the net.
Vazquez then had the chance to score a third before halftime but he could not beat the goalkeeper from a one-on-one situation.
Salam Singh and Lukasz Gikiewicz were sent as halftime changes from Bozidar Bandovic to influence the game. Lalthathanga Khawlhring became the first player to get booked for a foul in the second half which was less eventful than the first. Despite sustained periods of pressure, CFC did not have a clear scoring opportunity until the second drinks break.
Post the resumption of the match, Adrian Luna opened his account with a powerful right-footed strike following a lack of communication amongst the CFC defenders. The Yellow Army remained in control of the match post the third goal and secured another three points with back-to-back 3-0 wins.
Kerala Blasters FC awaits the challenge of Jamshedpur FC in their next game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday. Chennaiyin FC on the other hand will get a week’s rest before their clash against Bengaluru FC at the same venue on Thursday.

ISL: Vukomanovic wary of ‘tight game’ as Kerala look to build on winning momentum

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Ahead of the Indian Super League (ISL) match on Wednesday, Kerala Blasters FC head coach Ivan Vukomanovic lauded Chennaiyin’s safety-first approach, saying the best defence usually wins the league.
Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters will both look to build on the winning momentum when they lock horns at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Wednesday. Kerala Blasters leapfrogged to sixth in the table with a marauding 3-0 win over league leaders Mumbai City FC, in one of their finest performances in recent times.
“We faced tomorrow’s (today’s) opponents in pre-season. As coaches, we know each other for a long time. So looking from that side, there won’t be any surprises. We will try to explore certain things in order to win the game,” said Vukomanovic as per the ISL release.
“They will be organized and play the way they want to. We will see a tight game tomorrow. There will be a lot of duels. The best team will win after a hard game,” he added.
Chennaiyin recorded a 2-1 victory over Odisha FC in their last outing and are currently sitting at fourth place in the points table with 11 points from six matches.
“The defence will win you competitions, the attackers will win you games as they say in football. So it’s a good way to approach,” said Vukomanovic.
Chennaiyin and Kerala have faced each other 16 times. Chennaiyin FC have 6 wins, Kerala Blasters have 3 wins and 7 games ended in draws.

ISL: FC Goa announce Derrick Pereira as new head coach

Panaji (Goa) [India]: FC Goa on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Derrick Pereira as the club’s new head coach.
Pereira, who is currently with the Club as its Technical Director, had taken charge of the Gaurs along with Clifford Miranda and Roma Cunillera during the fag end of the 2019/20 season after the departure of Sergio Lobera. The former Indian international during his little time at the helm of the Gaurs, took the side to finish top of the Indian Super League table at the end of the 2018/19 league table – paving the way for FC Goa’s qualification for group stages of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
The 59-year-old has extensive experience working with the majority of players from the present FC Goa squad. A number of them have played under him in his stints before his time with FC Goa while many more come through the youth ranks under his guidance
Speaking of the task ahead, new FC Goa head coach Derrick Pereira said, “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club I have been part of for so many years. It is a very proud day for both me and my family.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.
“I would like to thank the club management for this opportunity and thank the club’s supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together.”
Speaking on the appointment, FC Goa’s Director of Football, Ravi Puskur said, “We’re pleased to announce that Derrick has taken over as the Head Coach of the team. He’s been ingrained into the fabric of the club and is well versed with our players and staff with a vast majority of them having worked with him.
“He will settle into the day to day workings of the team seamlessly and we’re certain he’ll continue to push our brand of football. A Goan taking over FC Goa is the perfect representation of what we believe in and we’re confident he will make his mark on this team and will continue to push the team towards its objectives.”
Derrick Pereira has been with the club since 2017, serving as the Assistant Coach in 2017/18 before taking up the role of the Technical Director at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
In this role, he headed FC Goa’s Youth Development, with three of his teams finishing as Champions. He was also in charge of the India U23 team in 2019.
He has previously managed Mahindra United, winning the National Football League in his maiden season. That established him as one of the premier coaches of the country as he went on to manage Pune FC, Salgaocar, DSK Shivajians and Churchill Brothers.

ISL: Bengaluru shut out Jamshedpur in intriguing draw

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC were involved in a game that had everything except a goal. The two sides played out an engaging goalless stalemate in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Monday.
Jamshedpur moved to the second spot on the table with 12 points but would rue their missed opportunity to close the gap on leaders Mumbai City. Bengaluru now have two draws in a row and their first clean sheet but languish at second-last with just 6 points. Sunil Chhetri was named on the bench for the second game in a row. Jamshedpur were dealt a major blow even before the first whistle was blown. Lithuanian striker Nerijus Valskis pulled up with an injury during the pre-match warm-up with Jordan Murray replacing him up top.
Udanta Singh had Jamshedpur in trouble early on. First, the India international failed to tap in from Ajith Kamaraj’s cross, and then minutes later, he ran past the defense to square the ball into the box, only to be let down by his strikers, who failed to reach on time.
Brazilian midfielder Alex Lima had other plans at the opposite end. The Bengaluru defense failed to close down Lima as he swiveled past three men to take aim at the goal. However, his attempt went wide.
Both goalkeepers were called into action multiple times in the first half. Hat-trick hero from last week, Greg Stewart crossed in a ball towards Murray but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu put in a critical clearance. Rehenesh TP’s effort was more spectacular. Ashique Kuruniyan spewed in a ball from the left perfectly for Cleiton Silva, whose header was parried off brilliantly.
The change of ends brought more drama for the neutral as both teams were handicapped by their own profligacy. Greg Stewart and Lima continued to be the focal points of attack for the Men of Steel but it was effective defending that kept BFC out of trouble.
Prince Ibarra had just a couple of shots, that too off target but Cleiton, who looked promising was substituted off for Sunil Chhetri with a quarter of an hour to go with Marco Pezzauioli looking for inspiration from the India captain.
Chhetri almost pulled off a blinding winner in the 83rd minute. Ashique whipped in a long freekick that was headed goalwards by Chhetri. A slight deflection off Alan Costa and the ball bounced off the crossbar, summing up the evening of some evenly contested football.

ISL: FC Goa play first draw after a thrilling contest with Hyderabad

Bambolim (Goa) [India]: FC Goa played a highly entertaining 1-1 draw with Hyderabad FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 fixture at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday.
The result elevates the Nizams to second place in the points table after having dropped down to fourth owing to Chennaiyin FC’s win over Odisha FC earlier in the evening. Joel Chianese (54′) scored his first goal of the season, sending HFC into the lead with a brilliant header but Airan Cabrera (62′) equalised for FCG just after the hour mark.
The match started on a high tempo with both teams enjoying scoring opportunities early on. Amidst the high energy where tackles were flying in from both sets of players, Rohit Danu was the first to receive a yellow card on the night for a high boot in the 26th minute.
Moments later, Seriton Fernandes got a yellow as well for arguing with the referee. It was Joel Chianese’s turn to receive a yellow after the half-hour mark for simulation inside FC Goa’s box.
With a few minutes to halftime, Joao Victor became the third HFC player to receive a yellow in the first 45-minutes.
A few moments later, Airan Cabrera found the back of the net after connecting with a sensational cross from Seriton, but the assistant referee adjudged him to be in an offside position and disallowed the goal.
The teams went into the halftime break on even terms. Post the resumption of the match, Asish Rai became the fourth HFC player to get a yellow card for a late challenge and an altercation with FCG players.
Joel Chianese then finally broke the deadlock by leaping and heading in a sensational cross from Nikhil Poojary, six minutes before the hour mark.
Eight minutes later, Airan Cabrera equalized for FC Goa after Devendra Murgaonkar’s shot hit the right post and landed at the striker’s feet. He made no mistake in slotting the ball inside the net with the goalkeeper out of his position. Alberto Noguera and Sanson Pereira got a yellow card each in the second half.
At the 82nd minute mark, the Nizams were dealt a major blow following the departure of influential full-back Rai, who could not continue due to an injury.
Bartholomew Ogbeche became the fifth HFC player to receive a yellow card for reacting aggressively to a foul.
Laxmikant Kattimani then rescued his side with a sublime save from his fingertips, keeping out Noguera’s late attempt. Four minutes were added but there was no separating the two sides which shared the points on an eventful night.
Hyderabad FC will now face bottom-placed SC East Bengal at the Athletic Stadium on Thursday while FC Goa are up against Odisha FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday.

ISL: NorthEast United FC stun SC East Bengal to register their second win of season

Panaji (Goa) [India]: NorthEast United FC recorded their second win of the ongoing Indian Super League 2021-22 season by defeating SC East Bengal thanks to a 2-0 scoreline at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Friday.
The result extends SCEB’s winless run to seven games which keeps them firmly at the bottom of the points table. V.P. Suhair (61′) broke the deadlock by scoring his second goal of the season to give NEUFC a crucial lead. Patrick Flottmann (68′) extended the advantage by scoring his first goal in the ISL by getting his head on the end of a cross.
NEUFC’s evening started on a negative note as they lost Hernan Santana to injury during the warm-up. The first 30-minutes of the game did not have any clear scoring opportunities as both teams cancelled each other out. SCEB saw their centre-back Franjo Prce leave the pitch due to a twisted ankle and was replaced by Amir Dervisevic in the first half.
Rochharzela and Naorem Singh received a yellow card each for reckless tackles before the break. There was a clear lack of quality in the final third from both teams as there were no shots on target in the first 45-minutes. The second half started with an immediate yellow card to Lalkhawpuimawia whose shot just before the hour mark from inside the box headed straight at the goalkeeper.
However, at the stroke of the 61-minute mark, an unforced error from Raju Gaikwad gave the ball away to NEUFC players inside his own half and the subsequent cross was picked up by V.P. Suhair who scored from close-range to send his team into the lead. His right-footed shot went past the goalkeeper after hitting the inside of the left-sided post.
A few minutes later, thanks to some clever work from a free-kick, a cross found Patrick Flottmann who converted his header from point-blank range to extend his team’s lead to two goals. Khassa Camara and Mathias Coureur came close to scoring as well but their attempts went wide respectively.
To add insult to injury, Antonio Perosevic was shown a direct red card late in the game for barging into referee Rahul Kumar Gupta out of frustration. The Highlanders defended their advantage well and held on to secure crucial three points in the battle of the bottom-placed teams.
NorthEast United FC awaits the challenge of ATK Mohun Bagan at the PJN Stadium in their next outing on Tuesday while SC East Bengal will face Manolo Marquez’s Hyderabad FC at the Athletic Stadium on Thursday.

ISL: Resurgent Goa will have task cut out against in-form Hyderabad

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Back in business after a torrid start, FC Goa will look to extend their winning streak but in Hyderabad FC, they will have their task cut out in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday.
The Gaurs snapped a three-game losing streak against SC East Bengal with a 4-3 verdict and followed it up with a 2-1 triumph over Bengaluru FC in their last outing. Placed eighth in the points table, the Juan Ferrando-coached outfit will look to climb up the ladder but sans the services of key man Jorge Ortiz, it won’t be easy. Ortiz picked up his first-ever red card in the ISL in FC Goa’s last match and will be unavailable for selection in the upcoming match as a result of it. It was his first-ever red card in the ISL.
“For me, what is most important is the players who are focusing on the 90 minutes. Injuries and in this case, the red card for Jorge is not so important because it is a distraction for the team,” said Juan Ferrando in an official release.
Ortiz is an integral part of the FC Goa attack as he can both finish off chances and create them too. This is seen in his attacking numbers in his five matches so far. The Spaniard has the highest number of goal contributions for FC Goa this season with four-goal contributions. He has scored once and provided three assists.
The home team will also need to sort out their free-kick woes. The Gaurs have conceded eight set-piece goals, the most set-piece goals conceded by any team this season.
Hyderabad FC, meanwhile, will come into the game full of confidence after their massive 5-1 drubbing of NorthEast United FC. It was only the second time they had scored 5 goals in a match in their ISL history.
Bartholomew Ogbeche has been in top for Manolo Marquez’s wards, netting five goals so far. The likes of Akash Mishra, Asish Rai and Chinglensana Singh have also been in fine fettle, adding solidity to the defence.
Hyderabad have looked like a balanced team this season with Javier Siverio and Joel Chianese helping Ogbeche upfront and adding to Marquez’s options. Young Rohit Danu has also been in fine touch, underlining the team’s camaraderie on the pitch.
“FC Goa are an interesting team. They play a style of football that I like. They are similar to Mumbai City but for me, Mumbai are one step ahead of everyone. Tomorrow, it will be a difficult game for us but it will be difficult for Goa too,” Marquez praised the opposition.
Hyderabad though have failed to win any of their four matches against the Gaurs. Three of those four matches have been losses.

ISL: Rahul Bheke nets winner as Mumbai City consolidate lead

Fatorda (Goa) [India]: Mumbai City FC rode on Rahul Bheke’s second-half goal to consolidate their lead at the top of the table and end Chennaiyin FC’s unbeaten run in an Indian Super League (ISL) game at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.
Bheke scored the winner in the 86th minute, making the most of a Vishal Kaith error as the goalkeeper bottled up after Ahmed Jahouh set Bheke up from a free-kick. Courtesy of the 1-0 result, Mumbai now have 15 points from six matches. Chennaiyin, meanwhile, dropped to fifth with eight points from five matches.
Chennaiyin were off to a good start but in no time Mumbai were back to doing what they do best, keep the ball and dictate the tempo of the game.
Cassio Gabriel looked as sharp as ever but the first chance fell to Igor Angulo after Vishal Kaith made a meal of an easy collection and Angulo was on hand to take a swipe but the seasoned striker found the outside of the post to his and Mumbai’s dismay.
Angulo had another chance to make it 1-0 for the Islanders in the 22nd minute when Ahmed Jahouh dinked a delectable ball for him but the 37-year old Spaniard shot wide.
Chennaiyin struggled to get the ball out of their half as the league leaders bossed possession.
In the second period, it was more of the same as Mumbai tried to break the resolute Chennaiyin defence.
In the 70th minute, Gabriel fired in a first-time shot but Vishal Kaith made a good reactive save, to be called into action again to pull off a double save.
Mumbai head coach Des Buckingham brought in Ygor Catatau for Angulo in search of that elusive goal, but that came from an unlikely source in the 86th minute.
Bheke scored his first goal for the club, nodding in a Jahouh free-kick past Kaith who tried hard but saw the ball cushion into the back of the net.
Ariel Borysiuk fired a rocket from around 40 yards in the 89th minute but the ball went just over the bar as Chennaiyin lost their first game of the season.

ISL: Stewart hat-trick helps Jamshedpur defeat Odisha

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Greg Stewart sharpened his pedigree as one of the best players in the league this season with a spectacular first-half hattrick as Jamshedpur FC rode his heroics to breeze past Odisha FC and climb to second in the points table, in the Indian Super League 2021-22 season at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Tuesday.
Stewart scored three very different yet stunning goals in the 4th, 21st and 35th minutes to crown Peter Hartley’s effort in the 3rd minute as the ‘away’ side made Odisha look ordinary despite this being their best start to the season. The result means Jamshedpur leapfrog from fifth to second in the points table with 11 points from six games. Odisha is in fourth position having nine points from five games.
Odisha was rocked inside the first four minutes. Peter Hartley got The Men of Steel going with the first goal, turning in a delightful Stewart corner into the right bottom corner, out jumping Vinit Rai after winning the flag-kick himself.
One minute later, Stewart made it 2-0 pouncing on a mistake from the Odisha defence and outfoxing Paul Ramfangzuava to then shimmy his way past another defender and let loose a right-footed effort that cannoned past Kamaljit Singh and into the top right corner.
The 31-year old Stewart, who won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers before his move to Jamshedpur, unleashed a stunning free-kick from 30 yards that curled in a left-footer from around the wall to bend in past a diving Kamaljit.
Stewart was in the form of his life, netting his hattrick in the 35th minute after he strode past a few defenders and fired past the keeper at the far post.
The only downside in a perfect half for Owen Coyle’s men was the injury to Alexandre Lima who beat a charging defender to shoot straight at the keeper but injured himself in the process.
The second half could not match up to the sizzling first period as Odisha players tried to create chances and open their goal account and narrow down the margin.
The Kiko Ramirez-coached side rang in the change bringing the likes of Nikhil Raj and Liridon Krasniqi to change their fortunes but in the end, it proved to be a horror night for them and one that found them wanting in defence and lack of ideas when struck by a Greg Stewart blitzkrieg.

ISL: Jonathas Cristian strikes as Odisha edge NorthEast to close gap on Mumbai City

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Jonathas Cristian scored a second-half goal to help Odisha FC jump to second place in the points table with a 1-0 win over NorthEast United FC in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Friday.
Odisha now have nine points from four matches, three behind league leaders Mumbai City FC who have 12 points from five games. NorthEast, meanwhile, dropped to ninth with four points from five games. NorthEast United started on the front foot with Deshorn Brown dribbling past two defenders early on and firing wide from an acute angle.
It was all about the Highlanders in the opening exchanges barring an Aridai Suarez curler that skimmed the crossbar and went out.
Brown was at it again as he tried to dance past a few Odisha defenders after goalkeeper Mirshad Michu found him with a long ball, only for the home side to avert the danger.
Five minutes to halftime, the brilliant Brown left Odisha defenders in his wake with a buccaneering run into the box but his effort was off target as he took one touch too many.
In the second period, Odisha scuffed a golden opportunity to draw first blood when Javier Hernandez headed wide of the target after being fed by a lovely through ball from Aridai.
Frenchman Mathias Coureur then failed to make the most of a free header, nodding wide from close range.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 81st minute when two substitutes Thoiba Singh and Jonathas combined for a well-drilled goal.
Thoiba, who came in place of Isaac Chhakchhuak in the 62nd minute, did well to cross for Jonathas whose drop header left a diving Mirshad with no chance. Liridon Krasniqi had made way for Jonathas in the 62nd minute.
In the dying exchanges, NorthEast tried hard to draw level but Odisha kept them at bay and ensured they keep their good run going.

Mumbai City FC defeat Jamshedpur in six goal thriller to remain on top

Fatorda (Goa) [India]: Mumbai City FC consolidated their lead at the top of the table with a 4-2 win over Jamshedpur FC in a rip-roaring 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) encounter that ebbed and flowed from start to finish, at the PNJ Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday.
Cassio Gabriel (3rd), Bipin Singh (17th) Igor Angulo (24th) and substitute Ygor Catatau (70th) were on the scoresheet for Mumbai who now are four points clear at the top with 12 points from five matches. Komal Thatal (48th) and Eli Sabia (55th) found the back of the net for Jamshedpur who remain in second place, having eight points from five games. It was the home team all the way from the first whistle, nodding ahead in the third minute through the extremely skilful Gabriel.
Ahmed Jahouh’s short corner was played in the path of Gabriel just outside the box, with the Brazilian curling the ball home from the edge of the box.
Two minutes later, Jamshedpur nearly got the leveller but Greg Stewart found the keeper after doing all the spadework to outfox Rahul Bheke and take a swipe at goal.
There was no stopping Mumbai though as the defending champions doubled their lead in the 17th minute. A good spell of passing football set Gabriel free on the right side. The 29-year old beat Eli Sabia with pace to enter the box, sending across a delectable cross for an unmarked Bipin to tap in.
Seven minutes later, Mumbai made it 3-0 sending a strong message to the other teams in the league that their shock defeat to Hyderabad FC was probably a one-off.
This time it was all about Angulo’s brilliance although Gabriel was in the forefront again with a perfectly weighted pass. Angulo, 37, left Eli Sabia for dead with his first touch to turn and rifle home a scorching left-footer that whizzed past T.P. Rehenesh. The Islander lead by a mammoth 3-0 margin at halftime.
Jamshedpur turned on the heat after the break, scoring twice in the space of seven minutes. First, Stewart found Thatal in space with the latter cutting into his right and unleashing a powerful shot that deflected off a defender to wrong-foot Mohammad Nawaz under the Mumbai City FC bar.
Eli Sabia atoned for his mistakes in the first period with a second, a few minutes later when the 33-year old leapt high to nod into an empty net, making the most of a defensive error from Bheke.
Angulo made way for Catatau in the 68th minute and the Brazilian made an instant impact with a smashing finish from close.
Jamshedpur threw in the towel at the end and pushed Mumbai to the brink but it was too little too late as the Owen Coyle-coached side succumbed to their first loss of the season.

ISL: Middle table movements hinge on crucial NorthEast, Odisha FC tie

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Odisha FC will look to get back to winning ways and close the gap at the top of the table when they take on NorthEast United FC in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Friday.
Odisha, who finished rock-bottom last season, got off to a flying start this time with two wins in two games. But their dream run came to an abrupt half when they lost to Kerala Blasters 1-2 in their last outing. Placed fifth in the points table with six points from three games, the Kiko Ramirez-coached side have all to play for on the morrow as a win will catapult them back among the top four teams.
Ramirez said that it was a hard week for his team as few players have muscle injuries.
“There is a small gap between matches so players are having muscle injuries so it was a hard week,” he said in the pre-match press conference as per ISL.
On NorthEast United, he added: “They are a good side. They defend in a compact way. They can put us in trouble. We have prepared well for the match.”
Jonathas Cristian was not available in the last game. Asked about his status, Ramirez said: “He is improving. He is coming to training. But we need to wait till the last minute to take a call on him.”
NorthEast United, meanwhile, rode on goals from Rochharzela and Khassa Camara to log their first three points of the season. The Highlanders have four points from four matches and are placed eighth in the points table.
Camara scored in the dying minutes of the match to hand his side a win against FC Goa and the manner of the victory should boost the team’s morale.
“It is very important for us, the game against Odisha. They are a tough opponent and have played well in the first three matches,” NorthEast United FC coach Khalid Jamil said. “We have to be alert and we can’t take the game lightly,” he added.
Asked about NorthEast United’s defence against Odisha’s defence, Jamil said: “We have to be alert as I said. They will come hard at us and we have to be on our toes.”
NorthEast United will miss the services of Federico Gallego who has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to an injury he picked up in the match against Chennaiyin last week. The Uruguayan had played an influential role in NorthEast United’s runs to the semi-finals in the past.
Jamil remained coy when asked about an update on a foreign player replacement. “Our focus is on the next game,” he signed off.

ISL: FC Goa edge SC East Bengal to register first win of season

Panaji [Goa]: FC Goa’s woeful start to the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season came to an end as they defeated SC East Bengal 4-3 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Tuesday.
This was the Gaurs’ first win of the season while the Red and Gold Brigade continue to be bottom dwellers with no win as yet. Fourteen minutes into the match, Alberto Noguera (14′) scored his first goal of the season with a long-range screamer and gave the Gaurs an early lead. Antonio Perosevic (26′) went a step better and scored a sensational equaliser with a half-volley from a similar distance. The attempt hit the right-sided post and deflected inside the net, giving Dheeraj Singh no chance.
Saviour Gama and Seriton Fernandes both received yellow cards in the first half for poor challenges. Jorge Ortiz (32′) then regained the lead for his team by opening his account for the season from the penalty spot after Seriton was fouled inside the box.
Amir Dervisevic (37′) equalised the second time for the Red & Gold Brigade from a free-kick which caught the goalkeeper off-guard. Antonio Perosevic’s own-goal (44′) handed the lead to the opposition for the third time following Devendra Murgaonkar’s header deflecting into the net after hitting the Croatian.
The second half started on a much slower pace until Perosevic (59′) found the back of the net yet again. He scored from a one-on-one situation following an unforced error from Glan Martins which provided the striker with time and room to pick his target. Adil Khan received a yellow card after the hour mark who came on as a substitute at halftime.
Noguera (79′) scored FC Goa’s fourth and bagged his brace after latching on to a low cross from Ortiz. The Spaniard collected the ball in his stride and placed it towards the left side of the advancing goalkeeper. Raju Gaikwad then received a yellow card as well late into the game.
The fourth goal was enough to be the difference-maker as Juan Ferrando’s men held on to the one-goal lead to record their first win of the season. The defeat means that Manolo Diaz’s men are the only team yet to win their first match of the campaign.
FC Goa is up against Bengaluru FC in their next fixture at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday whereas SC East Bengal will face an in-form Kerala Blasters FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday.

ISL: FC Goa, SC East Bengal eye first win of campaign

Panaji [Goa]: SC East Bengal and FC Goa will have their eyes locked on that elusive first win when the two sides cross swords in a bottom-table clash in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Tuesday.
SC East Bengal, who will play their fifth straight game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, their ‘home’ this season too, eked out a point against Chennaiyin FC in their last outing. The red and gold outfit showed grit in a 0-0 draw, with the likes of Hira Mondal, Md Rafique, Suvam Sen and Tomislav Mrcela making their presence felt.
The Jose Manuel Diaz-coached team have two points from four matches. But against FC Goa, the century-old club will fancy their chances.
Juan Ferrando’s FC Goa are yet to win a game after three games, suffering a last-ditch heartbreak against NorthEast United FC.
The reigning Durand Cup champions had almost ensured a point after the match leaned towards a draw in the end, but to their misfortune, Khassa Camara scored a stunner in stoppage time to snatch all three points on offer.
SC East Bengal will look to heap more misery on their rivals with the likes of Daniel Chima Chukwu and Antonio Perosevic likely to partner upfront with Semboi Haokip also adding to Diaz’s options.
“It’s a good start for improving our level. We could have won the match and we hope that we win a match in the near future,” coach Diaz said after the match against Chennaiyin.
FC Goa, meanwhile, have not clicked as a unit despite having in their ranks proven quality like Edu Bedia, Glan Martins and Jorge Ortiz. Airam Cabrera has been impressive too but the backline has looked out-of-sorts.
Head Coach Juan Ferrando suggested there would be light at the end of the tunnel. “It is difficult for the dressing room atmosphere and the players to digest the results after they have put in the hard work. However, we need to brush it aside and concentrate on getting all three points in the next game”
“The most important thing will be the psychology of the players to finish off games. I know SC East Bengal will be ready to pounce upon every mistake we make but for us, our biggest opposition is not the team in front, it is FC Goa itself, we have to overcome that and hope for results,” said the 40-year-old Spaniard.

ISL: Odisha defeat Bengaluru to get among winning ways

Vasco (Goa) [India]: Two early goals in either half and a clean late strike ensured Odisha FC register a comfortable 3-1 win over Bengaluru FC, here in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Wednesday. Interestingly, this is the first time Odisha FC has beaten the Blues in the ISL.
It was Javi Hernandez (3′, 51′) who led the charge for Odisha with a brace. While he rode some luck for his first goal, the second was nothing short of breathtaking from just outside the box. Alan Costa (21′) scored one for Bengaluru as Sunil Chhetri failed to convert a penalty kick. Aridai Suarez (90 + 4′) sealed the deal for Odisha with a sublime goal adding more sheen to the win. Bengaluru left Cleiton Silva on the bench while young Roshan Singh was given a runout at right back. Odisha lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Kiko Ramirez’s Spanish influence evident.
It was a horrible start for India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who ventured out of his box in an attempt to clear a long punt from his counterpart Kamaljit Singh. A comedy of errors ensued as his mistimed clearance fell right for Javi Hernandez who lobbed the ball over the keeper and defenders into the net for Odisha to draw first blood.
Shell-shocked Bengaluru was still picking up the pieces after the opener when Jonathas, Odisha’s high-profile signing in the summer found Nandhakumar Sekar with a one-two but the latter squandered the opportunity with a tame shot in the 12th minute.
Odisha captain Hector Rodas had nodded the ball out for a corner kick which Roshan swung in from his left foot. Brazilian defender Alan Costa made use of his towering physique to rise the highest and head the ball into the net for the equaliser.
The former champions looked comfortable after their goal as the Odisha defence, led by Rodas was tested on multiple occasions before halftime but remained unscathed.
Five minutes into the second half, Jonathas was brought down by Udanta Singh on the edge of the box. Javi’s left foot freekick left the entire Bengaluru wall for dead, as the Bhubaneswar side restored the lead.
Cleiton Silva was called upon and won a penalty at the hour mark. Sunil Chhetri stepped up only to be denied by the keeper but the follow-through, which was netted by Cleiton, was disallowed as he encroached the box before the shot was taken.
Bengaluru kept on pressing for an equaliser but that was not to be. Striker Prince Ibarra sliced a cross from Alan Costa over the bar as Sunil Chhetri struggled to mark his presence in the Odisha box.
It was then Spanish Aridai Suarez who piled on more misery on the Blues in the final minutes of the match with clinical strides and a deft touch to find the back of the net to seal the match for Odisha FC.
Odisha, who finished bottom last season start their campaign with an encouraging victory while Bengaluru, who have three points from two games, would like to go to the drawing board and focus on their defence.

ISL: Chennaiyin FC register win over Hyderabad FC

Panaji (Goa) [India]: In a game of determination to last the longest, Chennaiyin FC pulled off a hard-fought 1-0 win over Hyderabad FC, here in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Tuesday.
Vlagyimir Koman (66′ P) scored from the spot to give Chennaiyin a crucial lead, ultimately sealing all three points as Hyderabad were left to rue their wastefulness in front of goal, especially in the first half. Hyderabad, whose average age of its Indian players in the lineup was just 24, was dealt a major blow early on with Halicharan Narzary limping off in under 10 minutes.
That did not deter their resolve to stamp their impression as former ATK Mohun Bagan man Edu Garcia’s shot was cleared away in a hurry but Bartholomew Ogbeche could not follow through.
Chennaiyin had goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to thank for keeping the former champions in the game. The Himachal Pradesh-born was tested a few times but he emerged unscathed.
Hyderabad were in fact wasteful in the opportunities the brittle Chennaiyin defence gave them. Ogbeche missed more than handy chances but substitute Nikhil Poojary’s work-rate near the box only gained him new admirers.
Kyrgyz playmaker Mirlan Murzaev almost gave Chennaiyin a glimmer of hope late in the first half, but his header went off-target from a darting cross in by Reagan Singh.
Chennaiyin carried over the momentum post the break. Mirlan Murzaev and Lallianzuala Chhangte proved hard to contain. Chhangte arguably had the best chance of the night when he beat Akash Mishra on the run, cut in and shot hard, only to be tipped off by Kaith.
New captain Anirudh Thapa then made it count for his side winning a penalty as he was brought down by Hitesh Sharma inside the box.
Former AS Monaco man Vlagyimir Koman stepped up to deliver a powerful piledriver that gave goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani no chance, breaking the deadlock with little over 20 minutes to play.
Chennaiyin led against the run of play leaving Manolo Marquez to make four changes at a go. Joel Chianese, Javi Siverio, Sahil Tavora and young striker Rohit Danu were introduced in the 77th minute.
However, there wasn’t to be another goal as Hyderabad will look for answers ahead of their big game against defending champions Mumbai City next.

Anirudh Thapa to lead Chennaiyin FC

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Indian mid-fielder Anirudh Thapa will lead Chennaiyin FC in the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season.
The eighth edition of the ISL is all set to kick start from November 19, with the first clash between ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala Blasters at the Fatroda stadium. Speaking on his appointment as the new captain, Anirudh Thapa said, “I think not much has changed for me after being appointed the captain. I have been here for six years now and so it’s not hard to understand what the club wants. They want to win. And so do I. But as captain, there is an added responsibility.”
“To grow up a little bit faster. I will still be a boy who loves football but I will also ensure that the team stays together on and off the field. And I will always protect my team and my players,” he added.
Anirudh has been a part of the Chennaiyin FC since 2016 and has taken them two ISL titles.
Chennaiyin FC will take on Hyderabad FC in their opening encounter on November 23 at the GMC Athletic Stadium.

ISL: East Bengal snap up Croatia forward Perosevic

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: SC East Bengal on Thursday added teeth to their attack by acquiring the services of Croatia forward Antonio Perosevic on a one-year deal that will keep him at the club till the end of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season.
Perosevic joins SC East Bengal from Hungarian top division club Ujpest FC, starting 13 games for them last season. The 29-year old who can also play on the wing becomes Manuel ‘Manolo’ Diaz’s sixth and final foreign signing for the season. Slovenian midfielder Amir Dervisevic, Australian defender Tomislav Mrcela, Croatian centre-back Franjo Prce, Nigerian striker Daniel Chima Chukwu and Dutch utility player Darren Sidoel are the other five overseas recruits.
“India is an amazing country and I have heard a lot about how passionate people are about football here. Especially, SC East Bengal and its fan base are much talked about. I have read up on them and I can’t wait to pull on the red and gold shirt,” said Perosevic after putting pen-to-paper for SC East Bengal.
Perosevic has represented the Croatian senior national team in 2017, being capped twice. “I will look to help the team in whatever way I can and maintain the team spirit. I know the history attached to this club and I will do my best to uphold its legacy,” he added.
Perosevic started playing for the youth team of his hometown club Osijek in 2010. He made his senior team debut as a late substitute in a 2-0 win against Cibalia in the last round of 2009-10 season. Perosevic finished as Osijek’s top league goalscorer with seven goals in the 2011-12 season.
Perosevic moved abroad after a successful spell at Osijek, turning out for Hungarian club Puskas Akademia in 2017 before moving to Al-Ittihad Kalba SC in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on loan the following season.
“I have had a good conversation with the management and I am really looking forward to the new adventure. I am looking forward to meeting the coaching staff and all my teammates. I have also heard about the big derby against ATK Mohun Bagan, and that kind of games further motivates a player,” Perosevic told the SC East Bengal website.
The Red-And-Gold Brigade will face Jamshedpur FC in their opening game of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season, on November 21, at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.

ISL club Bengaluru FC to enter into women’s football with trials on September 25

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], September 17 : Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC, on Friday, announced their plans to start under-11, under-13, and under-15 girls teams this season, marking their entry into women’s football. The selection trials for the same are scheduled to be held at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Ashok Nagar, on September 25.
“We have had the discussions at the club about getting into women’s football for a while now, and we would have made this move a year earlier if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, there are a lot of competitions for the girls to take part in, and the Karnataka State Football Association has also taken steps in this respect by having the Super Division and the A Division running. There are a lot of communities too that are conducting competitions that our girls can participate in, and that will help in the all-round development of the players,” said BFC CEO Mandar Tamhane to the club media. The club will start with age-group women’s teams this year, with the senior team expected to take shape in due course.
“It was a conscious decision to start with the under-11, under-13 and under-15 teams, because we want to make sure that we build this on the right foundations. The upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup will create a lot more awareness about the women’s game, and the All India Football Federation is also doing a lot to promote the sport in this regard. This is just the start, and we will slowly climb up the ladder and have a women’s team playing in the top division soon,” Mandar added.
Speaking about the club’s latest decision, Sunil Chhetri, the skipper of the men’s senior team, said, “Everyone at the club is very happy at the news of Bengaluru FC starting its women’s team, and as the captain, I am very excited about this development. It’s something we’ve spoken about in the past, but wanted to do at the right time and in the right manner. This is the start of something special.”

ISL 8: ATK Mohun Bagan to play Kerala Blasters in opener on Nov 19

Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) on Monday announced fixtures for the first 11 rounds of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season.

Mumbai [India], September 13 : Bringing back four months of power-packed live Indian football action to the millennials, the season once again returns to Goa’s three iconic stadiums this winter, featuring 115 games starting November 19. The first installment of the schedule announced runs until January 9. Having missed a record title run by a whisker, last season’s finalist ATK Mohun Bagan will square-off with Kerala Blasters FC on the opening game night to commence another intense campaign. SC East Bengal gets to start their run into the competition on November 21 against Jamshedpur FC.
The league, this season will introduce a late 9:30 pm kick off for its Saturday double headers. The regular weekday schedule remains unchanged with matches kicking off at 7:30 pm.
Title-holders Mumbai City FC would test a renewed FC Goa resilience as early as November 22, in one of the most high-octane rivalries emerging in the league.
The first installment of India’s premier derby SC East Bengal versus ATK Mohun Bagan will be played out as early as in the second round of the season on November 27. Remainder of the Hero ISL 2020-21 fixtures will be announced in December.

ISL golden glove winner Arindam Bhattacharya joins SC East Bengal

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Ace goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya will provide his reassuring presence under the bar for SC East Bengal after putting pen-to-paper on a one-year deal, the club announced on Monday.
Arindam was the bedrock of ATK Mohun Bagan’s success last season, helping the Mainers reach the Indian Super League final where they lost to Mumbai City FC. The 32-year old custodian pipped Mumbai City’s Amrinder Singh to win the Golden Glove award for the 2020-21 season, keeping as many as 10 clean sheets and making 59 saves. “I am glad to be here. I can’t wait for the season to start. I want to win as many games as possible for SC East Bengal, and keep as many clean sheets as possible,” said Arindam after completing formalities. “I will also try and keep the dressing room very tight and together. That’s how you win trophies and that’s what I will try and do in this team.”
Arindam revealed his family members are East Bengal supporters and it was a no-brainer when the opportunity came his way. “I got a lot of messages, saying ‘dada (elder brother)’ don’t leave Kolkata. To be honest, that motivated me a lot and that is one of the reasons (for me joining East Bengal). “At home, my father and my grandfather are East Bengal supporters. I have never played for East Bengal in my entire career spanning 16 years. So when the opportunity came along this time, I grabbed it with both hands.” “We all know the legacy of this club and I will put my best foot forward every day to keep the red and gold flag flying high,” added Arindam, who stands at 6’2″.
A teenaged Arindam made news in Indian football more than a decade and a half ago during the Subroto Cup in Delhi, turning heads with his height and ice-cool temperament. He soon earned a place at Tata Football Academy (TFA) followed by a stint with the India Under-19 team.
At the club level, Arindam has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell, kick-starting his collection with Churchill Brothers where he played a key role in the Red Machines winning their first I-League in 2009. Arindam had a stint with Mohun Bagan AC during the 2012-13 season before returning to Churchill and proving to be a vital cog in their wheel as they clinched the Federation Cup in 2014. Arindam was on FC Pune City’s books from 2014 to 2017 before switching to Mumbai City FC for the 2017-18 season. He joined ATK FC before the 2018-19 campaign, winning the ISL trophy with them in the 2019-20 season.
Rated as one of the finest keepers in the country, Arindam is not only light on his feet but has a great sense of positioning with a natural ability to guard the lower portions around his posts. With an impressive save percentage of 72.85 last season, Arindam has evolved with time to not only stick to being a shot-stopper but also work on his distribution.
SC East Bengal, coached by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, took part in their maiden ISL campaign last time, finishing in ninth place.

Mirlan Murzaev to bolster attack of Chennaiyin FC

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC (CFC) on Sunday signed Mirlan Murzaev on a one-year deal.
The forward becomes the first Kyrgyz player to feature in India’s premier football league. The six-foot-tall striker is the second international recruit for the Chennai-based franchise ahead of the 2021-22 season. The addition of Mirlan will bolster CFC’s frontline with Jobby Justin and Rahim Ali already part of the fray.
“I’m just very very happy to join Chennaiyin FC. I can’t wait for the training, and season to start. I look forward to representing all the fans from Tamil Nadu,” the 31-year-old said in an official release.
An experienced campaigner, Mirlan is currently the top goal-scorer for Kyrgyzstan and also the second most capped player with 48 international appearances. Mirlan had struck a hattrick last month against Myanmar during Kyrgyzstan’s 8-1 victory in the qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In 2009, Mirlan had visited India during the Nehru Cup in New Delhi and also scored a goal against the hosts. His second goal against India came in Kyrgyzstan’s 2-1 win in Bishkek in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualification match.
With more than a decade-long experience, Mirlan will be eager to make his mark during his maiden ISL outing and contribute to CFC’s chase for their third league title.
“My thoughts on signing Mirlan are very simple. Two words in fact. Quality. Personality,” CFC’s head coach Bozidar Bandovic said.
Mirlan began his professional career with one of Kyrgyzstan’s top clubs — FK Dordoi Bishkek — during 2007-08 and went onto play for clubs like Lokomotiv Moscow II, Denizlispor, and FK Kara-Balta.
On his return to Dordoi in 2019-20, Mirlan emerged as the top scorer with 10 goals from 13 games and guided the club to the league title. Mirlan has so far featured in 43 matches for Dordoi which includes 21 goals and 10 assists.

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