Here we are again. Another Monday. The joys. To brighten up your morning, we’ve got another instalment of 1-25 to accompany Steve’s summary, so we’ve got the best of both worlds. As is becoming much more the norm now than what it was a few weeks ago, the games are being sorted by form and standing in the league as opposed to it being completely random. The officials are getting better as well, well sort of. The only game that didn’t follow the rulebook of being decided by league position was FC Goa vs Mumbai as a seven-goal thriller went the way of the away side.
Let’s get the results out of the way, then I’m going to run through a stat which is associated with each number from one through to twenty-five. If it doesn’t make any sense, don’t panic, it’ll become clear, soon enough. The results were: Bengaluru 2-1 NorthEast United, Kerala Blasters 2-1 Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa 3-4 Mumbai City & ATK 0-1 Jamshedpur. Now we’ve got that out the way, let’s get stuck in…
- 1 – shot on target that Marcinho had on goal for NorthEast versus Bengaluru; it went in. Accurate.
- 2 – penalties scored in the game between Kerala and Delhi.
- 3 – saves that Kattimani made for Goa against Mumbai. It could have been 3-7!
- 4 – shots that Chhetri had for Bengaluru. Scoring once. Danger.
- 5 – goals for the season now for Thiago Santos after his brace for Mumbai. Halfway to double figures.
- 6 – more shots. That’s how many more that Delhi had than Kerala, yet they still lost 2-1. Wasteful.
- 7 – tackles made by Bengaluru centre-back John Johnson. Imperious.
- 8 – shots on goal for Jamshedpur. The highest of the weekend.
- 9 – passes made by Jamshedpur’s Belfort. He was only the pitch for ten minutes. Useful.
- 10 – key passes made by Thiago Santos. Magnificent.
- 11 – passes made by the marvellous Deependra Negi. More from him later.
- 12 – goals conceded at home by Goa. A league high.
- 13 – long passes attempted by Reagan, NorthEast’s left-back. Only four found their intended destination. Poor.
- 14 – goals scored over the four games. Frenzy.
- 15 – shots in the first half from Jamshedpur. Start as you mean to carry on.
- 16 – passes by the scorer of Kerala’s winner, Iain Hume. Integral.
- 17 – balls won in the air by Jamshedpur. Heads up.
- 18 – minutes left when Jeroen Lumu came off the bench for Delhi.
- 19 – years old. Deependra Singh Negi’s age, he scored the first and won the penalty for Kerala. Game changer.
- 20 – minutes remaining when Thiago Santos made it 3-2 to Mumbai. There was still time for two more goals and seven more yellow cards. Tasty.
- 21 – passes made by ATK’s Rupert Nongrum with a 72% success rate. Average.
- 22 – yellow cards shown over the four games. Feisty.
- 23 – fouls in the Bengaluru vs NorthEast game. One every 3.91 minutes. Stop-start.
- 24 – passes made by Mumbai centre-back Gerson. He had a 92% success rate. Precise.
- 25 – attempts from outside the box over the weekend by the away sides. Speculative.
So there you have it, another 1-25 complete. The struggle kicks in around the 12/13 mark but we soldier on and do what we have to do to make the article work. It’s all swings and roundabouts, ain’t it? If next weekend is even half as entertaining as this one, then we are in for a right treat.
Until the next time.