The seventh round matches of I League were interesting combination with battle of minnows somewhere, while the top club facing the bottom club on the other side and in the same round, the second places side facing the third placed side.
There were some exciting matches for the viewers and football fans and here we bring you the summary of entire round matches.
Minerva Punjab 2 Mumbai FC 1
The very first match of this round threw up a big surprise when new-comers Minerva Punjab FC recorded their first ever victory in the top-tier of the national league. In a game which was expected to be bread and butter for Santosh Kashyap’s side , it turned out to be a disaster for them.
Baoringdao Bodo opened the scoring in 57th minute, en route becoming the youngest scorer in the history of India’s premier football league. Anirudh Thapa took just ten more minutes for Aniruddh Thapa to double the lead. Karan Swahney pulled back one for the visitors ten minutes later, but ultimately the Warriors were able to hold on their lead and record their first ever victory in the I-League.
Mohun Bagan 3 Aizawl FC 2
In one of the most exciting matches of the season so far, surprise package Aizawl FC gave a tough fight to Mohun Bagan before losing the plot in closing stages.
Darryl Duffy opened the scoring for the Mariners in the second minute but Jayesh Rane scored just before the end of first half to make sure the teams went unseperated at half time. Jeje scored 18 minutes into the second half to get back the lead but Ashutosh Mehta headed in his second goal of the season to restore parity for the second time. However, the same man turned villain for his side towards the closing stages when he brought down Katsumi to concede a penalty. Duffy calmly slotted it home from spot to win it for Bagan.
Shillong Lajong FC 1 Churchill Brothers 0
Shillong Lajong FC continued their onward home march with an unimpressive 1-0 victory against struggling Churchill Brothers.
Dicka turned out to be the hero for the fourth straight game when he pounced upon a lapse in collecting the ball by Churchill goalkeeper Priyant Singh and sent in a powerful shot into the back of the net. The win took Shillong to fourth in the standings momentarily, a feat too good after losing first three matches of the season.
East Bengal 3 Chennai City FC 0
The early leaders East Bengal demonstrated another power packed performance and nailed three goals past helpless Chennai to consolidate their position at the top.
Although the Southerners were able to hold the diminutive Red and Gold frontline goalless for first half, it just took five minutes for Wedson Anseleme in second half to open the scoring. Wills Plaza doubled the lead few minutes later and Lalrindika Ralte scored from the spot in the injury time to round-off the scoring for Kolkata Giants. The victory was a sound warning to Mohun Bagan regarding the form of their arch-rivals ahead of Kolkata derby.
DSK Shivajians 2 Bengaluru FC 2
Bengaluru FC came back from two-goals down to save their faces and dropped points in third consecutive league game. Shivajian’s gave a good account of what they can do when their side gels properly after Holicharan Narzary scored on either sides of the halftime whistle to send the Pune outfit 2-0 up within 51 minutes.
Old war-horse Sunil Chettri responded in the pressure situation by pegging a goal back in the 75th minute but the Reds seemed to be running away with three points. However, in what turned out to be a huge disappointment for home fans, Salam Ranjan Singh scored in the last-minute of regulation time to make sure that Blues ‘ got at least a point from the away fixture.
With 19 points in bag from first seven games, East Bengal look set to go into the I League break as leaders unless some catastrophe happens at Kanchenjunga stadium in Shilliguri. At the same time, Blues’ will have to bring their campaign back on track if they want to challenge for title this year.
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