Wednesday, April 17

A 7-Goal Thriller: Gokulam Kerala Edges Past Aizawl FC in I-League Shootout (4-3)

The battle for the I-League title intensified on Thursday night as Gokulam Kerala edged past Aizawl FC in a pulsating 4-3 encounter. This victory propels Gokulam closer to the top spot, currently held by Mohammedan Sporting, but also highlights the competitive nature of the league.

Early Setback Ignites Fighting Spirit

Gokulam Kerala’s defense faltered in the 20th minute, allowing Lalbiakdika Vanlalvunga of Aizawl to capitalize and put the visitors ahead. However, this setback only served to ignite Gokulam’s fighting spirit. Just nine minutes later, Matija Babovic displayed his attacking prowess, weaving through multiple Aizawl defenders to find the equalizer.

Nikola Stojanovic Steps Up with a Wonder Strike

Gokulam continued to press forward, and their efforts were rewarded in the 43rd minute. Nikola Stojanovic unleashed a stunning shot from a difficult angle, leaving the Aizawl goalkeeper stranded and sending the home crowd into a frenzy. The lead, however, was short-lived.

Aizawl Responds with an Own Goal

A defensive lapse from Gokulam just before halftime resulted in an own goal by P. Akhil, bringing Aizawl back into the game. The score remained 2-2 at the break, leaving everything to be decided in the second half.

Second Half Heroics: Babovic Bags a Brace

The second half continued in the same vein, with both teams vying for the lead. Gokulam finally broke the deadlock again in the 65th minute. A swift counter-attack initiated by P.N. Noufal found Babovic, who slotted home his second goal of the match.

Aizawl Threatens Again, But Gokulam Holds On

Aizawl refused to give up, and Lalrinzuala Lalbiaknia pulled one back for the visitors in the 84th minute. The tension escalated as the clock ticked down, but Gokulam’s defense held firm, securing a vital three points.

Looking Ahead: The I-League Title Race Heats Up

This win keeps Gokulam in the hunt for the I-League title. However, with eight points separating them from Mohammedan Sporting, the road ahead remains challenging. This thrilling encounter highlights the competitiveness of the I-League, where every match promises a battle for supremacy. The remaining fixtures will be crucial for Gokulam and other title contenders, as they strive to dethrone the current leaders.

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