Breaking down ISL's latest century: A delayed first, back-to-back hat-tricks
Mark Sifneos equalizer in Kerala Blasters' 1-1 draw against Pune on Thursday was the 100th goal of the 2017-18 Indian Super League season. The goal came in the 38th game of the season, which is also a new league record -- the previous best was 39 games during the 2015 season. Here are some key numbers from ISL's latest century.
The total number of minutes it took for the first goal of the ISL season in 2017-18, scored by Ferran 'Coro' Corominas of FC Goa in a 3-2 win over Chennaiyin FC. In three previous seasons, the first goal had always come in the first match, whereas this season began with two goalless draws, between Kerala Blasters and ATK, and then NorthEast United against Jamshedpur FC.
The most goals scored by a team this season, managed by FC Goa in seven matches. FC Pune City are in second place with 18 goals, while Bengaluru FC have 17 goals.
Coro is the leading goal scorer this season thus far, one more than the eight goals scored by Bengaluru's Miku.
The total number of goals scored by Indian players this season, with Mumbai City FC's Balwant Singh leading the scoring charts with five goals. His national team colleagues Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua have scored four each, for Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC, respectively.
There have been three hat-tricks this season, with Coro featuring in two of them, against Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters. Coro also became the first player to score ISL hat-tricks in successive games, won 4-3 and 5-2 by FC Goa, and these are also the highest-scoring matches of the season. Marcelinho's hat-trick helped FC Pune City beat NorthEast United 5-0, the biggest margin of victory this season.
With 18 goals scored in five games, the Balewadi Stadium in Pune has witnessed the most goals for any venue this season. Hosts Pune have 10 of these goals, but have lost three of the five matches played, to Delhi Dynamos, Chennaiyin and Bengaluru FC.
Subrata Pal has been the standout goalkeeper this season, with five clean sheets from seven matches played by Jamshedpur FC. No other goalkeeper has even managed four clean sheets as yet. Jamshedpur also have the unique record of having both scored and conceded the least goals this season, with two in both categories.
Fifty goals, exactly half of the total, have been scored by teams on the road this season, perhaps a reflection of a year when almost all the teams are rebuilding and as a result, there have been 17 away wins as opposed to 13 home wins, with eight draws in 38 games. Every team has won at least one away match, while Delhi Dynamos, Jamshedpur FC and NorthEast United are yet to win a home game. Delhi have fared the worst, losing three home matches in a run of six consecutive defeats since beating Pune 3-2 away in their first match.
With inputs by Gautam Roy, football historian and media manager of East Bengal football club.