ISL Review: Playoffs race tightens amid empty stands

NorthEast United 0 Delhi Dynamos 1 Kalu Uche
It was a battle to avoid the wooden spoon in this season of the ISL. The attendance was poor for the match that ISL didn't publish the official numbers for it.
In a contest devoid of interest, Delhi Dynamos emerged the winner with the help of a late winner from its captain Kalu Uche.
Both teams are now level on points at 11, but Delhi has played two games fewer.
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1/6
FC Goa 0 Chennaiyin FC 1
The match up between these two teams has never lacked excitement with respect to the amount of goals scored in this fixture. But that was not the case during game week 16 at the Fatorda Stadium.
Chennayin came in with a plan of stifling the free-flowing Goa team and it managed to do by the skin of its teeth. In the process, the away side nicked a goal and the all important three points.
Henrique Sereno and Co. threw their bodies on the line to preserve the lead and moved a step closer to a play-off place.
Things look bleak for Goa with no wins from its last four games and six points of a top four place.
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2/6
Bengaluru FC 1 FC Pune City 1
Bengaluru, with its playoff place assured and with an eye on AFC group stage qualifiers, was there for the taking for FC Pune City.
It took an early lead in the form of youngster Sarthak Golui - his first goal in the competition.
Miku volleyed in his 12th goal of the season to preserve Bengaluru's unbeaten run to six games.
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3/6
NorthEast United 0 Kerala Blasters 1
NorthEast United slumped to its second home defeat of the week in a match that was watched by a mere 1,121 people.
Kerala Blasters continued its resurgence thanks to veteran English defender Wes Brown's first ISL goal.
David James-coached side is now placed fifth on the table with 24 points in 16 games.
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4/6
Chennaiyin FC 1 Jamshedpur FC 1
Jamshedpur's formula of taking a defensive approach to matches has bore fruit as it sits fourth in the table. In the first 45 minutes in Chennai, the method was again falling in place with the help of yet another Wellington Priori stunner to take the lead.
Chennaiyin upped its game in the second period and with a raucous home support coming alive, Mohammed Rafi sneaked in the equalising goal.
John Gregory would have been a pleased man with the effort considering his team had fallen victims to late goals at home earlier in the season.
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5/6
Mumbai City FC kept its hope of making the playoffs alive with this win, albeit a slim one.
Brazilian defender Marcio Rosario put on a man-of-the-match display in the back while scoring a sumptuous free-kick. Spanish forward Rafa Jorda restored the lead to take Mumbai level on points with FC Goa.
Both teams are on 20 points with Mumbai having played a match more than its state rival.
6/6