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I-League: Neroca down Gokulam to go top

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Feb 5, 2018, 1:24 am IST
Updated : Feb 5, 2018, 1:25 am IST

Liberian defender Varney Kallon Kiatamba scored the wining goal two minutes before half-time.

Neroca FC’s Varney Kallon Kiatamba celebrates his goal in their I-League match against Gokulam Kerala FC in Imphal on Sunday. Neroca won 1-0.
 Neroca FC’s Varney Kallon Kiatamba celebrates his goal in their I-League match against Gokulam Kerala FC in Imphal on Sunday. Neroca won 1-0.

New Delhi: Neroca FC defeated Gokulam Kerala FC by a solitary goal to claim the I-League top spot in Imphal on Sunday.

Liberian defender Varney Kallon Kiatamba scored the wining goal two minutes before half-time.

The win propelled Neroca to 27 points from seven matches, one ahead of Minerva Punjab FC who have two matches in hand. Gokulam remained rooted to the bottom with 10 points from 12 outings.

Neroca opened the goal mouth on multiple occasions within the first 25 minutes. But failed to score.

Kiatamba broke the deadlock in the 44th minute from Nedo Turkovic’s pass. The defender took advantage of a fumble from Gokulam goalkeeper Bilal Khan to score.

Neroca will next host North-eastern rivals Aizawl FC on February 10 whereas the Kerala outfit will travel to Kolkata to face Mohun Bagan two days later.

EB revive Title bid
Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi’s injury-time strike helped East Bengal revive their title bid with a 1-0 win over Indian Arrows in Barasat, near Kolkata.

The hosts squandered half a dozen chances till the veteran striker scored in the third minute of added time to claim their first win after four matches. East Bengal (23 points, 13 matches) jumped to third ahead of Mohun Bagan (20, 12 games).

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