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  Sports   Football  01 Nov 2018  Real Kashmir give Minerva a wake up call

Real Kashmir give Minerva a wake up call

PTI
Published : Nov 1, 2018, 12:52 am IST
Updated : Nov 1, 2018, 12:52 am IST

Living up to their coach’s assertion on the eve of the game, Real Kashmir did give the holders a run for their money.

Real Kashmir players celebrate their 1-0 win over Minerva Punjab in Panchkula on Wednesday.
 Real Kashmir players celebrate their 1-0 win over Minerva Punjab in Panchkula on Wednesday.

Panchukula: Real Kashmir FC on Wednesday stunned defending champions Minerva Punjab FC in a sensational start to their maiden I-League campaign here on Wednesday.

The first team from the Valley to play in the country’s top-flight, Real Kashmir FC scored the game’s only goal through Gnohere krizo’s 74th minute strike, giving the rival goalkeeper no chance to stop the ball that was travelling in great speed.

While the result left coach David Robertson and his players ecstatic, the heads totting the stands also applauded the visiting team, moments after it humbled the fancied opponents in their own den.

The emergence of Real Kashmir and their elevation to the I-League is the most fascinating story of Indian football in recent times. Formed three years ago, Real Kashmir last season won the second division league to get promoted into the top flight.

Living up to their coach’s assertion on the eve of the game, Real Kashmir did give the holders a run for their money.

Real Kashmir had a chance to make it 2-0 four minutes after breaking the deadlock, but Minerva Punjab will be kicking themselves as they had a bright start to the second-half but failed to make their chances count.

Kerala split points with Neroca

In Imphal, Gokulam Kerala FC broke a jinx by winning their first-ever point against Neroca FC since debut in the tournament.

The Kerala-based side had been at the receiving ends twice in the last edition but they stole a vital point against the Manipuri outfit at the Khuman Lampak Stadium. Local player Baoringdao Bodo opened the scoring for the visitors at the stroke of the half time but Eduardo Ferriera (59’) struck in a perfect equaliser to open their tally in the 12th edition.

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