I-League: NEROCA FC get the better of Gokulam Kerala

NEROCA FC players celebrate a goal. Photo: Twitter@ILeagueOfficial

Imphal: NEROCA FC pulled off a 2-1 win over defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC in the I-League here on Sunday.

Sweden Fernandes gave the hosts the perfect start by scoring in the 11th minute.

Mirjalol Kasimov made it 2-0 in the 63rd. Though Aminou Bouba  pulled one back in the 77th, Gokulam were unable to find the equaliser.

The defeat meant Gokulam could not capitalise on RoundGlass Punjab FC dropping points after conceding a last-minute equaliser (1-1) to bottom-placed Sudeva Delhi in the early kick-off.

Srinidi Deccan lead Punjab on goal difference and top the table with 31 points from 15 matches. Gokulam are in third place with 24 points from 14 games.

NEROCA stay in 10th spot in the 12-team competition with 17 points from 15 matches, courtesy their third home win on the trot.

Gokulam next meet Punjab in Kozhikode on Thursday.

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