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I-League 2017/18: Minerva Punjab vs Churchill Brothers, 5 Talking Points

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828   //    08 Mar 2018, 18:52 IST

Minerva Punjab were crowned the I-League champions
Minerva Punjab

Minerva Punjab were crowned champions of the I-League 2017-18 season as they registered a well earned 1-0 victory over Churchill Brothers on Thursday. William Opoku scored the only goal of the match and relegated Churchill to the lower division.

From languishing at the bottom of the points table last season, Minerva turned the tide around and have been rewarded for their consistency and never say die attitude. Here are the major talking points from today's nail-biting clash.

#1 Scrappy start as both teams eager to impress

Two teams at the opposite ends of the points table - Minerva Punjab and Churchill brothers were involved in a dogfight on Thursday. Both sides came out all guns blazing with intentions of controlling the game from the get-go.

This similar attacking approach meant they negated each other's impact and it resulted in a few scrappy opening minutes. Minerva did well to enter dangerous areas in the final third but failed to execute the final pass.

Churchill, on the other hand, attempted to break on the counter time and again. Unfortunately for them, the men in red did not commit enough numbers initially and as a result didn't test the opposition as much as they would have liked.

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