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I-League 2017-18: Lajong beats Neroca, provides another lifeline to Kolkata Giants

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Internet Desk: Kolkata Giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan get another lifeline and league leaders Minerva gets another respite, as Shillong Lajong hands title-chasing Neroca FC by 2-0 at Imphal today. Neroca, who seemed to be a resilient force this season, stumbled right when they were expected to advance their chances.

Saihou Jagne scored a goal as he Got a long ball ahead, dealt with two defenders in the box with ease and put the ball past Shambhu Mistry, the goalkeeper. To give Lajong the important lead. Abdoulaye Koffi doubled the tally in the 18th minute as his header from a Novin Gurung's brilliant cross hits the bar and then goes in. All that Mistry could do was to look on helplessly.

Koffi got the hero of the match award. Neroca also got some chances as Subash Singh headed a ball over the crossbar in the dying minutes of the game. Earlier, Rakesh Pradhan had an exciting run in the wings and sent a cross in but Saihou Jagne couldn't make the run and sees that go past as they wasted a very good cross. Star player Gourmangi Singh got a booking in the injury time.

Minarva Punjab is still at the top of the table with 22 points in 9 matches while Neroca Fc is in the second spot with 21 points in 11 matches.

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