I-League title race blown wide open as table-toppers Chennai City FC split points with Neroca FC in six-goal thriller
Despite the draw, Chennai City still hold the pole position with 34 points from 16 matches, two points clear of debutants Real Kashmir FC.
The match began at a slow pace with Neroca playing a much-organised game and enjoying better possession. The Manipur-based side had some fine attempts, but a goal eluded them due to lack of good finishing.
Last season runners-up NEROCA FC regained that very same position in the I-League points table with a 3-0 victory over Indian Arrows on Friday.
Felix Chidi struck twice to give NEROCA their first win of the season at the TRC Turf stadium.
Super Cup 2018: NEROCA rally from two-goal deficit to beat Kerala Blasters, to face Bengaluru FC in quarter-finals
I-League runners-up side NEROCA FC rallied from two-goal deficit with a three-goal burst in 12 minutes to stun Kerala Blasters 3-2 and book a quarterfinal spot in the Super Cup football tournament on Saturday.
I-League 2017-18: Minerva Punjab clinch title with Churchill Brothers win after NEROCA FC, Mohun Bagan draw their matches
Minerva Punjab FC won their maiden I-League title on Thursday by beating Churchill Brothers FC 1-0.
I-League 2017-18: Dipanda Dicka's brace helps Mohun Bagan win thriller to dent NEROCA FC's title hopes
NEROCA built the attack as the game progressed but weren't able to penetrate the Bagan defence, ending the game on the losing side and leaving the title race unpredictable.
NEROCA survived anxious moments in the second half before they halted Churchill Brothers' unbeaten run in the new year with a solitary goal win in their Hero I-League match on Tuesday.
With Saturday's win, Minerva now have 25 points from 10 matches and they are now four points clear of Neroca, who still occupy second spot with 21 points from 12 matches.
With Saturday's win at the packed Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, NEROCA leapfrogged East Bengal in the league table to occupy the second spot with 21 points from 10 matches.
Dempo sealed a comeback to the elite I-League after scoring a 3-1 win over Minerva Academy FC to top the Second Division I-League at the Nehru Stadium