The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 season has kicked off in earnest with an opening ceremony celebration followed by 3 matches played over three days.
Saturday’s match was the opening game of the ISL third edition. Northeast United and Kerala Blasters faced each other in front of 27,629 fans at the Indira Gandhi Stadium. Both sides missed out on qualifying to the semi’s last year.
Katsumi Yusa scored the only goal in the 55th minute giving Northeast United a crucial 3 points, an improvement on their 3-1 loss suffered in their opening tie last season.
Sunday’s match was between reigning champions Atletico de Kolkata and former champions Chennaiyin FC which ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw in front of a 10,973 strong crowd at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.
The match started promising with both sides trying to prove their dominance, however, the opening goal wasn’t scored until the 59th minute. An unmarked Sameehg Doutie found the back of the net with a beautiful angled shot.
Jayesh Rane quickly equalised in the 66th minute followed by Hans Mulder’s goal in the 70th minute. But it was Kolkata’s Iain Hume who restored parity with the equaliser 4 minutes before the final whistle, giving the two sides an equal share of the points after a thoroughly entertaining encounter.
Monday night’s game was between Pune City and Mumbai City which ended in a 0-1 score line at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Complex Stadium in front of 8,189 fans.
Uruguayan marquee Diego Forlan setup Matias Defederico who applied the finishing touches to bag all three points for his side.
Both sides created chances in the opening half but went into the break 0-0. The sole goal of the match was scored in the 69th minute giving Mumbai the win in this Maharashtra derby.