The defending champions lift themselves off from the relegation zone thanks to a resolute performance by their goalkeeper...Welcome to Goal's new I-League feature: Top and Flop. For every game, a candidate will be put forward, as chosen by Goal, who deserves recognition for achieving something special. It won't necessarily be the best player in the league - but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. In the same vein, we will also name a player whose performance wasn’t up to the mark on the given day and eventually came to hurt his side.
|TOP: LALIT THAPA
The Churchill number one produced a string of acrobatic saves, especially after his side had taken a slender one-goal lead. Thapa notably came to the rescue in the 86th minute to keep out a shot from Yohei Iwasaki. That was before the Meghalayan team's skipper Eugeneson Lyngdoh almost saw his free-kick dip inside the left corner if not for the goalkeeper's diving save with ten minutes to go.
|FLOP: ALESH SAWANT
The youngster endured a frustrating evening as he wasn't able to combine well with his team-mates, especially on the left wing from where Churchill Brothers were able to deliver very few crosses. Sawant seemed to have lost his form in the Federation Cup where he was seen substituted in all five matches.
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