Manipur stormed into the semifinals of the Men’s Football event in the 37th National Games in Goa to set up a clash with Punjab. In the other semifinal, Services will take on Kerala. Both the penultimate round matches will be played on Monday, November 6.
In the last two Group B matches on Saturday, November 4 at Fatorda, Manipur made the grade after a resounding 8-3 victory over Maharashtra. The winners, who led 2-0 at the half time, pumped in six more in the second session to throw Maharashtra out of the competition.
Samson (3), Phijam Sanathoi Meetei (2), W Sadananda Singh (2) and Somishon Shirak scored for the winners. Shanon Pereira, Umesh Peramba and Sufiyan Shaikh were Maharashtra goalscorers. In the other match, Kerala and Meghalaya played a 2-2 draw. While Jithin Gopalakrishnan and Muhammed Ashiq Shoukathali were Kerala’s marksmen, Donlad Diengdoh and Dawanplielad Myrchiang made it for Meghalaya.