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Kerala Blasters FC held their nerve in the second leg of their semi-final against Delhi Dynamos FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi to make the final of Hero Indian Super League 2016 in dramatic fashion after coming out as 3-0 winners on penalties. The match ended 2-1 in Delhi’s favour in normal time but went into extra-time and then penalties after being tied 2-2 on aggregate thanks to the Blasters’ 1-0 win in the first leg in Kochi. The tension was palpable as Kerala’s first penalty taker Josu Currais stepped up and sent his spot-kick into the top corner, giving Antonio Doblas in goal no chance of making a save. The Lions’ marquee man Florent Malouda ballooned Delhi’s first penalty into the stands. Doblas then saved Antonio German’s spot-kick to give the Dynamos a fighting chance but Bruno Pelissari missed Delhi’s second penalty as the home supporters looked on with anguish. Kervens Belfort was next up to the spot for the men in yellow and converted his spot-kick emphatically before Memo’s penalty for Delhi was saved by Kerala’s veteran goalkeeper Sandip Nandy. Mohammed Rafique then walked up to the penalty spot knowing that all he had to do was hit the back of the net and he made no mistake with a clinical finish to send Steve Coppell’s men into the final, which will be played in front of their home fans against Atlético de Kolkata on Sunday.

Atlético de Kolkata played out a 0-0 draw with Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday evening to enter the final of Hero Indian Super League 2016. Robert Lalthlamuana was sent off towards the end of the first half but Mumbai couldn't breakdown ATK's stubborn resistance as Jose Molina's men held on with 10 men to win the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Atlético de Kolkata beat Mumbai City FC 3-2 in the first leg of the first semi-final of Hero Indian Super League 2016 in front of 12,500 spectators at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata on Saturday. Lalrindika Ralte gave Kolkata the lead three minutes into the game before falling behind to a Leo Costa strike and a Gerson Vieira header in the 10th and 19th minutes respectively. Two goals in quick succession by Iain Hume re-established ATK’s leading at half-time. Neither team managed to find the back of the net in the second period, meaning Mumbai will have to overturn a 3-2 aggregate deficit on Tuesday.

Kerala Blasters FC entered the semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League 2016 after beating NorthEast United FC 1-0 in front of almost 54,000 fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday. CK Vineeth’s solitary goal in the 66th minute proved to be enough for the 2014 runners-up.

In the last league match of Hero ISL 2016, Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC will battle in Kochi to secure a semi-final berth.

FC Goa edged Chennaiyin FC 5-4 in a goal-fest at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda in front of almost 15,000 spectators on Thursday evening. It was the highest-scoring game in the history of the league as FC Goa bowed out of the 2016 Hero ISL on a high.

Delhi Dynamos FC dished out a 5-1 humbling to FC Goa in front of over 18,000 fans in their 2016 Hero Indian Super League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday evening. Fulganco Cardozo gave Goa the lead in the 31st minute but Marcelinho cancelled out his strike seven minutes later. The second half turned out to be the Marcelinho show as he scored three minutes after the restart before setting up Richard Gadze for his first goal in the 51st minute. Marcelinho completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute with Gadze bagging his brace a minute later.

Chennaiyin FC played out a dramatic 3-3 draw in Hero Indian Super League 2016 with NorthEast United FC in front of more than 25,000 spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Dudu opened the scoring in the 34th minute before Nicolas Velez equalised four minutes later. Another goal by the Nigerian made it 2-1 at the break but Velez levelled again six minutes after the restart. Dudu completed his hat-trick nine minutes from full-time but Shouvik Ghosh headed a late goal in injury-time to share the spoils.

Diego Forlan rolled back the years as he netted the first hat-trick of Hero Indian Super League 2016 to inspire Mumbai City FC to an emphatic 5-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC at the Mumbai Football Arena. Mumbai City’s marquee player was at his devastating best, scoring a three out of Mumbai’s five goals on the night. The Uruguayan legend opened the scoring with a clinical first-time finish 5 minutes into the game. He made it 2-0 before 15 minutes with a well-executed direct free-kick. The 37-year-old completed his hat-trick shortly after the hour mark with a composed left-footed finish through the goal-keeper’s legs. Two more goals from Cafu and Lucian Goian helped Alexandre Guimaraes’ men to the biggest win of the season as his team went top of the league.

Kean Lewis netted the 400th goal of Hero Indian Super League 2016 when he scored the opener during Delhi Dynamos FC’s 4-3 loss to FC Pune City in their Hero ISL 2016 encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Balewadi. Ethiopian striker Fikru scored the first goal in the history of the league against Mumbai City FC in the first ever game of India’s grandest footballing extravaganza. However, Lewis wasn’t the first domestic talent to net a milestone goal in Hero ISL. That honour goes to FC Goa’s Romeo Fernandes, who scored the 100th goal in the league against NorthEast United FC in Hero ISL 2014. Goal numbers 200 and 300 were scored in Hero ISL 2015 by Atlético de Kolkata’s Iain Hume and Goa’s Joffre respectively.

FC Pune City beat Delhi Dynamos FC 4-3 during their 2016 Hero Indian Super League encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Balewadi on Friday. Pune’s Mohamed Sissoko missed a penalty before Kean Lewis scored to give the Lions a first-half lead. A brace from Anibal Rodriguez and Sissoko made it 3-1 for the hosts before an Eduardo Ferreira own-goal made it 3-2. Goals from substitutes Lenny Rodrigues and Malsawmzuala in stoppage time saw the match end 4-3 in favour of the hosts as leaders.

CK Vineeth starred in Kerala Blasters FC’s 3-1 win against Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. The Blasters went into the break trailing Chennai 1-0 after a deflected effort from Bernard Mendy had given the Super Machans a first-half lead. Kerala equalised through substitute Didier Boris Kadio in the 66th minute, however, it was the CK Vineeth show from then on as Hero Indian Super League 2016’s second south Indian derby headed for an exhilarating climax. Vineeth first pounced on an error by Chennai custodian Duwayne Kerr in 85th minute and pulled out an acrobatic scissors kick to put his side ahead. The 28-year-old then went on to score his second of the night and third in two appearances this season four minutes later to secure maximum points as well as bragging rights.

This wasn't the first time Vineeth left it late as FC Goa can attest for after the local boy from Kerala scored in the ninth minute of injury time last time around to lay the foundation to his burgeoning reputation of Hero ISL's most lethal finisher.

Kerala Blasters FC welcome defending champions Chennaiyin FC in the second south Indian derby of Hero Indian Super League 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. The Blasters can move up the table into the top-4 with a win in front of passionate home support tomorrow. Meanwhile, Chennaiyin FC will look to move on from their demoralising 4-1 defeat to Delhi Dynamos FC in their last match. With 10 points from eight matches, they could also break into the top-4 with a victory. It’s that stage of the league when no team can’t afford to be complacent. Both Kerala and Chennai will be under additional pressure in view of their goalless draw earlier in the season.

Robin Singh and Romeo Fernandes combined to devastating effect to guide FC Goa to a 2-1 victory over NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda-Goa. Winless at home this season and trailing 1-0 with a little under half an hour to play, Romeo set up Robin for the equaliser before the Indian striker returned the favour in the dying moments as the local boy from Goa netted the winner to send the home support into a state of hysteria.

Florent Malouda produced one of the standout performances of Hero Indian Super League 2016 during Delhi Dynamos FC 4-1 win against Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. The Lions’ marquee player provided two assists and two goals in a Hero of the Match award winning performance. Malouda helped set the Dynamos on their way after his shot was parried by Chennai’s goalkeeper Karanjit Singh before being tucked in by Richard Gadze on the rebound. He scored his first goal in the Hero ISL shortly after with a controlled finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Delhi’s French talisman then set up Kean Lewis with a delightful no-look pass for his side’s third of the night before scoring his second from a corner to cap off a memorable night in the capital city.

Marcelinho lit up the festival of lights with a spectacular piece of solo play to condemn FC Goa to their fifth loss of Hero Indian Super League 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. The Brazilian attacker came off the bench to score Delhi’s first goal in their 2-0 win over Goa. It was the 50th goal of Hero ISL 2016 and was a special strike that witnessed the tricky winger control the ball brilliantly before gliding past Goa’s defence and producing an emphatic finish to give the Dynamos the lead. He also provided the assist for Delhi’s second goal, which was scored by Richard Gadze.

As the fireworks on the pitch takes a backseat and the whole nation comes together to celebrate the festival of light, Hero Indian Super League wishes you and your family, a very happy and safe Diwali.

Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC renew hostilities at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Saturday in what is set to be the latest chapter of the southern derby in the Hero Indian Super League. Matches between these two sides over the past two seasons have generally been breath-taking with plenty of drama and goals. Saturday’s encounter, which will be the first southern derby of Hero Indian Super League 2016, is expected to be no different. These two Southern heavyweights have met six times over the course of the last two seasons and have been on opposite ends of the pendulum of success during that time.

Mumbai City FC went top of the table after a 1-0 win over 2014 champions Atlético de Kolkata in the presence of the legendary Thierry Henry at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday evening. Captain and Marquee of Mumbai City FC, Diego Forlan scored the winner in the 79th minute to hand the former champions their first loss of Hero Indian Super League 2016.

Kerala Blasters FC got their first away win of the season in memorable fashion by coming from behind to beat FC Goa 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. The visitors fell behind to a Julio Cesar goal in the 24th before Mohammed Rafi equalised for the Blasters within seconds of the restart in the second half. With the clock ticking away, Kervens Belfort produced a moment of individual brilliance by scoring the winner with an exquisite shot from range to hand the visitors their first away win of the season & seal a thrilling victory at Fatorda!

Iain Hume became the highest scorer in the history of the Hero Indian Super League when he scored the winner from the spot to help Atlético de Kolkata to a 1-0 win over Delhi Dynamos FC at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata. Hume has now scored 18 goals and has been an irresistible force from the inaugural season itself, when he was declared the Hero of the League with Kerala Blasters FC. He scored 11 times last year and was at it once again last night when he came to his side’s rescue to earn them maximum points with just 10 men on the pitch against the Dynamos. Now the leading scorer in the history of the league, one can rest assured the legend that is Iain Hume has plenty more chapters still to be scripted.

NorthEast United FC will look to extend their winning run at home in the 2016 Hero Indian Super League when they host defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Thursday. The Highlanders will be heading into the match as table-toppers having begun their campaign with two home wins against Kerala Blasters FC (1-0) and FC Goa (2-0). They will be looking for their third successive win at home against Chennai this season on Thursday. The Super Machans, meanwhile, had a stuttering start with a draw against Atlético de Kolkata (2-2) and then a defeat to Delhi (1-3) at home. But they seemed to have reignited their season with a win over Goa (2-0) in their last match, making the clash against the Highlanders anyone’s game.

In what was a classic case of a game of two halves, Delhi Dynamos FC played out an exhilarating 3-3 draw against Mumbai City FC in front of a 15,000- strong crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. Krisztian Vadocz netted a double in the first period to make it 2-0 for Mumbai at the break. Richard Gadze pulled one back for the Dynamos early in the second half before Sony Norde restored Mumbai’s two-goal cushion in the 69th minute. A goal from super-sub Badara Badji and a penalty from Marcelinho in the last 15 minutes of the match made sure both sides shared the spoils in Hero Indian Super League 2016’s highest scoring game of the season so far.

Sameehg Doutie produced one of the best moments of Hero Indian Super League 2016 thus far by netting an absolute belter of a strike from the edge of the penalty box against FC Goa. It was the South-African winger’s second goal of the season and one of the best goals seen this season so far. Doutie’s jaw-dropping volley left the opposition stunned, while sending the home support at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata into raptures. Unfortunately for ATK, however, a 77th minute penalty by Joffre saw the sides share the points at full-time.

After a slow start to the season, Kerala Blasters FC finally gave their home supporters something to smile about with their first win of the 2016 Hero Indian Super League against Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. The only goal of the game came in the 58th minute after Michael Chopra latched onto a scuffed shot by Kervens Belfort before slotting it past Roberto Volpato in Mumbai’s goal to send the 40,000 Kerala fans in the stadium into a state of hysteria. The goal was also their first of Hero ISL 2016 and is hopefully a sign of things to come for the Blasters faithful.

With Hero Indian Super League 2016 now in full-swing, the early title contenders and difference makers have already had their say with telling performances in the opening weeks of the season. While Emiliano Alfaro’s brace against FC Goa and his solitary goal against FC Pune City has accounted for six of NorthEast’s nine points this season, Javi Lara has been just as integral for Atlético de Kolkata from the wings. His goals against Kerala Blasters FC and Mumbai City FC has earned four out of ATK’s five points so far this season.

Matias Defederico has been another game-changer in Hero ISL 2016 as his two goals against FC Pune City and ATK showed. The Argentine’s deadly left-foot has put the ball into the back of the net from outside the box on both occasions thus far. Another lethal South-American left-foot that has kept opponent defences busy is that of Delhi Dynamos FC’s Brazilian winger Marcelinho. His brace against the reigning champions Chennaiyin FC in the Dynamos’ 3-1 win did well to serve notice to the rest of the league. Former Delhi Dynamos FC midfielder, Hans Mulder on other hand is doing the business at the centre of the park of the Lions this season. His two goals this season also features a stunning strike from range that handed his team their first win of the season against FC Goa.

The excitement is palpable and the battle lines are drawn. It’s time for FC Goa to face hosts Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium tonight, renewing their rivalry that, in many ways, began with the Super Machans’ 3-2 win in the 2015 Hero ISL final. The match had everything, from raucous supporters to late goals to unbridled passion. These aspects, and many more, made it an unforgettable title showdown.

It will be interesting to see whether the Gaurs, feeling buoyed by the full recovery of Robin Singh, will be able to avenge their defeat in Fatorda last year. Or will it again be the Super Machans getting the better of their Goan rivals?

Too much at stake. It definitely doesn’t get better than this, with two perennial title-contenders eyeing getting one up on the other. Click here to read the Preview.

Over the past three seasons of the Hero Indian Super League, the one constant with Kerala Blasters FC in spite of their fluctuating fortunes in Hero ISL 2014 and Hero ISL 2015 has been their buoyant fans who fill in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi with unmatched zeal and enthusiasm. Win, lose or draw, there is simply nothing that can dither the Blasters faithful from thronging to the stadium and creating a sea of yellow that makes for an atmosphere unlike any other. The yellow army has been in full voice once again this season as they try to spur their team on after a slow start to their campaign.

Hero Indian Super League 2016 may have just gotten underway but it has already seen its fair share of top moments in its first week of action. Yusa Katsumi starred for NorthEast United FC in their win against Kerala Blasters FC in the first match of the season, while Emiliano Alfaro stole the show with his brace for the Highlanders against FC Goa. Mumbai City FC are the only team to still have a perfect record after goals from Matias Defederico and Diego Forlan helped them register back-to-back 1-0 wins against FC Pune City and NorthEast respectively. Winners of the inaugural season, Atlético de Kolkata are also unbeaten in their two games so far after an Iain Hume penalty rescued a point for his side against defending champions Chennaiyin FC. ATK’s second match of the season saw them beat Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in Kochi. Delhi Dynamos FC’s Marcelinho also wreaked havoc on the Super Machans by marking his Hero ISL bow with a brace to help the Lions to a 3-1 win over Chennaiyin.

Guwahati was set for an historic battle as NorthEast United FC faced an FC Goa side, who had never lost to the Highlanders in Hero ISL history. But there was to be a change in the script at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Guwahati.

In the 20th minute of the encounter, FC Goa’s captain, Lucio, passed the ball back to his keeper Laxmikanth Kattimani, who made a hash of the back pass by passing it straight to an onrushing Alfaro, who bundled the ball into the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts. Alfaro completed his brace in the second half when he converted a neat pass from Narzary to finish between the legs of Katimanni to send Guwahati into raptures.

With the next match against a Forlan-led Mumbai City FC side, NorthEast United FC will surely look to Emiliano Alfaro to continue his goal scoring exploits to make them victorious.

Kerala Blasters FC host Atlético de Kolkata at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Wednesday. Both sides will be desperate for their first win of the season after Kerala lost their season opener to NorthEast United FC, while Kolkata drew against Chennaiyin FC. There will also be plenty of subplots on display when these two teams go head to head as Kerala welcome back ATK’s Iain Hume, who starred for the Blasters in Hero ISL 2014. Kolkata on the other hand will be wary of the threat posed by the scorer of their title winning goal in the inaugural season, Mohammed Rafique. With inspirational leaders in Steve Coppell and Jose Molina at the helm for Kerala and Kolkata respectively as well as an abundance of talent on the pitch in the likes Sameehg Doutie, Borja Fernandez, Sandesh Jhingan and Antonio German, Wednesday’s encounter is set to be anyone’s game. Click here to read preview:

Hero Indian Super League 2016 got underway with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Saturday. India's Olympic silver medallist at Rio 2016, PV Sindhu was one of the star attractions in attendance alongside superstars from Bollywood and some of cricket’s biggest names. Jacqueline Fernandez, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan mesmerised the crowd with breath-taking performances, while cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar took to the stage after a rapturous welcome from the audience.

Chennaiyin FC co-owners Mr Abhishek Bachchan and Mr MS Dhoni also made an appearance on stage, while Mumbai City FC co-owner Mr Ranbir Kapoor collected the “Best Grassroots Programme” for the second year running from the Founding Chairperson of Football Sports Development, Mrs Nita Ambani. NorthEast United FC owner Mr John Abraham sounded out a rallying cry to the passionate Highlanders support before his side did the business on the pitch thanks to a Katsumi Yusa goal that handed NorthEast a 1-0 win in the season opener.

The third edition of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) is now just days away and loads of players will be looking to live up to their billing for their respective clubs, including quite a few upcoming stars.

Last season’s hat-trick hero for FC Goa, Thongkhosiem Haokip will be aiming to fire on all cylinders for Kerala Blasters FC this time. Talented attacker Jayesh Rane is expected to shine for Chennaiyin FC and help them in their title defence. Competing with him will be Atlético de Kolkata’s new defensive recruit Pritam Kotal, who will looking to prove his point to his current employers after featuring for FC Pune City in just two matches last year. Meanwhile, the likes Seityasen Singh, Romeo Fernandes, Souvik Chakraborty, Rahul Bheke and Amrinder Singh will look to enthral fans with their endearing work rate.

Wishing these talented prospects the best for Hero ISL 2016!

Chennaiyin FC scripted a perfect story of revival under Marco Materazzi last season. After being at the bottom of the table in November 2015, they made a spirited comeback to claim six consecutive victories on their way to the title. With the addition of the experienced John Arne Riise in their ranks this time, the defending champions appear ready to defend their title.

Atlético de Kolkata fans went berserk when their team claimed the inaugural Hero Indian Super League (ISL) title by defeating Kerala Blasters FC in the final. Coached by Antonio Habas, the exemplary goal-scoring form of Fikru brought a broad smile to the faces of ATK fans, and then in 2015, Iain Hume took the lead as the Kolkatan side reached the semis. Attractive possession-based football has been their mantra in the past two seasons, and their new head coach Jose Molina will be looking to bring back glory to Atlético this season.

As we welcome the new Hero ISL season, the spotlight falls on the major stalwarts that all eight clubs will gleefully welcome back to their ranks for the new campaign. The effervescent Sunil Chhetri is one of them and looks to better his tally of seven goals in his maiden season last year for Mumbai City FC. As far as Delhi Dynamos FC are concerned, they would love to see French maestro Florent Malouda repeat his brilliance in midfield that saw him provide eight assists last season.

After coming mightily close to glory in the first season and then finishing last in Hero ISL 2015, Kerala Blasters FC will be hoping that a revitalized Michael Chopra provides his magic touch and helps their cause. Meanwhile, Atlético de Kolkata will have their hopes pinned on Hero ISL’s second-highest goal-scorer of all time Iain Hume to provide the impetus for yet another successful season. His ability to run directly at defences will be hard for the opposition to curb. On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC will be hungry to achieve successive trophies and defender Bernard Mendy could be key in the realisation of that.

Young midfield ace Eugeneson Lyngdoh will don FC Pune City’s colours yet again for the upcoming season and will be a force to be reckoned with, especially with Eidur Gudjohnsen around this time. In Guwahati, NorthEast United FC will be delighted at the prospect of seeing Didier Zokora in their colours for the first time, and lastly, the influence of Joffre will definitely be a sight for sore eyes for FC Goa.

Welcome back superstars!

The new Hero ISL season will have the big names of Indian football plying their trade to help their respective teams to glory. Defending champions Chennaiyin FC will be raring to pick up from where they left off and their in-form player Jeje Lalpekhlua, who scored six goals for the Super Machans in Hero ISL 2015 from open play, will take the lead in attack. On the other hand, Robin Singh will look to take his Delhi Dynamos FC form from last season to FC Goa in their bid for the elusive Hero ISL trophy this season.

2014 runners-up Kerala Blasters FC’s Hero ISL campaign will be built around their backline and Indian stalwart Sandesh Jhingan is there to keep the opposition attackers at bay. Competing against him will be Atlético de Kolkata’s Arnab Mondal, who has been very impressive for the Kolkata-based side for the last two seasons.

Delhi Dynamos FC will have Anas Edathodika in the spotlight for the Lions whereas NorthEast United FC have Arjuna awardee Subrata Paul as their trump card guarding the sticks. Meanwhile, Mumbai City FC will rely on their top-scoring striker from last season Sunil Chhetri, and the midfield magic of Eugeneson Lyngdoh will be pivotal to FC Pune City’s chances.

Watch out for these players!

With FC Goa still reeling from a defensive error that resulted in a Kattimani own-goal Mendoza ran through the channel and wrong-footed defender Gregory Arnolin before calmly slotting the ball past Kattimani and complete a terrific turnaround. It gave Chennaiyin FC the lead in injury time and the goal proved to be the decider in a tightly contested final.

With Chennaiyin FC trailing from Joffre’s smartly taken free-kick, the Super Machans had no other choice but to throw in the kitchen sink in their search for a goal. Mehrajuddin Wadoo lofted the ball into the FC Goa box hoping to find Mendoza what followed, however, was nothing but a stroke of luck. Laxmikant Kattimani came out to punch the ball only to collide with Pronay Halder and the ball entered the back of the net in the 90th minute of the final.

Not a single FC Goa supporter was left seated at the end of the 87th minute. Spaniard Joffre belted out a curling free-kick which found itself at the back of the Chennai net, and helped Goa inch closer to the title.

Palpitations went up a notch as Chennaiyin FC prepared themselves to take yet another penalty, just minutes after the first one. Lady luck, however, was on Goa’s side this time, too, as keeper Kattimani lunged in the right direction to deny Mendoza a goal.

The home team’s reply came minutes after Chennaiyin’s first blow. Local boy Romeo Fernandes’ slick pass set-up Haokip and the latter made no mistake to drive home his fourth of the season.

Pronay Halder handed Chennaiyin FC a golden chance to break the deadlock in the 2015 Hero ISL Final after a foul on Mendoza just inside the box. Bruno Pelissari stepped up for the Super Machans, but saw his initial effort saved by FC Goa goal keeper Laxmikant Kattimani. However, he followed up the save and slammed home the rebound from close range to bag the 1st goal of the Final.

The 2015 Hero Indian Super League final lived up to its billing with the game turning out to be a cracker for the neutrals. FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC played their parts in a thoroughly engrossing game of football with goals scored in the dying moments. Pelissari gave the Chennai based team the lead, slotting home the rebound after Kattimani saved his penalty. FC Goa were quick to respond with a goal of their own to bring themselves back on level terms courtesy Romeo’s delightful cross, which Haokip sent home at the far post. Just when you thought the final was destined for extra time, Joffre stepped up and his smartly taken free-kick in the 87th minute proved to be too good for Edel in goal sparking scenes of jubilation at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Fatorda. Chennaiyin FC, however, had different plans as they rallied back from then on to complete a miraculous comeback. Kattimani’s failure to punch a long punt up-field under pressure from his own defender meant the scores were all tied in the final minute. The Hero of the Season - John Stiven Mendoza then wrong-footed Arnolin to slot the ball past Kattimani as Chennaiyin FC went on to win this season’s Hero Indian Super League.

Chennaiyin FC became the 2015 Hero Indian Super League champions after beating FC Goa 3-2 in the final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Sunday evening. After a goalless first half, the game burst into life in the second. Chennai took the lead through Bruno Pelissari before a Thongkhosiem Haokip strike and a Joffre free-kick gave Goa a 2-1 lead with three minutes to spare. Chennaiyin FC though retaliated with two goals – first a Laxmikant Kattimani own goal seconds before full-time and then a Stiven Mendoza winner during stoppage time - to claim the trophy. Full match report:

After 60 matches, 181 goals and 3463 tackles, FC Goa take on Chennaiyin FC in the grand finale of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Sunday. It promises to be a cracker of an encounter as the Gaurs, who are the league’s top scorers with 32 goals, lock horns with the Super Machans who boast the league’s meanest defence, conceding just 17 goals in 16 matches. The attacking philosophy of both these sides makes for a mouth-watering final on Sunday with big-match players on either side capable of having a major say in the eventual outcome of the game. Goa may have the advantage of playing in front of their home fans, however, they should take cognizance of the fact that they have lost both their previous encounters at Fatorda to Chennai. Full match preview:

Atlético de Kolkata beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in the second leg of their 2015 Hero Indian Super League semi-final clash in front of 68,340 spectators at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday. Goals from Dejan Lekic and Iain Hume in either half gave Kolkata a glimmer of hope before a Fikru Teferra goal in stoppage time ended ATK’s hopes of making the final as the final aggregate score read 4-2 in the southern-outfit’s favour. The Super Machans will now play FC Goa in the final in Goa on December 20. Full match report:

Atlético de Kolkata host Chennaiyin FC in the second leg of their 2015 Hero Indian Super League semi-final clash at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday. The defending champions face an uphill task as they hope to overturn a three-goal margin after their 3-0 loss to Chennaiyin FC in the first leg. To add to ATK’s woes skipper Borja Fernandez is a major injury doubt for the game. The only scenario that will result in qualification for Kolkata into the final is if they register a win by a four-goal margin since even a win by a two-goal margin will see them behind the Super Machans on aggregate. A win by a three-goal margin for the reigning champions is the only way the game could be tied on aggregate, leading to extra time and penalty shootout beyond. The Super Machans, on the other hand, are the form team of the league at the moment and have won five games in a row, making them firm favourites to reach the final. Full match preview:

FC Goa reached the final of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League after beating Delhi Dynamos FC 3-0 in the second leg of their semi-final clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Tuesday night. Strikes from Joffre and Rafael Coelho in the first half and a Dudu goal in the second were enough for Goa to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg. Full match report:

FC Goa host Delhi Dynamos FC in their all-important second-leg semifinal of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Tuesday. Delhi go into the match with a one-goal advantage after Robin Singh’s lone goal in the first leg handed the Lions a 1-0 win. The match is tantalisingly poised with the final in sight for both sides. A draw will be enough for the Lions to make the semis, however, a loss by a margin of one goal will mean that the fixture will head into extra time with the dreaded penalty shootout beyond if the teams are still tied on aggregate in the absence of the away goal rule. Goa, on the other hand, will have to register a win with a two-goal margin to cement their berth in the final. Full match preview:

Chennaiyin FC put in a clinical performance to beat Atlético de Kolkata 3-0 in the first leg of their 2015 Hero Indian Super League semi-final clash at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Saturday. Bruno Pelissari scored a brilliant free-kick in the first half before strikes from Jeje Lalpekhlua and Stiven Mendoza in the second period made it 3-0 for Chennai, thereby handing the southern-outfit a massive advantage for the return leg. Full match report:

Chennaiyin FC host Atlético de Kolkata in the first leg of the second semi-final of Hero Indian Super League 2015 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune. The match was moved to Pune after devastating floods in Chennai. Saturday’s mouth-watering fixture promises to be exciting as both sides head into the game on the back of a good run of results.

Delhi Dynamos FC beat FC Goa 1-0 in their first-leg semi-final clash of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League in front of a 23,874-strong crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Friday. A solitary goal from Robin Singh towards the end of the first half was enough for the Lions. The Dynamos now head to Goa with an advantage for the return leg on December 15 in what promises to be a fascinating encounter between the two sides. Full match report:

With the league phase behind us, Delhi Dynamos and FC Goa face off in what promises to be a cracking opener to the semi-finals stage of the #HeroISL 2015. The match will also pit two Brazilian legends against each other. While Zico and his FC Goa side have been in this stage of the league before, it will be the first time for Roberto Carlos and his Delhi Dynamos squad. Carlos will have his work cut out for him as Delhi Dynamos have never been able to avoid defeat against FC Goa in the four meetings between the teams over the two seasons. Can the Lions defy trend and pick up their first win against Goa or will the Gaurs head to their home leg carrying an advantage?

The semi-final line-ups of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League have been decided! Zico’s FC Goa beat fellow Brazilian Roberto Carlos’ Delhi Dynamos FC in the last game of the league stage on Sunday to cement the top spot in the standings. Antonio Lopez Habas’ Atlético de Kolkata, Marco Materazzi’s Chennaiyin FC and Carlos’ Delhi Dynamos FC secured the next three spots. It’s now Delhi vs Goa and Kolkata vs Chennai in the semi-finals. May the best teams reach the final to be played in Goa on December 20!

Week 9 of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League saw quite a few breath-taking individual performances. Chennaiyin FC’s Jeje definitely stole the show by scoring two crucial goals in two matches, helping his team to reach the semi-finals. FC Goa’s Romeo Fernandes’ second-half brace stunned Delhi Dynamos FC 3-2 in the last game of the league stage that also witnessed Florent Malouda provide his eighth assist for the Lions this season. In another interesting match, Mumbai City FC shocked defending champions Atlético de Kolkata 3-2 thanks to a brace from Sony Norde as Iain Hume's 10th goal of the season went in vain.

Week 8 of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League witnessed defending champions Atlético de Kolkata, Delhi Dynamos FC and FC Goa making it to the semi-finals. Iain Hume scored his second hat-trick of the season and helped ATK beat FC Pune City 4-1 and qualify. Gustavo dos Santos’ late strike against NorthEast United FC also ensured qualification for the Lions who won 2-1. In the Gaurs’ 5-1 win over Kerala Blasters FC, Reinaldo scored a hat-trick to help his team join ATK and Delhi in the semis. There is now only one spot left up for grabs, and over the next few days the battle for that last position will surely heat up.

In the week gone by, the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) got off to a high voltage start as FC Goa shocked Mumbai City FC to a 7-0 defeat. Dudu Omagbemi and Thongkhosiem Haokip scored a hat-trick each at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa to cap off fine individual displays for the home side. And then, Mumbai’s semi-final hopes took a major hit when Diomansy Kamara made the most of a defensive error to ensure NorthEast United FC had a strong chance of qualification following a 2-0 victory. In the South Indian Derby, Stiven Mendoza hit top gear once again, bagging his second Hero ISL hat-trick of the season and ending almost all of Kerala Blasters’ chances of qualification for the semi-finals. Atlético de Kolkata winger Sameehg Doutie put in two topnotch performances this past week as well winning back-to-back Hero of the Match awards. The South African attacker scored and assisted a goal in the game against Chennaiyin FC before tearing FC Goa apart in Kolkata in a game where he helped himself to a brace along with winning a penalty and laying off the perfect pass to allow captain Borja Fernandez to lash home from just outside the box.

Chennaiyin FC host Kerala Blasters FC on Matchday 43 of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League on Saturday. It’s a crunch tie for both sides as regards their semi-final chances, with the Super Machans currently lying at the bottom of the league and Kerala just one spot above them. Chennai lead the head-to-head 3-1 going into this match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. While for the Super Machans, Elano, Stiven Mendoza and goalie Karanjit Singh hold the key, Josu, Chris Dagnall and Antonio German are expected to make an impact for the Blasters.

The 2015 Hero Indian Super League witnessed something quite unbelievable on Tuesday evening. At Fatorda’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, hosts FC Goa registered the biggest victory in the history of the league with a 7-0 rout of Mumbai City FC, with Thongkhosiem Haokip and Dudu scoring hat-tricks. This was the first occasion in Hero ISL when two players scored a hat-trick in a match. With the 100-goal mark being crossed in 39 games, seven fewer than last year, Season 2 has definitely exceeded all expectations, hasn’t it?

The #HeroISL 2015 journey reached the much-coveted landmark of 100 goals at Fatorda on Tuesday evening when FC Goa forward Thongkhosiem Haokip found the back of the net to open the scoring against Mumbai City FC. The young Indian striker went on to score two more. Additionally, the milestone came in the 100th game of the #HeroISL. Read more here

Week 6 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) was brought to an end in an emphatic fashion as Kerala Blasters FC cruised to an impressive 4-1 away win over NorthEast United FC. Chris Dagnall found the net after just 29 seconds on the clock as he registered the fastest goal of the Hero ISL eclipsing fellow teammate Mohammed Rafi’s 48-second strike from earlier this season. Youngster Antonio German got on the scoresheet in the same match to follow up his brilliant brace against reigning champions Atlético de Kolkata earlier in the week. German’s heroics in the Atlético match was only overshadowed by Arata Izumi’s blitzkrieg which saw him score twice in a matter of minutes to drive the 1st Champions to an exciting 3-2 victory over the Blasters. Speaking of quick goals and super-subs, NorthEast United’s Silas found the winner against Chennaiyin FC barely a minute after coming off the bench. Moving on from scoring goals to stopping them, FC Pune City captain Didier Zokora put in a defensive masterclass to hold Mumbai City FC 0-0 at the DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai.

The festival of lights is here! As all of India is gripped by the auspicious occasion of Diwali, Hero Indian Super League, too, is all set to display its 'football' fireworks with teams having moved into the second phase of the league. It’s anybody’s game now!

In an earlier match-up this season, Marco Materazzi and Cesar Farias, head coaches of Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC respectively, had conjured up some unfinished rivalry. The Highlanders, now on a good run, are ready to take on the southern club as they travel into the Super Machans’ lair. With the entire nation gripped by the festival of fireworks, will we see an explosive finale to this encounter?

Week 5 of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League reached greater heights. While the quality of play remained breath-taking thanks to performances from Simao, John Arne Riise, Robin Singh, Chris Dagnall – to name but a few – there were also quite a few celebrities in attendance to light up the league. British boxer Amir Khan witnessed the match between Delhi Dynamos FC and NorthEast United FC in New Delhi while India’s limited overs cricket captain MS Dhoni, also a Chennaiyin FC co-owner, saw his team play FC Goa in the company of Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, the other co-owners. It doesn't get bigger than this, does it?

The second season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) - into its fifth week - has already seen quite a few breath-taking individual performances. The hat-tricks by Stiven Mendoza (Chennaiyin FC), Sunil Chhetri (Mumbai City FC) and Iain Hume (Atlético de Kolkata) bear testimony to that. While the last season saw just one hat-trick scored by Andre Moritz, this year the league has reached another level in terms of individual performances. Let’s hope the good show continues and that ISL fans get to see many more hat-tricks.

Week 4 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) witnessed goals galore! Hat-tricks from Sunil Chhetri (the first by an Indian player in the league’s history) and Iain Hume (his first goals for Atlético de Kolkata this season) were the major talking points, but there have been many more players who deserve recognition for their goal-scoring heroics. Kalu Uche’s brace helped FC Pune City win over 2014 finalists Kerala Blasters FC in a topsy-turvy game while Gustavo dos Santos helped Delhi Dynamos FC snatch three vital points in the dying moments versus defending champions Kolkata at the Salt Lake Stadium. Eugeneson Lyngdoh got busy in the middle with his crucial equalizer against FC Goa and Karanjit Singh became the star of the first South Indian Derby of this season when he saved Josu’s penalty - earning Chennaiyin FC a vital point in front of the Yellow fortress in Kochi.

Matchday 26 of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) will see Kerala Blasters FC host Chennaiyin FC in an all-southern affair at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. Kerala will be itching to reignite their campaign after four successive losses see them occupy the bottom of the table. However, it won’t be easy against a Chennaiyin side that has won three out of their last four matches. Chennaiyin will also take a lot of confidence from the fact that last year they came out on top in both home and away fixtures against the Blasters.

Mumbai City FC striker Sunil Chhetri had a dream game on Tuesday when he scored a hat-trick in the second season of the Hero Indian Super League, becoming the first Indian to do so in the history of the league as his team ran away to a 5-1 win against NorthEast United FC. Before him only Andre Moritz and Stiven Mendoza had the honour. The three goals against the Highlanders at the DY Patil Stadium took the India striker’s tally to six goals in four matches this season as he joined Mendoza as the top scorer in the league.

The 2015 Hero Indian Super League went from strength to strength in Week Three. While Sunil Chhetri scored three goals in two matches to put Mumbai City FC's campaign back on track, NorthEast United FC marquee player Simao Sabrosa scored from the spot to help his team win in his first match of Season 2. Another man who stole the show was Mumbai City FC’s Frederic Piquionne who scored the 50th goal of the second season. Richard Gadze, Gregory Arnolin, Nicolas Velez and Bernard Mendy were also in the thick of things. In all, it was quite a thrilling week!

Week 2 of the Hero Indian Super League was graced by arguably the best footballer to have ever set foot on a football field. The iconic Pelé was in attendance for the Atlético de Kolkata vs Kerala Blasters match in the City of Joy. The match too lived up to the occasion with the home side clinching a 2-1 victory after a nail-biting finish with an excellent Javi Lara goal proving to be the eventual winner. Stiven Mendoza of Chennaiyin FC meanwhile continued his red hot goalscoring streak and scored a brace against Mumbai City FC. And not to forget, FC Goa getting back to their winning ways with a 3-1 victory over NorthEast United FC with Mandar Rao Dessai netting his second goal of the season. Jonatan Lucca got his name on the scoresheet in the same match with a beautifully executed shot from outside the box. Robin Singh returned from international duty to score on his Hero ISL debut for Delhi Dynamos, whereas the ever impressive Jackichand Singh found the net for FC Pune City in only the second minute against Kolkata – recording the second quickest goal ever in the League’s history.

Back-to-back defeats in the 2015 Hero Indian Super League had last season's semi-finalists Chennaiyin FC on the back foot. They needed a special performance to put their campaign back on track and in stepped John Stiven Mendoza Valencia. Match 9 of the ISL bore witness to a brilliant hat-trick by the young Colombian against the mighty FC Goa which helped his team run away to an impressive 4-0 victory. It was the second hat-trick in ISL history, after Andre Moritz’s in the first season. The 23-year-old had a very good first season scoring four goals in nine games despite injury problems. He already has three this season and is surely going to be one of the most exciting players to watch out for.

It’s been a riveting start to the Hero Indian Super League 2015 with the Indians coming to the fore. The first week saw some terrific football with as many as 19 goals scored in the first seven games and we already have had five different Indian goalscorers. Mohammed Rafi’s homecoming was a memorable one as the local boy starred in Kerala Blasters’ opening match - the same match which saw a stunner from Spaniard Josu Currias, a former La Masia product. FC Goa’s Indian contingent wasn’t far behind as Keenan Almeida and Mandar Rao Dessai had impressive outings in the Gaurs’ first two matches. FC Pune City found their own ‘Divine Ponytail’ in Tuncay Sanli who scored a brace to kickstart the Punekars’ campaign. The Dynamos too shook off the disappointment of losing their first game with an impressive showing in the second which was topped off by a Chicao penalty.

The 2015 Hero Indian Super League got off to a scintillating start with a stunning opening ceremony in Chennai on Saturday that saw participations from celebrities like Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar and Mrs Nita Ambani. Performances from Alia Bhatt and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan enthralled the crowd. However, it was AR Rahman’s rendition of the national anthem that stole the show. When the action moved on to the pitch, the football didn’t disappoint. Two goals from Hélder Postiga helped Atlético de Kolkata beat Chennaiyin FC;last season’s top-scorer Elano’s goal brought the scoreline down to 3-2.