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I-League scenarios: East Bengal just a point behind Chennai

East Bengal capitalized on Chennai's slip-up at Churchill by beating Minerva 1-0 to move within a point of the league leaders. The result set up a mouthwatering final day in the I-League, where the title will be decided.

Chennai City (40 points from 19 matches)

Remaining game: Minerva Punjab (h) - March 9

Chennai need just a win in their final game as they have a superior head-to-head to East Bengal, having won by identical 2-1 margins both home and away.

Any other result would mean their fate would...

Numbers behind I-League's 100 goals of the season

Monday Osagie celebrates Churchill's opening goal vs Shillong Lajong.
Monday Osagie celebrates Churchill's opening goal vs Shillong Lajong.

Churchill Brothers defender Monday Osagie scored the 100th goal of the 2017-18 I-League on Friday against Shillong Lajong. Osagie's hopeful lob caught the keeper off his line, and Lachenpa could only get his fingertips to the ball as it rolled into the net to give Churchill the lead at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco.

Britto PM's second-half strike actually took that tally to 101 for the season as Churchill secured a 2-0 win.

Here are some of the interesting numbers and key performers behind the 100 I-League...

Nongdamba Naorem arrives with a dream goal

Nongdamba Naorem (left) after scoring against Shillong Lajong at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.
Nongdamba Naorem (left) after scoring against Shillong Lajong at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.

It was the kind of goal dreams are made of.

The striker picked up the ball on the left flank and, cutting inside, wrong-footed two defenders before coming up another block of two, one a burly South Korean and the other a Nigerian. He dodged both men and glided past another centre-back from Africa -- Lawrence Doe had his hands up, probably making sure he didn't trip his man up -- before releasing a cheeky shot past an onrushing goalkeeper.

Nongdamba Naorem, the 17-year-old striker from Manipur, had...

Laldanmawia Ralte, Chencho Gyeltshen I-League's standout players so far

Dheeraj Singh tries to make a save against Minerva Punjab.
Dheeraj Singh attempts a save against Chencho

About a month into the new season, Minerva Punjab and Shillong Lajong are the surprise leaders in the I-League, closely followed by Kolkata clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. While champions Aizawl FC are sixth, debutants NEROCA have also impressed, especially with their away form. Here are five standout players from the first month of the league.

Chencho Gyeltshen (Winger, Minerva Punjab)

The 21-year-old 'Bhutanese Ronaldo' has been pivotal in Minerva's unbeaten start, which has put them three...

I-League set to kick off under Indian Super League's shadow

Aizawl FC celebrate their 2016-17 I-League title
Aizawl FC celebrate their 2016-17 I-League title

Ever since it began three seasons ago as a month-long 'festival of football', the Indian Super League has steadily eaten into the relevance previously enjoyed by the I-League - for long the undisputed top league in India. This year the ISL secured the right to be held as a 'proper' league over four months. With it - it won over most of the country's best Indian footballers and poached an I-League club as well. And while the I-League was thrown a bone by being telecast on Star Sports, the juiciest...