South Asia Domestic Wrap: Churchill Brothers, ATK stay ahead in India
New Delhi: It was another week of riveting action in the I-League and Indian Super League (ISL) as the pacesetters remained at the top of their respective standings.
Churchill Brothers recorded an impressive 4-2 away win over Mohun Bagan to stay top of the I-League on goal difference ahead of Gokulam, who defeated Indian Arrows 1-0.
ATK scored an emphatic 3-0 win over Northeast United in the ISL to move to 14 points, one ahead of defending champions Bengaluru FC. Join the-AFC.com as we review the action.
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I-League: Churchill Brothers impress in win over Mohun Bagan
Matchday Two of the I-League saw Churchill Brothers travelling to the Kalyani Stadium and it was trip worth three points as Willis Plaza (2nd, 36th) scored a brace with Robert Primus (28th) and Radanfah Abu Bakr (76th) contributing one each in the 4-2 win.
Churchill Brothers made it two wins in two while Mohun Bagan await their first victory after having played to a 0-0 draw with Aizawl FC in their opening match.
Indian Arrows 🏹 gave their best 👌🏻 but Henry Kisseka's solo strike was enough for @GokulamKeralaFC to plunder all 3⃣ points.— Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) December 6, 2019
ARW 0⃣-1⃣ GKFC#HeroILeague 🏆 #IndianFootball ⚽️ #LeagueForAll 🤝 #ARWGKFC ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/65J5Kmic01
Gokulam also stayed perfect as they defeated Indian Arrows 1-0, with Henry Kissekka scoring the winner in the 49th minute as they held on for the three points despite Andre Ettienne's sending off in the 78th minute.
In other matches, Minerva and East Bengal settled for a 1-1 draw while NEROCA defeated Aizawl FC 1-0.
ISL: ATK on top as challengers hover
ATK topped the ISL with a 3-0 win over Northeast United but it was a week in which the challengers kept pace with the leaders.
With most teams having played seven matches, ATK - on 14 points - are just one ahead of Bengaluru with Goa (12), Jamshedpur (11) and Northeast (10) all within striking distance.
Saturday's win, however, was crucial for ATK as defeat would have seen Bengaluru, Goa and Northeast overtake them at the end of Matchday 7.
David Williams (11th) and Roy Krishna (35th, 90+4) ensured ATK stayed ahead as Bengaluru - with Juanan providing the solitary strike - edging Odisha.
Goa also carved out a 1-0 win, with Manvir Singh the hero with his 68th minute effort seeing off Hyderabad's challenge.
Mumbai City and Kerala Blasters played to a 1-1 draw while Jamshedpur will host Chennaiyin FC on Monday.
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