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Triumphant Gokulam Kerala turn into first workforce to defend title in I-League period | Football News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Gokulam Kerala FC created historical past by changing into the primary workforce within the I-League period to defend its title with a 2-1 victory over Mohammedan Sporting in a becoming finale on Sunday.
Rishad PP, who performs as a defensive midfielder, put defending champions Gokulam Kerala forward together with his forty ninth minute strike to stun the partisan crowd of over 35,000 on the Salt Lake Stadium.
However, the house workforce was quickly celebrating because it discovered the equaliser within the 56th minute, when Marcus Joseph’s terrific free kick deflected off Azharuddin Mallick and received into the online.

The residence followers’ pleasure, although, was short-lived because the Malabarians regained the lead when Emil Benny, working into the ultimate third after receiving a move from Majcen and with no defenders in sight, discovered the again of the opponents’ web within the 61st minute.
No membership within the I-League period has defended its title. Kolkata facet East Bengal had achieved the feat within the time of the National Football League, the predecessor of I-League, by profitable title in 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.
Chasing a maiden I-League title, native heavyweights Mohammedan Sporting entered the match optimistic of getting the higher of the in-form facet from Kerala, particularly with loads of followers backing them from the stands.
However, the decided Malabarians didn’t let something come of their manner and deservingly gained the title for the second straight season.

The defending champions have had a terrific marketing campaign and entered the ultimate spherical recreation only one win away from clinching their second I League title in a row.
It wasn’t a straightforward process taking over the house workforce that was undefeated within the 5 matches performed within the playoffs, however Gokulam Kerala confirmed a variety of character and braveness to emerge winners.
Gokulam Kerala FC had been enjoying possession primarily based soccer as a draw was ample for them, whereas Mohammedan SC too moved shortly and regarded to assault.
Mohammedan SC got here very shut within the twenty fifth minute, however could not capitalise successfully because the ball was cleared by the Gokulam Kerala FC’s defenders.
In the forty second minute, Zothanmawia got here too far to defend however Gokulam’s Jourdaine Fletcher couldn’t make use of the blunder by the MDSC custodian.

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