I-League: Aizawl occupies top spot with win

Aizawl FC has climbed to the top of the I-League points table with a 2-1 win over Shillong Lajong FC.

Mahmoud Al-Amna was the Hero of the Match.   -  AIFF OFFICIAL

Aizawl FC has remained impregnable at home with back-to-back wins in the I-League as it defeated Shillong Lajong FC 2-1. Lalruatthara and Jayesh Rane scored goals for Aizawl before Yuta Kinowaki reduced the gap with a late goal for the visitor. The victory gives Aizawl FC top spot in the points table, with seven points in three matches.

Mahmoud Al-Amna was declared the Hero of the Match, adding his second award in as many games.

Five minutes into the match, a penalty was defended by the home team. Defender Lalruatthara tackled Redeem Tlang in the box, but Albino Geovanni blocked the penalty taken by Lajong forward Fabio Pena.

In the 31st minute, Lalruatthara found the back of the net sending the crowd into a delirium. Alfred Jaryan, who had positioned himself in front of the net for Lalruatthara’s cross from the left flank, made a backheel, which was stopped by Vishal Kaith. Eventually, Lalruatthara tapped it home to draw the first blood for his team.

The second half resumed amidst a spectacular show of skills by both sides. Just three minutes into the second half, Fabio nearly equalised for his team but his shot failed to find the back of the net.

Jayesh Rane’s first goal for Aizawl

In the 63rd minute, former Mumbai FC midfielder Jayesh Rane scored his first goal for Aizawl FC. Syrian midfielder Mahmoud Al-Amna outran fellow defenders dribbling the ball in the left flank and had his cross converted by Rane.

Aizawl FC was penalised once again when Kingsley Eze fouled former Aizawl FC player Kinowaki, who took the penalty and scored the first Lajong goal of the season in the 83rd minute.

Lajong pushed to draw the match but Aizawl’s defenders kept their vigil on the Lajong attackers to get away with all three points finally.

With the defeat, Lajong is yet to open its account in the ongoing season.

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