Five things we learnt from I-League Round Thirteen

Goal summarizes Round thirteen of the I-League which saw a rampaging Mariners return to form...

GOALBY   Kaustav Bera    Follow @hopelessk on twitter

Round thirteen of the I-League was lit up by Mohun Bagan finally coming good, inspired by their new recruit Christopher Chizoba soundly thrashing United SC 4-0 at the Salt Lake stadium while Pune FC and Salgaocar continued to struggle.

Mariners have finally set sail

The success story of the round was undoubtedly Mohun Bagan who romped to a 4-0 victory over high flying United SC. After being down in the dumps having lost to relegation battling Rangdajied United last time around, the Mariners needed a turnaround and fast if they had to save face. Having recruited Christopher Chizoba in place of the ineffective Eric Muranda, the striker scored a brace on debut. Yet it was more satisfying to see skipper Odafa Okolie back in the thick of things as he scored one and assisted two others in a thumping victory.

Bengaluru seemed to have made Goa their second home

Bengaluru FC seem to have everything going for them now. If their frightening home form wasn't enough where they are unbeaten in seven, they now look like they've gotten rid of their woeful form on the road with Goa proving to be their home away from home. Having beaten Salgaocar in Round 11, it was Churchill Brothers' turn to face the music as they were beaten 3-1 in their own backyard. 

Pune's struggles continue

Pune FC have failed to replace the towering Raul Fabiani up front as Mustapha Riga has so far failed to click to do the business for Mike Snoei's team. Time is also running out as an unexpected defeat to Mumbai FC have them trailing league leaders Bengaluru by five points now. 

Sporting Goa gung ho in the title chase

Bengaluru's run at the top of the table is being challenged by the unlikeliest of sides in Oscar Bruzon's Sporting clube de Goa who are quietly going about their task of picking up three points without too much fuss. Two 1-0 victories against the Goan clubs means they have successfully recovered from the set-back at the hands of Salgaocar and are back on track.   

Mumbai FC continue their giant killing form 

Mumbai FC seemed to have continued from where they left off in the last round as the return of the veteran Yusif Yakubu galvanized Khalid Jamil's side who could be on for great things. After thrashing East Bengal, it was time for Pune FC to face their wrath as they overcame the Red Lizards 2-1 in Pune courtesy of yet another excellent display by Yakubu. 

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