Saturday, March 25, 2023

Football: Peren, Dimapur enter semifinals

Peren and Dimapur entered the semifinals in football event of the Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games 2022 at IG Stadium, here on Tuesday.
The first quarter final match between Mon and Peren was decided through a tie breaker after the match ended in 1-1 stalemate.
The lone goal for Peren was scored by Mezubui in the 10th minute and stayed as the only goal for the most part of the game.
And despite Mon’s repeated attempts, they failed to equalise until the added time.
The stadium roared into a thunderous applause as Mon’s Amun scored the equalizer in the 90th minute of the game bringing a ray of hope to the team.
However, with no more breakthroughs from either side, the match headed for a shoot-out.
Peren’s goalkeeper, Paisuingaulung Doson, made an impressive save in the third spot kick to take his team to the last four.
In the second quarter final, 10-man Dimapur thrashed Kohima 3-0 after its captain, Rataobe was sent off.
The early goal for Dimapur was scored by Ratobe, in the 2nd minute of the game. But Ratobe received a yellow card, when he removed his jersey to celebrate the goal.
The game was held for an extended period of time, when Ratobe earned another yellow card in the 20th minute after he staged a fall which was caught from the replays.
With one man short, Dimapur went on to score two more goals both from the boots of Aloumai, in the 45th and 83rd minutes.
Kohima failed to capitalise on the situation and had to bow out of the race.
Peren and Dimapur will now wait for the two winners from Wednesday’s third and fourth quarterfinal matches.

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