The third season of the Indian Super League has been one of the best displays of a topsy-turvy league journey. While every team has almost played 11-12 matches, all of them are still in contention to reach the knockout stages. Delhi Dynamos FC and Mumbai City FC have arguably been the better teams, but have had their moments of weaknesses and anxious displays on the pitch.
While the games have been more competitive than usual, the displays on the pitch have been far more tactical than in previous seasons. While Delhi have played a brilliant possession based game, Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC have looked to hit the opposition on the counter.
After odd-50 matches, here, we take a look at the five most inspiring substitutions made by coaches which changed the complexion of the game.
#1 Eugeneson Lyngdoh vs Mumbai City FC
It was an interesting build-up already. With Sunil Chhetri starting in the opposing line-up for Mumbai City FC, Eugeneson had to have some effect on the game, but was kept on the bench when the game started. While the attacking intent in the team was clear, it was quite clearly visible that both sides were looking for the much-needed attacking breakthrough.
The first half ended goalless. Eugeneson was introduced on the pitch in the 46th minute, coming in place of Dramane Traore. The Indian international played the No. 10 role for Antonio Lopez Habas, who clearly showcased his belief in Eugeneson’s quality. With Lyngdoh on the pitch, FC Pune City started looking like the slightly better side, with a little more creativity and cutting edge, but still, the finishing was not just happening for the away side.
Albino Gomes, Mumbai City FC’s goalkeeper made an absolute mess of a high delivery, which fell into the path of Lyngdoh, who powerfully finished in it the top-center of the net. While the goal cannot be called astonishing, it did give the visitors bragging rights over the much-talked about Maharashtra derby.
Joining the team after Bengaluru FC’s recent AFC Cup final, Sunil and Eugeneson were expected to call the dimes for this match, and Eugeneson, coming off from the bench, won it over his I-League club and National captain.