With AIFF decision to continue to promote I-league as India’s top domestic league football, old time favourite Mohun Bagan & East Bengal have got some confidence back in their game. West Bengal duo continues to dominate I-league table, as new kid in the block Mumbai and Bengaluru FC failed to impress in current season of the league.
East Bengal continues to enjoy their place at top with 21 points, whereas city rival Mohun Bagan registered a thumping 3-1 victory over DSK Shivajians at home to put themselves on level with them. In second match of the day, Mumbai FC and Bengaluru FC ended the game 0-0, and failed to impress and continues to stuck in the middle of the points table.
Hero Indian Super League team Chennaiyin FC forward Balwant Singh scored a brilliant double to stop DSK Shivajians at middle of the points table, and helped his team to take on level with city rival East Bengal. Shivajians had the lead from Milan Singh strike, but Balwant Singh chosen ahead of Indian international Jeje Lalpekhlua for the game scored a quick brace.
Balwant Singh scored for Mohun Bagan in 42nd & 44th minute of the match to give hosts 2-1 lead, and Yusa Katsumi strikes from the penalty spot in 89th minute sealed the deal ending Shivajians any comeback dream. It was a great day in the business for the hosts at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata.
In second match of the day, Mumbai & Bengaluru both failed to produce anything impressive to give some joy to the fans and were happy to share the spoil at The Cooperage Ground, Mumbai. Bengaluru captain, Sunil Chettri scored his record breaking goal against Aizwal FC on Wednesday, which takes his goal tally to 90 for Indian clubs as he skipped past former great Bhaichung Bhutia 89 goals record. But, it was a modest display from him against Mumbai City FC and his team was lucky to escape with a point from away fixture. It was Bengaluru fourth consecutive draw, but it was good enough to book their place in top four skipping past Shillong Lajong on goal difference, whereas eighth games without a win Mumbai City sits at eighth place on points table in bottom half.