Coimbatore, Mar 10 : Chennai City FC won their maiden I-League title as they defeated defending champion Minerva Punjab FC 3-1 in their final game of the league here in front of their home fans at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
On Saturday, Assam-born 20-year-old Delhi lad Gaurav Bora scored two goals in the second half, helping Chennai City to come back from 1-0 to win the match 3-1.
Chennai finished with 43 points, one ahead of Quess East Bengal (QEB), who despite winning their final game in Kozhikode against Gokulam Kerala, saw their dreams of the first-ever title triumph broken in Coimbatore.
Pedro Manzi, their premiere Spanish striker fittingly scored a goal to join Churchill Brother’s Willis Plaza as the joint top scorer of the league with 21 goals apiece, however, Chennai did not succumb under pressure as Bora, a versatile defender cum midfielder, scored twice when it mattered most. Bora's first goal came in 69th-minute and just before the final whistle, he scored his second goal of the match in the 90th-minute.
With the virtue of this win, the Chennai team became the eighth champion of the league since it was founded in 2007-08.UNI