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Goal takes a look at the I-League in its latest round which sees Salgaocar making a late surge for the title...

GOALBY   KAUSTAV BERA     Follow @hopelessk on twitter

In a gameweek which saw the Big guns firing on all cylinders, with Bengaluru returning to winning ways by thumping Churchill, Salgaocar too continued the late pursuit to the crown.

Bengaluru don't falter twice

After a disappointing loss against Rangdajied United last week, which saw their title hopes take a beating, the league leaders turned it around and responded in style. They thumped Churchill Brothers 3-0 with skipper, Sunil Chhetri among the goals again. Ashley Westwood and his men thus kept the critics in check who thought this could be the beginning of the end of Bengaluru. They still look in pole position to storm the league even if they have difficult away games coming up aplenty.

Relegation battle gets interesting

The topsy turvy I-League continues to throw up surprises galore as more and more teams get drawn into the relegation scramble. While Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting did no favours to each other when they shared points, Rangdajied smashed United Sporting Club 4-0 and thus dragged the Purple brigade too, into the relegation dogfight. With only one team facing the drop this season, this will be one of the most closely contested relegation affairs. 

Pune FC need to win their home games

Pune FC's title hopes seem to be vapourizing into thin air very quickly as they fail to close out games at home and somehow stopped a rampaging Shillong Lajong side by equalising in the dying minutes. This is a clutch of three draws on the trot before the defeat against Mohun Bagan in Kolkata. The title aspirants have failed to notch up a win in the second stint of the I-League and Mike Snoei has to get his house in order if he does not want to falter.

Dempo have turned on a new leaf

The revival of Dempo in the second stint of the I-League has been the stuff of legends. Down in the dumps last year struggling against fellow relegation hopefuls, Arthur Papas has rallied his squad and they have managed to climb the table at an alarming space and are now sitting sixth with 25 points. Case in point is that they have managed to win their last three encounters and in some style too thrashing high flyers Sporting Goa 4-0 recently. 

Sporting Goa have lost it since Federation Cup

For Dempo's next door neighbours however, it seems to be the other way around as they are in shambles as the I-League has restarted. After going down to a poor Mohammedan Sporting side 3-1 even when they were a man up for the better part of a half, they were thrashed by Dempo 4-0 in Goa. Oscar Bruzon hasn't replaced Arturo Garcia well as Martins Ekwueme has failed to perform so far.


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