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Kenkre FC, who finished second in the I-League qualifiers, will replace the former champion. The I-League will kick off in Kolkata from 26 December, but the fixtures are yet to be announced.
With this victory, Chennai City FC finished their campaign with 15 points, including five wins and nine defeats, while the relegated NEROCA ended at the bottom of the table with just eight points from 14 matches.
I-League 2021: Vineeth Kumar scores brace as Chennai City put five past Indian Arrows; Aizawl FC beat NEROCA
A Vineeth Kumar brace coupled with goals from Rajesh, Jockson Dhas and Iqbal Hussain aided Chennai City FC to go four points clear of relegation rivals NEROCA, who had lost earlier in the day.
I-League 2020-21: Real Kashmir and Churchill Brothers battle it out to kick-off phase two of the season
While the teams that finished in top-six in Phase 1 will move into Group A and will fight for the I-League title, those in the bottom five will be locked in a relegation battle in Group B.
I-League 2021: TRAU seal top-six spot with come-from-behind win over Sudeva Delhi; Aizawl blank Chennai City 3-0
Nandakumar Singh's side came back twice from a goal down before finding the winner in the 82nd minute.
To move to top six, Aizawl will not only need to beat Chennai City but also hope either TRAU or Mohammedan Sporting, who sit above them, drop points in their respective games.
Fernando Varela's side have had some time to rest, and with top scorer Clayvin Zuniga back, they will be looking forward to getting back to winning ways.
I-League 2021: Papa Babacar Diawara scores brace as Punjab FC beat Indian Arrows, Chennai City, TRAU win
A brace from Papa Babacar Diawara (35th and 56th) ensured Punjab FC all three points despite a late goal by Vellington Fernandes (87th).
Elvedin Skrijelj's 63rd minute header gave Chennai City three points in a match largely dominated by his side.
Chennai captain Charles Anandraj was sent off with a little over a quarter of an hour left, after receiving a second yellow card, to compound Chennai's worries.
Lying in the bottom half of the table, both teams would aim to push out of the drop zone and make it into the top half.
I-League 2021: Dipanda Dicka, Lalrindika Ralte help Real Kashmir beat Chennai City, register first win of season
Although Chennai City FC dominated possession for much of the match, Real Kashmir's counter-attacking style of play earned them the win.
Vijay Naggapan's 50th-minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides after Gokulam Kerala's third-minute strike by Dennis Antwi was cancelled out by Elvedin Skrijelj's 26th-minute penalty.
While Sudeva Delhi FC is the first club from the national capital to play in the I-League, Mohammedan SC made it by winning the I-League Qualifier last October.
The matches will be played at the Ramsee-Dhandu National Stadium in Male. Chennai City have so far played a 2-2 draw against Maziya in their first group match and still have five games left to play.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Chennai City FC coach Akbar Nawas using spare time to analyse games, give players tips on video calls
Nawas has been the I League team Chennai's coach since March 2018, leading the side to title triumph in the 2018-19 season
Coronavirus pandemic: Chennai City's progress in AFC Cup 2020 on hold as outbreak forces postponement of all matches
Chennai City FC's next two AFC Cup games will not be held as scheduled after the Asian Football Confederation on Wednesday postponed all matches of the continental competition until April end due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEROCA FC went ahead after Khanngam Horam (1st minute) found the net just 21 seconds after kick-off, registering the quickest goal of this season
Spanish forward Fito, who scored both the goals, ensured that the 2018-19 I-League champions go into the return leg in Maldives on an even keel