I-League Matchday 9

Indian Arrows vs Aizawl FC

Indian Arrows played out a 0-0 draw against Aizawl FC, at the Barabati Stadium.

NEROCA FC vs Churchill Brothers

NEROCA locked horns against Churchill Brothers at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium. The home team scored the first goal in the first minute of the match through Katsumi Yusa (1′). Khalid Aucho (37′) equalized for Churchill to make it 1-1 at the end of the first half. The second half saw no goals until the dying stages of the game, when NEROCA talisman Katsumi Yusa scored his second and the winner. The match ended 2-1 in favor of NEROCA.

Gokulam FC vs Real Kashmir

Gokulam locked horns against Real Kashmir at the EMS Stadium. The home team went ahead through Pritam Singh (20′) and the first half remained 1-0. In the second half, Surchandra Singh (69′) equalized for Real Kashmir.¬† The match ended 1-1.

Minerva Punjab vs Chennai City

Minerva played Chennai City at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium. The match ended deadlocked at 0-0.

East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan

The first leg of the biggest rivalry in Asia, the Kolkata derby, took place at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan. It was a must win game for both the Kolkata Giants. The Mariners drew first blood through Azharuddin Mallick’s (13′) goal. However within minutes, Laldanmawia Ralte (17′) equalized for East Bengal, in what seemed to be a controversial goal as the striker was in an offside position allegedly when he was played the ball. Tempers flaired as players from both sides received yellow cards for making rash tackles. Just before the end of the first half, Jobby Justin (44′) scored for the Red and Gold brigade to give them the lead. The second half saw the Mariners captain Kingsley Obumneme sent-off at the hour mark. East Bengal were very quick to pounce upon and Laldanmawia Ralte (61′) scored his second to make it 3-1. With one man down, Bagan played quite valiantly and we’re rewarded when Asier Dipanda Dicka (75′) got one back to give the Mariners some hope for earning a point. However, a controversial penalty decision went against them and the match ended 3-2 in favor of East Bengal.

Minerva Punjab vs Mohun Bagan

Minerva welcomed Mohun Bagan at their home turf, Tau Devi Lal Stadium. The first half remained 0-0, as the Mariners displayed strong resilience after the Derby defeat. In the last stages of the second half, Henry Kisekka (80′) scored one for Bagan to earn them a crucial away win.