Kohima: Barak FC defeated G Sports FC in a penalty shootout to enter the Kohima Super Cup 2022 final with a 5-3 score after the match ended in a 3-3 draw after 120 minutes of play.
Fans of both teams crowded into the IG Stadium in Kohima when two of the top teams clashed in Saturday’s first semi-final.
In the 13th minute, Barak FC’s Elminhao Kilong Kuki scored the first goal of the match, but the team was unable to take the lead as G Sports FC winger Menguzelie Rutsa equalized in the 14th minute.
Barak FC’s Winamthiu led the team with a score in the 73rd minute via a corner kick from the defender of G Sports FC into the back of the net. Moments later, Temjenwati Longkumer of G Sports FC equalized with a penalty in the 80th minute.
During extra time added to the game, G Sports FC’s Kekhrieletuo Tsira surprised the fans with a goal in the 92nd minute, but Indian Super League (ISL) winger Baoringdao Bodo van Barak FC’s equalizing goal in the 93rd minute sealed the score at 3-3, forcing the winner of the match to be decided on penalties.
In the thrilling penalty shootout, Bodo scored the winning penalty to make it 5-3 at the end of the shootout, as a G Sports FC player failed to net the ball.
This led to the victory of Barak FC, making them the first finalist of the tournament. Barak will face the winner of the second semifinal between A Yhome FC and New Market FC on Sunday at 1.30 pm.
The two finalists will then play for the championship trophy on May 31. The winner will take home a cash prize of Rs 1.80 lakh while the second team will take home Rs 1.20 lakh.
Meanwhile, the Kohima Town Club (KTC), the organizers of the ongoing tournament, and the Kohima Press Club (KPC) will play an exhibition game after the second semi-final in memory of the late senior journalist Xavier Rutsa.
The 3rd Xavier Rutsa Monument is a friendly football match between the two clubs and is organized as a tribute to former journalist Xavier Rutsa, one of the founders of both clubs, who passed away in 2018.
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