East Bengal consolidated their lead at the top of the I-League table after securing their fifth win of the season, a 2-0 victory against Mumbai FC. Willis Plaza scored two quick goals in the first half to hand Mumbai their fourth loss in the competition.
Plaza opened the scoring in the 10th minute, taking down a Rahul Bheke cross on his chest before deceiving the keeper Kunal Sawant and slotting the ball into the far post with his left foot. Seven minutes later, Plaza doubled his tally after smashing a shot into the net, again with his left foot.
Mumbai coach Santosh Kashyap's evening got worse when in the second half, the substitute Victorino Fernandes had to be stretchered off after colliding with East Bengal fullback Narayan Das.
Aizawl snatch late win
Aizawl FC got back to winning ways in the I-League as they snatched a 1-0 win over DSK Shivajians, thanks to a late goal from the substitute Brandon Vanlalremdika.
Most of the game was reduced to a scrap in midfield, starving both teams off clear cut chances. Aizawl had a chance to break the deadlock in the 79th minute, but Seita Singh's effort was blocked by the Shivajians goalkeeper Poirei.
However, the home side became more fluent in the attacking third as the game neared its end, and Brandon eventually converted a half-chance to give Aizawl their fourth win of the season.
Minerva hold Churchill to goalless draw
Minverva Punjab FC and Churchill Brothers played out a goalless draw at the Guru Nanak Stadium. Minerva, who were coming off a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of East Bengal, played a high pressing game to thwart Churchill's attacks.
Minerva had the better chances in the first half to break the deadlock, but winger David Ngaihte failed to convert a one-on-one, while Kareem Omolaja's free-kick rattled the crossbar. For Churchill, Eugeneson Lyngdoh came close to scoring after being played through by Anthony Wolfe, but he was denied by the centre-half Arshpreet Singh.
Minerva now have two points from six matches while Churchill have five from six games.