Aerial Duels, Poor Long Balls & Two Towering Headers From Mailson

Indian Super League 1 to 25

Firstly, let me apologise. I try and do this religiously on a Monday, however, with the play-off final being on Saturday, it meant there was too much to do and other things had to take priority. Nevertheless, it’s here now!

As it stands, this will be the last 1-25 of the season due to the stats not being as readily available for the Super Cup as they are for the ISL, which makes it much more difficult. All is not lost though, as a blockbuster 1-100 will be coming next week which will cover the whole season, it should be out next Monday, no promises though!

Back on point, 1-25 is a feature where we look at a number based stat from the recent games, simple really. The plan this week was to focus on the four Super Cup qualifiers and the play-off final, but as I mentioned earlier, stats are not that easy to come by for the Super Cup, so the majority of these stats will all be based on Chennaiyin’s fantastic win against Bengaluru which saw them crowned ISL champions for the second time in three years. So, unless it says otherwise, the stat will be about the ISL final, ok? Without further delay, let’s get cracking, for the final time this season…


Crucial miss from Sunil Chhetri. It was with within the final ten minutes and would’ve no doubt set up a grandstand finale.


Out of four Super Cup Qualifiers went to Extra Time. Close call.


Yellow cards handed out. Both of Bengaluru’s came after they went 3-1 down. Temper.


Tackles made by Bengaluru’s Lenny who came into the side for the suspended Bose. Stuck in.


Shots on target apiece. Even.


Clearances by Chennai skipper Henrique Sereno. Immense.


Shots for Chhetri which was as many as Chennaiyin managed collectively. Waste.


Points between Bengaluru and Chennaiyin in the final league standings.


Minutes were on the clock when Chhetri got the game’s opener.


Duels won by Bengaluru’s John Johnson & Chennaiyin’s Raphael Augusto, joint-highest.


Attempts in the first-half; Chennai only had three of them, yet they scored twice.


Is the number worn by the wonderful Jeje. He may not have scored, but he set up Augusto for the third.


Goals scored across the four Super Cup Qualifiers.


Goals this season for Chhetri. Highest Indian by a fair margin.


Long balls attempted by Mailson. Only one found its intended target. Hit and hope.


And out for Bengaluru as their unbeaten run ended on game sixteen. Unlucky for some.


Minutes on the clock when Mailson rose like a salmon to equalise.


Goals in Chennaiyin’s last eight away games. Over two a game.


Fouls in the second half. Fourteen were committed by Bengaluru. Bad losers.


Goals in Bengaluru’s home league games this year.


Minutes after putting Chennaiyin 3-1 up, Augusto was withdrawn for Jaime Gavilan.


Minutes into the second-half, Augusto curled one in. Peach.


Accurate passes made by the majestic Inigo Calderon.


Aerial battles in the first-half. Bengaluru won those 14-10, however, Mailson won the two that mattered.


Accurate passes apiece for Chennai’s Ganesh & Nelson. Pinpoint.

An end of an era some would say. I’m not sure who would say that, but somewhere, someone is thinking it. As mentioned, it’ll be back next week for a mammoth season edition, after that, your guess is as good as mine. If the statistics become available for the Super Cup ‘proper’ then it will resume then, if not, you’re going to have to wait until next season.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, I’ll see you next week, have a good one.

Until the next time.

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Jake Flock
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