Chennai City completed a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Minerva Punjab to win the 2018-19 I-League title on
Roland Bilala (3') had handed Minerva Punjab a shock lead. But Pedro Manzi (56') scored from the spot to equalise before Gaurav Bora's brace (69' and 90+3') sealed the title for the Akbar Nawas-coached side.
On the other hand, Minerva Punjab made three alterations starting with Nidhin Lal replacing Arshdeep Singh in goal. Moinuddin Khan and Sreyas V.G. were also dropped to make way for Roland Bilala and Makan Chothe.
It was a bright start from Chennai City but Minerva drew first blood in the third minute through Roland Bilala. Juan Quero swung in an
Chennai did not have their usual fluidity in the attacking third and
Minerva defended deep inside their own half and Chennai managed to have only one shot on target in the first 45 minutes.
Chennai City came out all guns blazing in the second half in search of their equaliser. Vanspaul was denied by the woodwork in the 52nd minute but the hosts got their opener four minutes later when Manzi converted from the spot. Akashdeep Singh handled the ball inside the box and referee Santosh Kumar had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.
The Southerners were a completely different side after the break and they changed gears after the equaliser. Around the hour
In the 69th
In injury time, Bora completed his brace in a similar fashion when he scored from another corner by Sandro, this time via his head.
With 43 points from 20