13 goals were scored by 13 different scorers in the past week.

Gameweek16 of ISL 2022-23 again proved to be a high-scoring set of fixtures. Bengaluru put up a clinical performance at the Furnace to beat Jamshedpur 3-0. Leaders Mumbai City breezed past NorthEast United 4-0. Hyderabad compounded East Bengal’s misery with a 2-0 win at the Salt Lake Stadium, Chennaiyin and ATK Mohun Bagan played out a goalless draw and Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 in a huge victory, boosting their playoff chances massively.

The five fixtures provided us with 13 goals from 13 different scorers. Mumbai continue their unbeaten start to the league, and Hyderabad have picked up the pace and are unbeaten in five games now. Both the leading teams have qualified for the playoffs, but the race for the remaining spots is heating up. Kerala’s back-to-back losses have dented their momentum, while ATK Mohun Bagan, Goa, and Odisha have Bengaluru and Chennaiyin breathing down their necks. Bengaluru leapfrogged Chennaiyin to seventh, but have played a game more than the Marina Machans and Odisha, who are placed sixth. Three straight defeats have derailed East Bengal’s playoffs push completely now.

Let’s take a look at the top five performers from ISL 2022-23 Gameweek 16:

5. Javier Siverio (Hyderabad FC)

Javier Siverio celebrating his goal against East Bengal. (Courtesy: ISL Media)

Siverio was a livewire against East Bengal. He got on the end of Borja Herrera’s cross and nodded in a spectacular header across goal to break the deadlock. He forced a couple of good saves from keeper Kamaljit Singh and created four chances during his stay.

4. Vishal Kaith (ATK Mohun Bagan)

The keeper had a busy outing in goal, facing six shots and saving all of of them to help ATK Mohun Bagan blunt Chennaiyin’s charge. Kaith was up to the task whenever called upon, the pick of his saves involved pushing Edwin Vanspaul’s curler wide at full-stretch. Notably, this is Kaith’s first consecutive appearance in the top five performers list.

3. Noah Sadaoui (FC Goa)

Noah Sadaoui putting the ball past Kerala Blasters goalie Prabhsukhan Gill to earn his side’s second goal of the night. (Courtesy: ISL Media)

Noah helped Goa snap a four-match winless streak. He was a menace down the left with his direct dribbling and crosses from the byline. He doubled Goa’s lead with a smart finish to the far corner. The Moroccan put in five crosses in total, and his defensive work rate resulted in two successful tackles.  

2. Sandesh Jhingan (Bengaluru FC)

Jhingan put up a metronomic performance to help the Blues to their fourth clean-sheet of the season. He managed 14 clearances, two successful tackles, and blocked four goal-bound shots. He was alert to everything Jamshedpur threw at him, both from open-play and set pieces.

1. Jorge Pereyra Diaz (Mumbai City)

Jorge Pereyra Diaz celebrating his goal with his teammates. (Courtesy: ISL Media)

The Islanders look unstoppable, and Pereyra Diaz’s rich vein of form sees him top the goal-scoring charts along with Cleiton Silva with nine goals. The Argentine has already provided six assists in the ISL 2022-23 season, and is one behind his teammate Greg Stewart. Against NorthEast, Diaz added the second goal for his side, as he made a late run into the box and slid the finish past Mirshad Michu, after receiving Lallianzuala Chhangte’s pass.

He also got the assist for Vinit Rai’s long-range effort. Despite missing a late penalty, Diaz was a constant danger in front of goal with his tricks and flicks and went on to create three chances throughout.

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