A further three games of Matchday 1 were played out over last weekend with the first one on Friday ending in another goalless draw, this time for NorthEast United and Jamshedpur.
Not altogether surprising as NorthEast United rarely win away fixtures. However they dominated and dictated the proceedings throughout the 90 minutes of the game.
Speaking after the match, NorthEast manager Joao De Deus said: “It’s not an ideal result for us. We are not happy with the score but happy with the performance.”
After the first two matches of season four ended in a goalless draw, fans witnessed the first result on Sunday after FC Goa defeated Chennaiyin FC 3-2 to open their campaign at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The first goal of the new season was scored in the 25th minute through Ferran Corominas and within 14 minutes two more had been added to Goa’s tally.
Manuel Lanzarote’s goal in the 29th minute came after a excellent move between Mandar Rao Dessai and Corominas, that led to a wonderful pass to Lanzarote, who did the rest. Desai scored the third with an easy chance.
Chennaiyin reduced the margin, through Spaniard Inigo Calderon in the 70th minute and pulled another back in the 83rd minute, after winning a penalty as the ‘keeper and Jeje Lalpekhlua went for the ball and the latter was brought down. Raphael Augusto made no mistake from the spot.
Sunday’s other match was between Bengaluru and Mumbai and ended with a 2-0 scoreline at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
Bengaluru have won the I-league on two occasions but this was their maiden game of the Indian Super League. Spaniard Eduardo Martin Garcia scored in the 67th minute. Skipper Sunil Chhetri, who was shown a yellow card in the second half for showboating in order to get a penalty was also on target during the dying moments of the game.
Meanwhile after their initial match was postponed, Pune City and Delhi Dynamos’ game ended with a 2-3 scoreline on Wednesday at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.