Bagan win not enough for title
Mohun Bagan went into their final match of the season in Kolkata knowing that even a win would not be enough against Chennai City FC, and their first-half appearance belied the morale of a side beaten in their previous match against Aizawl FC. They won 2-1, but had to settle for second place in the league table following Aizawl's dramatic draw against Shillong Lajon.
Bagan had the first two best chances of the match in the first half, though, especially with Balwant Singh and Darryl Duffy taking advantage of crosses from the wings to test goalkeeper Karanjit Singh, but the Chennai goalkeeper was at his best. Chennai would take the lead in the 31st minute through Nandha Kumar, after being put through by the industrious midfielder Edwin Vanspaul from the left.
Mohun Bagan fought back through captain Katsumi Yusa, who used the outside of his right foot to beat Karanjit with a first-time shot just outside the penalty box in the first minute of added time in the first half. The hosts then put more pressure on their opponents, with striker Jeje Lalpekhlua coming on for Sehnaj Singh, though it was Duffy who would convert in the 77th minute from a cross whipped in low from the right.
Bagan goalkeeper Debjit Majumder was later shown a straight red for handling the ball outside the penalty box when Chennai City attacker Soosai Raj was attempting to get to a long ball hauled his way. Majumder's replacement Shibinraj had to survive a few anxious moments before seeing the 2015 champions over the line in the game. But not quite in the overall picture.
Minerva fight back for 4-4 draw
Minerva Punjab staged a spectacular fightback in their final league game, drawing 4-4 with DSK Shivajians. Minerva began poorly, conceding in the 10th minute, as Kim Seong Yong beat the offside trap to coolly convert. DSK scored two more goals before half-time, as Kim and Juan Quero fired them into a 3-0 lead.
The first signs of a comeback by Minerva Punjab surfaced in the 46th minute when Khosla won and converted his penalty, conceded by Gourmangi Singh. Chhangte sped through on goal only to see his effort saved by Arshdeep, who came sweeping out.
Minerva pulled another goal back 20 minutes later, when Victor Amobi's run into the box saw him pass the ball to Khosla, who scored his second of the evening with a neat finish into the bottom corner. DSK appeared to have finally secured the win when Vanlalremkima scored to make it 4-2, but Minerva's spirits were once again raised when Amobi latched on to a cross and calmly converted.
Then, in the 94th minute, DSK's offside trap went awry, as a lofted pass into the box was controlled by Simranjeet Singh, who made it 4-4 with a cheeky finish. It turned out be the last kick of the game.