Gokulam Kerala script incredible comeback to win maiden I-League title


Gokulam Kerala FC on Saturday clinched their maiden I-League title in spectacular style as they got here again from a objective down to beat TRAU 4-1 within the closing match of the season in Kolkata.

Bidyashagar Singh’s twenty third minute strike did little to cease the Gokulam juggernaut as objectives by Sharif Mohamed (69th), Emil Benny (74th), Dennis Antwi (77th) and Mohammad Rashid (90+6) handed them the trophy.

With Churchill Brothers profitable 3-2 towards Punjab FC within the day’s different match held concurrently at one other venue right here, Gokulam shared factors (29) with the Goan facet however have been topped champions on head-to-head file.

In the 2 matches the 2 sides had performed within the season, Churchill had received 3-2 as soon as whereas Gokulam had emerged 3-0 victorious within the different.

Gokulam thus certified for the group stage of the AFC Cup subsequent season, Asia’s second tier membership competitors, as I-League champions. They additionally grew to become the primary facet from Kerala to win the I-League title.

The profitable staff’s coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese couldn’t cover his pleasure at his gamers’ achievement.

“This is the best day of my life. I feel so happy and I feel amazing to be crowned a champion. I am immensely proud of my team and we deserved to be champions. We outscored all teams and we have played like champions in this season,” Annese mentioned.

“This means everything to me. This is my first season in India and it has already been a very special one. We have a very special team and nobody plays the style of football that we play,” he added.

Bidyshagar, a revelation within the I-League very similar to his staff TRAU, opened the scoring when he produced an excellent end from outdoors the field within the twenty third minute.

Just after resumption, Chanso Horam had a golden alternative to hand TRAU their second objective of the match however his chip shot went inches over the bar, following a nice counter-attacking transfer.

Gokulam ahead Dennis Antwi failed to discover the online within the 62nd minute as his header went agonisingly extensive off an Emil Benny cross from the appropriate flank.

Sharif Mohamed’s free kick within the 69th minute from the sting of the field grabbed the equaliser for Gokulam Kerala FC.

The comeback was nicely on track within the 74th minute when Emil Benny tussled previous his marker and slotted house via Amrit Gope’s legs to hand Gokulam the lead.

Three minutes later, Dennis Antwi scored to prolong the lead.

After TRAU participant Vincy Barreto was despatched off within the added time, Mohammed Rashid scored the fourth objective for Gokulam, including extra gloss to full the outstanding comeback.

In the opposite match, Churchill surged into the lead within the ninth minute when Clayvin Zuniga was introduced down contained in the field. Off the resultant penalty, Slovenian striker Luka Majcen transformed from the spot by sending rival custodian Jaspreet Singh the fallacious method.

Churchill doubled their lead within the twenty fifth minute via Zuniga who scored his second objective within the first half added time to give the Goan facet a 3-0 lead.

Facing an uphill job, Punjab FC managed to pull one again within the sixty fifth minute via Joseba Beitia and added one other 4 minutes later via Papa Diawara.

Gokulam pocketed Rs 1 crore as prize cash whereas the second, third and fourth-placed groups within the desk obtained Rs 60 lakh, Rs 40 lakh and Rs 25 lakh respectively.

Bidyashagar Singh (TRAU) received the best objective scorer award (Rs 2.5 lakh) together with Hero of the League Award (Rs 5 lakh). The Best goalkeeper award (Rs 2.5 lakh) went to Kiran Limbu of Punjab FC. Syed Abdul Rahim Award for finest coach went to Nandakumar Singh of TRAU.


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