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Young Indian players headline ISL Team of the Week for GW 3

Published at :October 26, 2022 at 1:00 AM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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The line-up also features regular stars like Greg Stewart and Bartholomew Ogbeche.

The third gameweek of the ISL 2022-23 saw the much-awaited return to home turfs for Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC. Other than FC Goa, ATK Mohun Bagan and Jamshedpur FC, all the other teams have now played three games this season, leading to some movement in the league standings.

Defending champions Hyderabad FC top the rankings with seven points after three games. FC Goa closely follow them with Odisha FC, Mumbai City, Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC following them in playoff qualification spots. The Gaurs are the only side with a 100% record so far in ISL 2022-23. NorthEast United's torrid start has continued and they are at the bottom. The Highlanders have lost all three of their games this season and face unrest in the squad. They along with Jamshedpur are the only two sides that are winless this season.

As teams and fans take a break to celebrate the festival of lights, there were plenty of players who lit up the action on the pitch. A few of these players have made it to our Team of the Week. Let's take a look at Khel Now's TOTW for ISL 2022-23's Gameweek 3.

Goalkeeper: Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (FC Goa)

Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem stands tall to deny CFC attackers a chance to score. (Courtesy: ISL Media)

The FC Goa keeper was at his impregnable best and was the key reason for FC Goa's 0-2 win against Chennaiyin FC. The keeper had to go off at the hour mark against the Marina Machans following a head injury. But during his time on the pitch, Dheeraj made seven saves - including a miraculous double save to keep a clean sheet. Hopefully, his injury isn't serious and fans can continue to see Dheeraj at his best on the pitch for the Gaurs.

Right-Back: Sarthak Golui (East Bengal)

The East Bengal right-back was a key part of his side's first win in 10 ISL games. Golui put in a complete performance at right-back and had the most touches by any East Bengal player on the night. He created two chances, completed 75% of his passes and put in one cross.

Defensively, he won three tackles, made nine clearances and one interception as well as blocked two shots. What is even more impressive is that, despite all this defensive work, Golui didn't commit a single foul. He single-handedly led his defence to a memorable win.

Centre-Back: Lalchungnunga (East Bengal)

Lalchungnunga formed an able partnership on the right (side of defence) with Sarthak Golui as the duo kept the NorthEast United attackers at bay. The Mizoram defender made a whopping 14 clearances on the night. He also won his only attempted tackle, made three interceptions and blocked two shots. He was an impregnable force at the back for East Bengal. Although, he didn't do a lot on the ball, he completed 60% passes against the Highlanders.

Centre-Back: Odei Onaindia (Hyderabad FC)

The experienced Spaniard helped Hyderabad FC overcome Bengaluru FC in a tight contest. He completed one cross and 74% of his passes on the night. He also made two interceptions. Most importantly, Onaindia's positioning always ensured that he kept the angles tight for Bengaluru FC forwards and helped Hyderabad FC to a clean sheet against Sunil Chhetri and Co.

Left-Back: Akash Mishra (Hyderabad FC)

Akash Mishra in a 1v1 situation with BFC's Jayesh Rane. (Courtesy: ISL Media)

The Hyderabad FC left-back features alongside his defensive partner. Mishra was once again a force at both ends of the pitch for the Nizams in their win against Bengaluru FC. Akash Mishra had the third most number of touches among Hyderabad FC players. He completed 62% of his passes and also delivered two crosses. Mishra also registered a shot on target as he contributed to Hyderabad's clean sheet and win in their first home game in two years.

Central Midfielder: Isaac Vanmalsawma (Odisha FC)

Isaac Vanmalsawma put in a solid performance in midfield in Odisha FC's famous win against Kerala Blasters. Playing at the Kalinga Stadium for the first time in two years, the Mizoram midfielder completed a cross, two corners as well as 68% of his passes. He also created two chances on the night. Isaac won two of his four attempted tackles to nip Kerala Blasters' attacks in the bud.

Central Midfielder: Mohammad Yasir (Hyderabad FC)

Mohammad Yasir was one of the top performers for Hyderabad FC in their 1-0 win against Bengaluru FC. The midfielder created four chances and put in three crosses on the night. The quality of his crosses should have resulted in more goals if not for some shoddy work in the box. He finished 65% of his passes and defensively, won one tackle and made two interceptions against the Blues. Yasir caused a lot of problems for Bengaluru's defence with his movement and dribbling ability.

ISL 2022-23 Team of the Week

Right Winger: Jerry Mawihmingthanga (Odisha FC)

Jerry led Odisha FC's comeback in the second half with the equalizer in the 54th minute. The winger contributed all around the park for his side. He won both his attempted tackles and completed 57% of his passes. He also created three chances and delivered three crosses. The winger put two of his three shots on target (including the goal) to lead his side to a famous victory against the Blasters.

Attacking Midfielder: Greg Stewart (Mumbai City)

The 2021-22 edition's Hero of the League was an all-round presence for Mumbai City against Jamshedpur FC. The Scotsman assisted Lallianzuala Chhangte for the opener and was a force to reckon. Stewart put all his attempted shots on target. He completed 91% of his passes and created five chances against his former side. Off the ball, Stewart made three clearances, making him an indispensable force against Aidy Boothroyd's men.

Left Winger: Noah Sadaoui (FC Goa)

Noah Sadaoui ran the show against Chennaiyin FC. (Courtesy: ISL Media)

The Moroccan led FC Goa's attacking charge against Chennaiyin FC and led them to victory. He had a hand in both goals, assisting the first and scoring the second. Noah Sadaoui was also reckless and greedy, creating plenty of chances. These chances would have resulted in more goals for the side.

But eventually, Noah had a hand in everything good with FC Goa's attack. He also won one tackle and made one interception on the night. He covered the most distance by any player on the pitch as well, which speaks volumes of his commitment and work-rate. Undoubtedly, the Moroccan is going to be an asset for FC Goa in ISL 2022-23.

Striker: Bartholomew Ogbeche (Hyderabad FC)

The Nigerian showed why he is the highest scorer in the league's history. Ogbeche contributed all around the park for Hyderabad FC with his hold-up play, dribbling and game awareness. He also scored the eventual winner against Bengaluru FC. Ogbeche took six shots and completed 72% of his passes. He also won a tackle and made one interception and clearance respectively, to ensure his side's win and a clean sheet in their first home game at the Gachibowli Stadium.