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Manipur retain Senior Women's NFC title

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Kozhikode (Kerala), Dec 9 (IANS) Manipur retained the senior national women’s football championship 2021 title after beating Railways 2-1 in a penalty shootout in the final at the EMS Corporation Stadium here on Thursday.

After a dearth of goal-scoring chances in regulation and extra time, the match went to penalties with the scores at 0-0. Manipur goalkeeper Okram Roshini Devi produced three saves to give her side their 21st title at this level.

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It was a special moment for Manipur coach Oinam Bembem Devi as well, who had won the national women’s title as a player.

“I am very happy to add this title to the one I won as a player. The girls played a really good game and I am proud that they have successfully defended this title,” she said.

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Manipur dominated possession throughout the game, but could not break through the Railways defence who maintained their shape and discipline. The lack of penetration resulted in an array of long-range efforts from the North Eastern side which did not trouble opposition goalkeeper Swarnamayee Samal.

Samal almost gifted them a winning goal in the 90th minute after misjudging the flight of a cross but her defence was on hand to bail her out.

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As the game went into extra time, the physical load on the players started to show. Both sides had to get through tie-breakers in the semi-finals to get to this stage and fatigue started to play a big role as players went down with cramps and muscle injuries.

In the penalty shootout, both sides were level after the third spot-kick having missed one, scored one and having one saved. Roshini Devi then produced two more fine saves and winger Yangoijam Kiranbala Devi scored a crucial fourth penalty to turn the tide in Manipur’s favour.

–IANS

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