Shillong Lajong vs Aizawl FC, I-League highlights: Aizawl FC become champions
Aizawl FC played a 1-1 draw against Shillong Lajong to become the new champions of the I-League and the first ever club from the northeast to win the top-flight title. Catch highlights of Shillong Lajong vs Aizawl FC herefootball Updated: Apr 30, 2017 21:27 IST
Aizawl FC have done the impossible! The Khalid Jamil-coached side played a 1-1 draw against Shillong Lajong in their final game of the league season to become the first ever club from the northeast to win the I-League title. Catch highlights of Shillong Lajong vs Aizawl FC here. (LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS)
21:20 hrs IST: That’s it from us for today! Thank you for joining us for the live coverage of the match.
21:10 hrs IST: From being relegated last season to coming back into the top-flight and winning the title, what a story this has been! Aizawl FC are the new champions of India, let that sink in!
21:04 hrs IST: It’s all over! Aizawl FC are the new champions of the I-League!
21:00 IST: CLOSE! Aizawl survive! Dicka’s shot hits the upright from close range!
20:56 hrs IST: Four minutes of stoppage time left in the game now.
20:51 hrs IST: Less than five minutes to go. Aizawl FC will win the title if they hold on for a draw.
20:44 hrs IST: Mohun Bagan have taken the lead in Kolkata! Aizawl must avoid defeat in Shillong now in order to win the title.
20:43 hrs IST: The travelling Aizawl FC fans are absolutely loving it in Shillong!
20:38 hrs IST: In Kolkata, Mohun Bagan are turning on the screw against Chennai City. Striker Jeje replaces medio Sehnaj Singh.
20:35 hrs IST: GOAL! Substitute William equalises for Aizawl FC! The I-League title is heading to Aizawl as it stands!
20:30 hrs IST: CLOSE! Aizawl come very close from a goal-mouth scramble, but the ball is eventually grabbed safely by Lajong goalkeeper Vishal Kaith.
20:25 hrs IST: Aizawl FC put the ball inside the net, but it’s ruled out for offside. It’s very tight in Shillong!
20:22 hrs IST: What a miss! Jayesh Rane puts it well over the bar after the ball is laid off to hom just a few feet in front of the goal.
20:16 hrs IST: Aizawl pile some early second half pressure on Lajong. The hosts are defending well with a compact backline.
20:13 hrs IST: The second half kicks off in both the matches.
20:07 hrs IST: Aizawl FC fans are in good voice today, despite their club trailing at half time.
19:57 hrs IST: It’s half time in Shillong, and Lajong lead 1-0 at the moment. In the other game, Mohun Bagan are level 1-1 against Chennai City at the breather. It’s going to be an interesting second half!
19:55 hrs IST: Mohun Bagan have scored in Kolkata! It’s 1-1 in that game. Aizawl FC hearts will be beating very fast at the moment.
19:50 hrs IST: Big crowd in Shillong today for the game. Quite a few of them Aizawl FC fans. If the results of both the games stay the same, they will have a happy trip back to Aizawl.
19:44 hrs IST: Back in Shillong, Lajong survive after Bayi’s audacious backheel is cleared from the goalline.
19:41 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Chennai City have taken the lead against Mohun Bagan in Kolkata.4
19:40 hrs IST: Aizawl have a free kick from a promising position. Mahmoud Al Amna’s effort is well above the bar.
19:38 hrs IST: Aizawl FC forward Dipanda Dicka is brought down inside the Lajong box. The referee waves the penalty appeals down.
19:33 hrs IST: Dipanda Dicka is fouled just near the Aizawl penalty box. Kingsley Eze goes into the referee’s book. Lajong have a free kick in a very dangerous position. Gomes makes a good save from the free kick.
19:31 hrs IST: Meanwhile in Kolkata, Mohun Bagan are dominating the proceedings against Chennai City. The final day of the I-League season is well set up for a very dramatic finish.
19:28 hrs IST: Jayesh Rane has been quite lively so far. He will be key to Aizawl’s hopes here.
19:22 hrs IST: Bagan must win vs Chennai City to stand any chance of winning the I-League title. They will be pleased to hear about the proceedings in Shillong.
19:18 hrs IST: GOAL! This was not on the script. Dipanda Dicka heads in for Lajong to give the hosts a 1-0 lead!
19:15 hrs IST: Lajong win another corner after soaking some early pressure from Aizawl. They fail to make much out of it. It’s been a goof start to the game!
19:09 hrs IST: The match kicks off in Shillong. Lajong are on the attack straight away. The win a corner, but it is headed away by the Aizawl defence.
18:55 hrs IST: The teamsheets are out. Aizawl FC are missing the services of two key players, Ashtosh Mehta and Alfred Jaryan. Lajong, as has been the case throughout the season, are fielding a side full of U-22 players.
18:45 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Shillong Lajong vs Aizawl FC game. A controversial start to the day as Aizawl have expressed their displeasure over the appointment of match officials from Bengal. They had earlier written to AIFF for appointment of referees from neutral states in games involving them or Mohun Bagan.
Aizawl FC unhappy over the choice of today's officials. Had conveyed to AIFF their request for 'neutral' match officials earlier this month. pic.twitter.com/6xnGLlQph5— Bhargab Sarmah (@BhargabSarmah) April 30, 2017
Coached by Khalid Jamil, Aizawl FC have scripted a spectacular run in the I-League, garnering 36 points from 17 games to sit atop the standings, three points ahead of second-placed Mohun Bagan.
Ahead a stunning 1-0 win at home against Bagan, Aizawl will hope to avoid any hiccups in Shillong.
Aizawl will be missing the services of Alfred Jaryan and Ashutosh Mehta, two key players of their campaign, which will be cause of concern for Jamil.
Lajong, on the other hand, have only pride to play for in what is being termed as the ‘Northeast derby’.
The Thangboi Singto-coached side are assured of their highest ever finish in the I-League regardless of today’s result.
With 25 points from their 17 games, Lajong, boasting of the youngest squad in the league, will finish the season in fifth place.
However, coach Singto has warned Aizawl not to expect any favours from his side, while Lajong owner Larsing Ming has said his team is ‘desperate’ for three points from the match, saying today’s encounter ‘even eclipses the Kolkata derby’.
First Published: Apr 30, 2017 18:41 IST