Taking Check out the teams that won the maximum penalties this year.
38 penalties granted, 33 penalties transformed. Fair to say the spot-kick takers did an excellent job from the sixth edition of this Indian Super League. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu ceased two penalties to Francisco Dorronsoro and Subhasish Chowdhury save one each. Nerijus Valskis couldn’t maintain his only spot-kick this year on goal in Odisha FC’s 2-0 triumph over Chennaiyin FC before this year.
Otherwise, the penalty-taker always came out on top. We have a look at the teams which were awarded the most penalties and how those accountable fared when they took center-stage.
Kerala Blasters won six penalties this year. Bartholomew Ogbeche was a regular on spot-kick duties, scoring all five penalties he stood behind. He scored against eventual champions ATK, Bengaluru FC, NorthEast United and 2 from the place in Kerala’s 4-4 draw against Odisha FC. Messi Bouli was given the responsibility to take one in Ogveche’s absence and he buried it comfortably against Jamshedpur FC.
The Men of Steel had the chance to score from the spot five times this year and they were able to place four of them off. Sergio Castel scored twice, Piti got one against Kerala Blasters while Noe Acosta scored in Jamshedpur’s 2-1 defeat against Mumbai City but was unable to get it beyond Subhasish Chowdhury in their 3-3 draw against NorthEast United. But he made up for it by scoring two minutes later.
Hyderabad also won five penalties this year but they could only convert three of these. Marko Stankovic scored against Mumbai and Kerala from the place but he Couldn’t get beyond Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in Hyderabad’s 1-0 away defeat against Bengaluru. Bobo was responsible for punishment duties after but Francisco Dorronsoro pulled off a save to deny the Brazilian.
Simple story here. Goa were awarded a penalty four times. Ferran Corominas took it four times, he scored them all. He scored from the spot in injury time to reduce Bengaluru FC from taking all three points in the Fatorda Stadium. Odisha, NorthEast United and Hyderabad were his other victims from the place.
ATK have a 100 percent record from the spot this season. Roy Krishna scored against Hyderabad and obtained a brace in the spot against Jamshedpur. David Williams won and netted a penalty against Bengaluru in the next leg of this play-off. This proved to be the turning point in their recovery.
The 2019-20 champions had chances to score from the place on three occasions this year. Captain Sunil Chhetri stood behind the ball on all 3 events, scoring against Mumbai City, NorthEast United and Odisha FC.
NORTHEAST UNITED FC
The Highlanders had three unique goalscorers for the 3 spot-kicks they won this year, which accounted for nearly 20 percent of their overall goals scored (16). Asamoah Gyan scored in his final match – NorthEast’s 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters. Martin Chaves scored against finalists Chennaiyin FC and Maximiliano Barreiro buried it in the place to hand his side a 1-0 win over Hyderabad FC back in November.
Odisha FC won three penalties this year and scored all three of these. Martin Perez Guedes was the designated penalty taker against Hyderabad and NorthEast United. Aridane Santana scored in the home leg against Hyderabad FC to receive his brace.
MUMBAI CITY FC
With a success rate of 66.66 percent, the Islanders were able to convert two of those three penalties they have this season. Mohamed Larbi scored against Hyderabad and Odisha but could not get it past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu when he took a penalty against Bengaluru FC.
The finalists were awarded only 1 penalty this year – against Odisha in a match they lost 2-0. Golden Boot winner Nerijus Valskis blazed it over, to the delight of Francisco Dorronsoro who had been guarding the sticks.