ISL: Indian Players rising to the occasion

The Indian Super League started with the promise of uplifting Indian Football out of its slump and enable world’s most popular sport to capture the imagination of 1.2 billion people. Indian’s left their mark throughout the inaugural season, starting with the first Indian goal by Balwant Singh in the 5th Match to the moment when Mohammed Rafique scored the winning goal in the finale, a fitting tribute to the Indian footballing talent. Expectations were higher from the Indian contingent in the 2nd season, but no-one could have anticipated this dream start with an Indian player scoring a goal in each of the first 5 matches, looks like ISL has started delivering on its promise. In this post, we celebrate all the Indian goal scores of ISL 2015.

1. Chennaiyin FC v/s Atletico de Kolkata – Jeje Lalpekhlua, the 24 years old from Mizoram, earned the distinction of being the first Indian goal scorer in ISL 2015 when he scored an equalizer for Chennaiyin FC against the defending champions

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2. FC Goa v/s Delhi Dynamos FC – Mandar Rao Dessai, the local lad for FC Goa who had quite a few assists last season but couldn’t get on the scoring sheet scored the first goal for the Zico managed side in the opening minutes of the match which helped ‘The Gaurs’ win the contest

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3. FC Pune City v/s Mumbai City FC – Israil Gurung, Pune’s winger scored the third goal after Tuncay’s brace in the high octane Maha Derby to seal the victory for his side.

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4. Kerala Blasters FC v/s NorthEast United FC – Mohd. Rafi, scored a goal and assisted another on his debut for Kerala Blasters and led his side to a 3-1 victory in front of a capacity crowd at Kochi

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5. FC Goa v/s Atletico de Kolkata- Keenan Almeida, a home-grown defender for Goa, scored the levelling goal in the dying moments of the match against Atletico de Kolkata which helped the Goan side to salvage a draw

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Few in today’s generation would be aware of the glorious past of Indian Football during which India won two Asian Games gold medals in 1951 and 1962, ISL is an initiative to restore this lost glory and hopefully it would pay rich dividends in the near future, till then, Lets Football!

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