I-League: Chennai City survives late NEROCA scare, Aizawl FC stages comeback

Goals from Demir Avdic and Mohamed Iqbal guided Chennai City FC to a thrilling 2-1 victory over NEROCA FC at the KBK Stadium, despite a Romtan Singh strike.

Action from the Chennai City FC vs NEROCA FC I-League 2020-21 encounter in Kolkata on Thursday.   -  I-League Media

Former champion Chennai City FC ended its Hero I-League campaign on a high beating NEROCA FC 2-1 at the Kishore Bharati Stadium on Thursday.

Mohamed Iqbal found the winner in the added time to secure the win for Chennai City, which finished third in Group B (relegation leg) table with 15 points from 14 outings.

Demir Avdic found the lead for Chennai City in the first half before it was levelled by NEROCA’s Romtan Singh in the final minute of the second half. NEROCA, which was already relegated with a round to spare, tallied eight points from 14 matches to end at the bottom of the table.

Aizawl FC beats 10-man Sudeva Delhi

Later in the evening, another former champion Aizawl FC found two late goals to upturn the challenge of debutant Sudeva Delhi FC 2-1 to complete the Group B fixtures, at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium.

Kean Lewis scored in the 42nd minute which kept Sudeva Delhi ahead till the last minute of the regulation time when substitute Rohmingthanga Bawlte found the equaliser for Aizawl FC.

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Brandon Vanlalremdika found the target from the spot in the final minute of added time to secure the win for Aizawl FC.

Sudeva Delhi was reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute when Sairuatkima was sent off.

Aizawl FC finished its campaign on top of the group with 24 points from 14 matches while Sudeva Delhi finished second with 18 points.

The result:

NEROCA 1 (Romtan Singh 90) lost to Chennai City FC 2 (Demir Avdic 24, Mohamed Iqbal 90+4).

Aizawl FC 2 (Rohmingthanga Bawlte 90, Brandon Vanlalremdika 90+6-pen) bt Sudeva Delhi FC 1 (Kean Lewis 42).