The league table began to take shape with some big results during the gameweek
The 12th gameweek of the Indian Super League (ISL 2022-23) produced some close results. The results led to some early indications of the teams that would qualify for the playoffs at the behest of five other teams.
FC Goa drew 2-2 against Jamshedpur, courtesy of a late goal from Iker Guarrotxena. Hyderabad FC continued their impressive runs with a 0-3 rout of Bengaluru, while Mumbai City overcame Chennai 2-1. NorthEast United had lost 10 games in a row before beating ATK Mohun Bagan 1-0 to end their losing streak. Kerala Blasters found late inspiration from Sandeep Singh to run out 1-0 winners against Odisha FC.
The results mean that Mumbai City and Hyderabad FC continue to hold the top two spots in the ISL table. Kerala Blasters moved into third with their sixth win in seven games. ATK Mohun Bagan slipped to fourth following their defeat. FC Goa and Odisha occupy the final playoff spots with the same points (19).
The penultimate gameweek of 2022 saw some great performances from some players. So let's take a look at the top five performers from Gameweek 12 of ISL 2022-23.
- Wilmar Jordan Gil (NorthEast United)
After losing their first 10 games of the season, the Colombian led his team to their first win of the year. Gil scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over ATK Mohun Bagan. He impressed with his overall gameplay on the night as well. The forward glanced at two shots and scored from one in the 70th minute.
Gil created two chances on the night and attempted one cross. Defensively, he made two clearances to help his side keep their first clean sheet of the season.
- Ivan Kaliuzhnyi (Kerala Blasters)
The midfielder once again led his side over the line against Odisha FC with his all-round performance in midfield. The 24-year-old midfielder had the most touches of any player on the night (64). He created two chances and attemp and completed 67% of his passes. in the attempts. As of 2022, Kaliuzhnyi made a huge seven tackles and two clearances to help his team keep a clean sheet. 2.
- Lallianzuala Chhangte (Mumbai City)
The Mizo winger continued to impress, scoring a virtuoso goal to propel Mumbai City past his former club Chennaiyin FC. After Thomas Brdaric's team took the lead, Chhangte scored a beautiful volley to tie the game for his team. Both of his attempted shots were on target, and Chhangte also created two chances on the night.
Chhangte completed 67% of his passes, but more importantly, he caused a lot of problems with his pace and movement on the right wing. Defensively, he won a tackle and made two clearances and one interception, respectively. Chhangte's decision-making and on-ball capabilities have improved massively since joining the Islanders. This certainly spells good news to see the winger finally play to his full potential and perform consistently for Mumbai City.
- Bartholomew Ogbeche (Hyderabad FC)
The veteran striker led his side's charge against Bengaluru FC. The Nigerian scored one, and his shot led to the second goal (later given as an own goal) in the 0-3 hammering of the Blues at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Ogbeche's all-round performance helped Hyderabad FC record their third win in a row after back-to-back defeats in mid-November.
- Iker Guarrotxena (FC Goa)
The Spaniard scored at both ends for the Gaurs against Jamshedpur FC. Guarrotxena was omnipresent for Goa and showed a tremendous work rate. He completed 91% of his passes and had the third-most touches by a Goa player (61). Defensively, he won one tackle and made two clearances while also blocking one shot. The Spaniard put in arguably his best performance yet for the Gaurs, and more importantly, his brace helped Carlos Pena's men claw back to get a point against Aidy Boothroyd's side.
Source: Football Arroyo