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I-League: Lajong beat Churchill to climb to 4th spot; EB rout Chennai

Last updated on: February 05, 2017 22:57 IST

Dipanda Dicka's solitary second half goal gave Shillong Lajong their fourth home win of the season as they beat Churchill Brothers 1-0 in a seventh round I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on  Sunday.

Action from the match between Shillong Lajong and Churchill Brothers during the I-League match on SundayDicka struck in the 51st minute taking his tally to six goals this season and also ensuring that his side registered their first ever victory over Churchill at home.

The victory, fourth in a row, took Lajong to 12 points from seven matches and they jumped to fourth spot in the standings for the first time in three seasons.

Churchill remained at five points and have a lot of catching up to do in the coming matches.

EB rout Chennai for six wins in a row

East Bengal struck thrice after a barren first-half to rout debutants Chennai City FC 3-0 and extend their winning streak to six matches consolidating their position atop the table in I-League football on Sunday.

Wedson Anselm (50th), Willis Deon Plaza (75th) and Lalrindika Ralte (90+6th) scored for East Bengal in front of a packed crowd at the Vidyasagar Krirangan to hand Chennai their fifth loss on the trot.

The win ahead of a week of high-profile derby against Mohun Bagan matched their six-match winning streak of 2010-11 season as they consolidated their place atop the table with 19 points from seven matches, three points clear of their arch-rivals who have a match in hand.

Anselm opened up the lead from Ralte's lob from 23 yards as the Haitian midfielder used his left foot for a first touch to find the far post, taking a slight deflection off Yumnam Raju.

There was no looking back for the red and gold brigade as Trinidad and Tobago forward WillisDeonPlaza surged in for one-two with Wedson before the former shot inside the goal to double the lead.

There was more in store after the referee added six minutes to the regulation time as Thongkhosiem Haokip was brought down by Echezona Anyichie for a dying minute spot-kick and Ralte made no mistake to complete the rout.

Shivajians hold Bengaluru FC 2-2

In what could be termed as their best match of the I-League season, DSK Shivajians held defending champions Bengaluru FC to a 2-2 draw at the Balewadi Stadium on Sunday.

Holicharan Narzary (41st and 55th minute) was the hero for DSK Shivajians as he scored on either side of the break.

For Bengaluru, Sunil Chhetri (74th) and Salam Ranjan Singh (90+1) scored to earn a point from the match.

Image: Action from the match between Shillong Lajong and Churchill Brothers during the I-League match on Sunday

Photograph: Shillong Lajong/I-League

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