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Santosh Trophy Qualifying: Manipur starts campaign with 3-0 win against Nagaland

The opening match of the 75th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy 2021-22(North East Zone Qualifying Round-Group B) played at Main Stadium, Khuman Lampak.

ByIFP Sports Correspondent

Updated on 28 Nov 2021, 4:14 pm

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Manipur started their football campaign on a winning note beating Nagaland by 3-0 goals in the opening match of the 75th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy 2021-22(North East Zone Qualifying Round-Group B) played at Main Stadium, Khuman Lampak.

The second match between Mizoram and Tripura saw the former prevails with 1-0 goals.

Manipur and Nagaland show some lackluster moment in the first half as both teams were rather engrossed with midfield tussle but Manipur had the edge as they made one attempt to the goal.

However, Manipur produced the sparks off a right flank attack when Sudhir Laitonjam send a cross to the goalmouth and Salam Johnson anticipated well, to slice it to the left of Nagaland keeper Neithovilie in the 25 minute for the lead.

The second half proved more fruitful for the host team as they pick more pace and consolidate the scorecard from a corner kick where Salam Johnson make a shy to the goal but hit the horizontal and bounce back into play and Sudhir Laitonjam made a lunging header in 53 minute to bring up the second goal.

A few moment later, Manipur breathed fire when a cross from Th.Manichand Singh find Salam Johnson on the goalmouth to make lofted shot to the goal in the 56 minute to make it 3-0 goals.

Nagaland never really had any proper shot to the goal, despite having the ball possession and had to blame themselves for not applying fully to the game.

Manipur player S. Johnson, N. Romen and Nagaland player Temjenwati Longkumar got booked with yellow card for foul from referee Tanmoy Dhar.

As for the Mizoram and Tripura match, Lalhriatpuia provided the lone winning goal for Mizoram in the 42 minute of play.

The next matches on Tuesday will have Tripura taking on Manipur at 9.30 am while Nagaland will play Mizoram at 2 pm.

 

First published:28 Nov 2021, 4:14 pm

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IFP Sports Correspondent

IFP Sports Correspondent

Sports Bureau, Imphal, Manipur

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