Punjab FC begin I-League campaign with 1-0 win over Aizawl FC
Fanai, with only the goalkeeper to beat, fired his shot right at Kiran Chemjong, who kept the ball out and maintained his clean sheet.PTI | Kalyani | Updated: 09-01-2021 21:48 IST | Created: 09-01-2021 21:40 IST
Pritam Ningthoujam's spectacular long-range strike helped Punjab FC open their I-League campaign on a winning note as they beat Aizawl FC 1-0, here on Saturday.
Ningthoujam's 18th-minute goal gave Punjab FC three points in a high-intensity match. Aizawl FC created clear goal-scoring opportunities throughout the match but failed to convert any one of them.
Chencho Gyeltshen could have doubled the lead had his touch inside the box been better after collecting a cross from the right flank.
With all the possession in the final third, Aizawl FC lacked creativity upfront and was easily diffused by Punjab's defensive line. Despite dominating possession and pressing their opponents constantly, Aizawl FC did not have any goals to show.
Another opportunity came to Aizawl's Lalremsanga Fanai in the 73rd minute, when he was put right onto the goal by a defence-splitting through-ball by Laldinpuia. Fanai, with only the goalkeeper to beat, fired his shot right at Kiran Chemjong, who kept the ball out and maintained his clean sheet.
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