After defeating Gokulam Kerala FC Real Kashmir moves to number 1 in I-league

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The Real Kashmir Football Club after defeating the Gokulam Kerala FC by 1-0 at synthetic turf at TRC Srinagar in chilling weather conditions amid a mix of rain and snowfall, has moved to number one in rank, followed by Chennai City. Interestingly, Chennai City has lost two matches with Real Kashmir earlier.

Real Kashmir FC players and Gokulam Kerala players in action during the I-League football match, at Synthetic Turf Stadium Ground in Srinagar on Wednesday. KL Image by Mehraj Bhat

Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo scored the all-important goal in the 51st minute to hand Real Kashmir full three points from the match.

The win propelled the Jammu and Kashmir side to the top of the table with 32 points, dislodging Chennai City FC (30 points) which, however, have two games in hand over Real Kashmir.

Chennai City will take on Indian Arrows on Friday while Real Kashmir will meet East Bengal at home on Sunday. Each team will play 20 matches in the league.

The two sides played a goal-less first half as controlling the ball became difficult for the players of both the teams due to waterlogging in many patches of the Synthetic Turf pitch.

Real Kashmir FC dedicates this victory for their fans who came in numbers despite rain and snow.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Real Kashmir FC wrote: “We dedicate this victory for our fans who came in numbers despite rain and snow. With support like this snow leopards will roar louder. @realkashmirfc would also like to thank @JKSportsCouncil for outstanding backend support in these conditions. Also well-played @GokulamKeralaFC.”

Congratulating the team, former finance minister of Kashmir Dr Haseeb A Drabu took to his twitter and wrote: “Too much!!! Unbelievable! Congratulations @realkashmirfc.”

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