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I-League: Wins for Chennai, Lajong

Chennai City secured a 2-0 victory against Minerva Punjab at the Guru Nanak Stadium, with goals from Michael Soosairaj and Charles De Souza giving the visitors a much-needed three points.

Chennai took the lead in the 41st minute, as Soosairaj raced on to a ball from Charles and calmly slotted past the keeper Das Sharma.

Minerva made two changes at the start of the second half with David Ngaihte and Souvik Das coming on. However, the hosts were unable to find and equalizer, and Chennai eventually doubled their lead right at the end, Charles beating Das with a fine effort.

The win took Chennai to seventh in the table, while Minerva are still second from bottom.

Shillong Lajong held on for a 3-2 win against DSK Shivajians at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune. Isaac Vanmalsawma scored Lajong's first goal tonight in the 14th minute. Samuela Lamuanpuia scored the second goal in the 52nd minute while Redeem Tlang netted the winner in the 93rd; all three goals were provided by Under-22 players.

After Lampuanpuia and Isaac had powered Lajong to a 2-0 lead by the 52nd minute, Shivajians clawed their way back to 2-2 thanks to goals from Milan Singh and the substitute Pranjal.

However, Tlang, a product of the Shillong Lajong Academy who came on as a substitute in place of Rupert Nongrum at the start of the second half, scored the winning goal deep into injury time, heading the ball into the net after meeting a cross from the right by Samuel Shadap.

At the Cooperage Stadium in Mumbai, Churchill Brothers and Mumbai FC played out a goalless draw, a result that does little to help either team; the hosts currently have only 11 points and sit rock bottom at 10th in the table.

Chances were few and far between for either team, with Mumbai coming closest to breaking the deadlock just before half-time, as the striker Alex Willian Silva headed against the crossbar.