Sporting Clube De Goa's title aspirations hit a speedbreaker as their fantastic six-match winning run came to an end after being held to a 2-2 draw by Tollygunge Agragami in a crucial ninth National Football League match in Kolkata on Monday.
In a thrilling match at the Salt Lake stadium, Dudu Omagbemi struck both the goals for Sporting while Akeem Abolanle and substitute Gouranga Dutta found the mark for Tollygunge.
Tollygunge matched their formidable opponents and snatched an important point which could prove vital in deciding the title and also for the Kolkatans, who are now knee deep in the relegation zone.
The unproductive encounter also strengthened leaders and title holders East Bengal's championship hopes with 39 points from 18 matches.
Second placed Sporting have culled the same number of points, but have played one extra match.
Tollygunge, on the other hand, have 16 points from 19 encounters.