Karnataka and Manipur recorded their third straight victories to assure themselves the top two slots in group VI and qualify for the knock-out phase of the 27th Senior national Women’s football championship at the Bangalore Football Stadium here on Tuesday.
While Karnataka defeated Bihar 8-0 in an evening match, Manipur downed a fighting Assam 3-2 in the morning session. Both teams thus logged nine points from three games and face each other on April 6 to decide the group topper. The top two teams from each of the six groups move into the knock-out stage.
Karnataka had to wait till the 27th minute for their first goal as Kavya Pakkirisamy headed in a cross from Aruna Bag. Three minutes later, Tara Anand’s flag-kick was headed in by Bihar defender Aaisa Khatoon while a minute before half time, Maitreyi hit home a shot which deflected to her after Kaviya’s effort was blocked. Aruna Bag (48th) made it w-0 at half time.
After resumption, Karnataka continued to call the shots and scored almost at will. Sonia Marak (49th and 64th), Kaviya Pakkirisamy (51st and 58th) added to the tally as Karnataka romped home easy winners.