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Goal.com summarizes all the action of the I-League and selects a team from the best performers of round 21.......

After a long hiatus, enforced due to India’s participation in the Challenge Cup, the I-League’s last phase started this past weekend, with no shortage of goals or drama.

Chirag United Kerala breathed new life into their I-League campaign, as their 3-2 win at home against Shillong Lajong propelled them out of the relegation zone.

Taking the Kerala based side’s place in the drop zone was Mumbai FC, who slumped to a morale crushing 3-0 loss to Prayag United at Kolkata.

Dempo SC rounded off Saturday’s action with a regulation 3-0 win against HAL Bangalore at home to keep themselves firmly positioned at the top of the league.

On Sunday, defending champions Salgaocar became the only Goan team to lose this matchweek, as they slumped to a 1-0 against East Bengal in Kolkata, though they did have two penalty calls waved off by the referee. The loss severely dented chances of Karim Bencherifa’s side defending their title while Trevor Morgan’s side still stay in the hunt.

The other two Goan side’s in action – Sporting Clube de Goa and Churchill Brothers, played out a 1-1 stalemate, which helped neither side in their aspirations to move ahead in the table.

Pune FC on the other hand gained massively from their slender 1-0 win over the toothless Pailan Arrows, moving up to fourth in the table.

Matchday 21 was rounded off by an entertaining 2-2 draw between Air India and Mohun Bagan under floodlights at the Balewadi stadium which definitely makes it even harder for the Mariners to overhaul Dempo SC in their quest for I-League glory.

TEAM OF ROUND 21

 

Sandip Nandy

East Bengal

Bello Rasaq
Prayag United

Keita Boubacar
SC de Goa

 

Raju Gaikwad
East Bengal

 

Zakeer M.
Churchill Bros.

Penn Orji
East Bengal

 

James Singh
Prayag United


 

Izumi Arata

Pune FC

Manandeep Singh
Air India

Kayne Vincent
Prayag United

 

C Vineeth
Chirag Kerala




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