Shillong Lajong FC rallied to hold Air India to a 1-1 draw in the 11th round of the I-League clash at the Balewadi Stadium, Pune on Sunday.
Air India took the lead when Souvik Chakraborty opened the account in the 69th minute with a header, but the lead was short lived when substitute Boithang Haokip equalised for Lajong in the 83rd minute.
In the second half, Chakraborty received a long throw from Vijith Shetty that landed straight in front of the unmarked winger and comfortably headed the ball into the net.
But Air India’s lead was cancelled by substitute Boithang Haokip, when he collected the ball from midfield and ran down the flanks beating Pradeep and unleashed a sweetly timed shot into the far corner.
Shillong Lajong had more ball possession and opportunities in the first half as they exploited the large gaps left in the midfield by Air India with their skipper Micky Fernandes who was running his socks off to make ground in the centre of midfield.
But towards the end both teams shared equal amount of possession with no real chances in the first half hour.
Air India who fielded the same line-up which saw them register a comfortable 4-1 win against Mumbai FC last week, is currently in the 10th position with 11 points while Shillong Lajong FC is currently in the 8th position with 13 points.