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The opening match saw Kerala Blasters FC hosting Chennaiyin FC, and the intense encounter concluded in a gripping 3-3 draw, showcasing a brilliant tactical display by both head coaches. Adding to the excitement were a couple of outstanding goals. However, Kwame Peprah and Dimitrios Diamantakos’ strikes earned nominations for the ISL Goal of the Week.
Kwame Peprah vs Chennaiyin FC
A quick strike from Rahim Ali in the first minute, followed by a double from Jordan Murray, left Kerala Blasters in desperate need of goals. The Blasters managed to narrow the deficit before halftime, courtesy of Kwame Peprah’s inaugural ISL goal. A left-footed bullet unleashed from outside the box beat Debjit, sparking wild celebrations in Kochi.
Diamantakos Dimitrios vs Chennaiyin FC
Just 15 minutes into the second half, the Blasters leveled the score, thanks to a sensational long-range effort from Diamantakos. He skillfully received a pass from Danish Farooq, effortlessly strode forward, and unleashed a powerful shot to Debjit’s left, finding the top corner of the net. The spectacular goal not only brought the Blasters back on level terms but also added a touch of brilliance to the match.
Borja Herrera vs NorthEast United
In contention for the same accolade are East Bengal’s Borja Herrera and Round Glass Punjab’s Luka Majcen. Herrera’s stellar long-range goal played a pivotal role in East Bengal’s victory over NorthEast United FC on their home turf.
Borja Herrera delivered an absolute screamer to open the scoring for East Bengal, setting the stage for a stellar 5-star performance. A swift throw-in set the stage for Herrera’s moment of brilliance, as he unleashed a long-range missile that soared past Michu, finding the back of the net with precision and power
Luka Majcen vs Bengaluru FC
Luka Majcen stunned the entire Kanteerava as he dashed into Bengaluru’s box to give Punjab FC a two-goal lead. Despite the match ending in a 3-3 draw, Majcen’s goal turned the heads of the Indian football fans. Luka Majcen scored a spectacular goal from 30 yards out, beating Gurpreet Singh and chipping it ober the near post before reaching the goal line.
Dimitrios Chatziisaias’ looping header followed by Juan Mera’s deft backheel layoff set up Majcen’s spectacular long-range shot as they led 3-1. Bengaluru FC displayed remarkable poise as they salvaged a draw from Punjab FC, depriving them of their maiden ISL victory.