Favorites from Group VI and 21-time champion Manipur defeated hosts Karnataka 4-2 in the final game of the qualification round of the Hero 27th Senior National Women's Football Championship. With this win, Manipur advance to the final round of the competition, which will be most likely held in Punjab. Karnataka too qualify for the final round as one of the best second team.
Manipur were quick to take the lead in the 5th minute of the game. Karnataka tried coming back here on. Their effort was quite evident, Kaviya’s long ranger left-footed shot, which was out of the Keepers reach earned Karnataka the equalizer. Hosts took the lead in the end of first half, when the Manipur keeper brough down a Karnataka striker. Defender Aruna Bag made no mistake in placing the ball in the back of the net.
Karnataka were leading 2-1 in lemon break.
Manipur tracked back after changing ends with two back-to-back goals within a span of two minutes. Some tough defending kept away the Karnataka girls from scoring. Lynda Kom scored the fourth goal in 83' minute.
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