Aizawl FC a point away from creating I-League history

first_imgThe I-League has a lot riding on it this season, with All India Football Federation looking to replace the league with the Indian Super League as the premier club completion in the country.And this Sunday as teams from around the country take to the field for the last time, a small team from Mizoram stands tall challenging the might that is Mohun Bagan.We are drawing nearer to crowning the new champions of the #HeroILeague. Who will it be? pic.twitter.com/VnxoXU05Xu- Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) April 29, 2017Aizawl FC have continued to defy the odds throughout the season, last week 1-0 win over title contenders Mohun Bagan being a good point in case.Khalid Jamil with a shoe-string budget compared to the vast riches in comparison of Mohun Bagan (the cost of Haitian Sony Norde’s services for the season is more than the Budget of Aizawl FC) but with the passionate backing from the home crowd, saw a fairy tale run in the competition.More than thousand away fans are expected for sunday match. 2000 tickets reserved for Aizawl FC gallery are sold out here in shillong.- Aizawl Football Club (@AizawlFC) April 29, 2017Aizawl will face Shillong Lajong in a Northeast derby. Aizawl need just a point to be crowned champions of I-League for the first in its 21-year long history and AIFF is taking no chances.All India Football Federation’s Integrity Officer Javed Siraj is scheduled to reach Shillong a day early and keep a close eye on affairs for the all important clash. The reason for such close monitoring is the fact that AIFF does not want to take any chances as there is little at stake for fifth-placed Shillong Lajong .advertisementMohun Bagan coach, Sanjoy Sen has a lot to worry about. The Mariners would be giving it their all to beat Chennai City FC at home, especially after their poor string of performances in the AFC cup means success in the domestic league is the only piece of silverware they can win. It might just be another season of ‘what-ifs’ for the Kolkata giant, would be hoping for more than a favour from Shillong Lajong.pic.twitter.com/FF0PZewsV6- Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_BaganAC) April 29, 2017pic.twitter.com/GW6H986UsO- Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_BaganAC) April 29, 2017Ashutosh Mehta, who followed his Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil to the mountains, and has been a standout player for the team from Mizoram. But he will be forced to watch from the stands after he picked up four yellow cards.”But I will be the 12th man cheering from the stands. I will cheer for my Club and my teammates for entire 90 minutes, arguably most important 90 minutes for Aizawl FC,” he said.last_img read more

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Injury-ravaged Vermaelen suffers fresh setback

first_imgBarcelona Injury-ravaged Vermaelen suffers fresh setback at Barcelona Jack Davies 21:12 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) vermaelen - CROPPED Getty Images Barcelona Real Betis v Barcelona Real Betis Primera División The Belgium international defender has been ruled out for a fortnight by the La Liga leaders with a hamstring problem Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for two weeks with a left hamstring injury sustained during Sunday’s 5-0 win at Real Betis.The centre-back pulled up in discomfort in the 38th minute at the Benito Villamarin after chasing down Sergio Leon near the halfway line.Vermaelen was replaced by Samuel Umtiti, who came on for his first La Liga appearance since December 2 after recovering from a hamstring problem of his own. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca later tweeted to say Vermaelen would undergo further tests on Monday to determine the severity of the problem.And the club have now confirmed the results of those checks indicate the Belgium international will be out of action for a fortnight.The former Arsenal defender, who has struggled with repeated injury problems in recent seasons, has been involved in all of Barca’s last 13 matches after working his way back to full fitness.He spent last season on loan at Roma but managed only nine Serie A appearances.last_img read more

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