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Three losses in a row for FC Goa and other talking points from ISL 2023-24 GW 16

Published at :February 26, 2024 at 8:38 PM
Modified at :February 26, 2024 at 8:38 PM
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Yash Pratap Singh

Jamshedpur FC earned a victory after six games in ISL 2023-24 this gameweek.

The Gameweek 16 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season brought in a lot of surprises changing the dynamics of the league table drastically. As a result, the title race and the play-offs race has got even more intense following the six matches this week.

The caravan began with a win for NorthEast United followed by victories for Jamshedpur FC, Mumbai City FC, Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters. Odisha FC and Mohun Bagan Shared spoils while FC Goa lost both their fixtures this week. 16 goals were scored across six games in Gameweek 16.

Jamshedpur FC end their six match winless run at home

JFC snatched a victory with last minute goal. (Image Source: ISL media)

The Red Miners hosted a high on confidence East Bengal on their home turf in the second match of this week. The home side dominated the first half until Nandhakumar Sekhar found the back of the net for East Bengal in the last minute of the first half and gave them a 0-1 lead at the break. 

The visitors came out stronger in the second half and were eyeing a second goal and everything was going as planned until 81st minute when Rei Tachikawa restored parity for his side. It seems as if both teams will settle for a draw, but Khalid Jamil’s side had other plans. East Bengal conceded a free kick just outside the box in the 95th minute which was executed to perfection by Jeremy Manzorro in the last minute of the game to give his side a 2-1 win.

NorthEast United win an away game after 1,568 days

ISL 2023-24: FC Goa vs NorthEast United: Report & Highlights
NEUFC shocked FC Goa this week. (Image Source: ISL media)

On a day when Manolo Marquez lost against NorthEast United for the very first time in his ISL career, the Highlanders pulled off the unthinkable and brought an end to their winless run on the road with a statement victory over FC Goa. The Highlanders won an away game after 4 years, 3 months and 15 days i.e. 1,568 days and took a crucial step in their pursuit for the top 6 this season. 

Their last away win came on November 6, 2019 after Argentine striker Maximiliano Barreiro guided them to a 1-0 win over Hyderabad FC. FC Goa threw the kitchen sink at them, but couldn’t prevent Tomi Juric and an own goal from Odei Onaindia from breaking their castle one more time this season. Moreover, this was also NorthEast United’s first ever away win against FC Goa.

Kerala Blasters end their losing streak and hand FC Goa three back-to-back loses

Kerala Blasters FC made a dramatic comeback. (Image Source: ISL media)

The Kerala Blasters pulled off a memorable second-half comeback to win all three points, despite the Gaurs’ strong start in Kochi. FC Goa had the better of the first, but the second half saw Kerala Blasters drastically alter the plot. Rowllin Borges scored the opener before Mohammad Yasir added a second goal for the Gaurs.

Kerala Blasters came out all guns blazing in the second half and pulled a goal back in Daisuke Sakai. Dimitrios Diamantakos scored two goals in quick succession within three minutes put his side in the lead before Fedor Černych scored a phenomenal goal and helped his side bring an end to their five match losing streak across all competitions.

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