Far from diluting the competition pool, the new teams in the expanded AFC Champions League showed they can match up against the tournament's best.
Goa showed they are no pushovers with a hard-fought draw vs a superior opponent on their ACL debut.
Tractor FC struck late to salvage a 3-3 draw against Pakhtakor Tashkent after all six goals were scored in the second half.
Goa put on a defensive masterclass to hold Al Rayyan to a goalless draw.
Here's what to expect as FC Goa become the first Indian side to compete in the ACL group stages.
Ahead of the start of West Zone action in AFC Champions League 2021, we look at the five major talkings points from Asia's premier club competition.
The two finalists make the bulk of the team, but who else makes the cut?
After 210 minutes of drama spread over three days, Goa and Mumbai gave us a fitting finale.
Rowllin Borges scored the winning penalty after aggregate scores remained tied after extra time in second leg.
The fear of Mourtada Fall, ISL's most terrifying defender, was Goa's undoing vs Mumbai.
Goa squandered the lead twice as goals from Boumous and Fall helped Mumbai earn a 2-2 draw.
Here are the keys for underdogs Goa to stop the Mumbai juggernaut in the semis.
With the ISL league stage over, we take a look at how each team has performed this season.
PLUS: Odisha finish in style and Hyderabad win everyone's heart in this week's ISL musings.
A dramatic final day saw Mumbai and Goa get the job done.
Dheeraj Singh's late heroics helped Goa hold on to a 0-0 draw.
Hyderabad FC need a win, FC Goa need just a draw. Who will qualify to the playoffs of ISL 2020-21?
PLUS: Jamshedpur show encouraging signs and Chennaiyin's playoff hopes come to a disappointing end.
Goals from Igor Angulo and Redeem Tlang helped FC Goa see off Bengaluru FC.
The win helped Goa go fourth, and strengthen their playoff hopes.
PLUS: Northeast in sight of playoffs and Kerala Blasters' porous defence in this week's ISL musings.
Ishan Pandita's injury-time goal helped Goa stay on course for a playoffs berth.
Goa came back twice to draw 3-3 with leaders Mumbai and went back up to third in the ISL table.
NorthEast United held FC Goa to a 2-2 draw to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
Goals from Igor Angulo and Danny Fox saw FC Goa and SC East Bengal share the spoils in a match where Edu Bedia was sent off.