Mizoram and Tamil Nadu played out a
2-2 draw and qualified for the semi-finals from Pool A in the
girls U-21 football competition of the Khelo India Youth Games
Trailing 0-2 till the 39th minute, Mizoram came back
strongly to draw parity thanks to an 81st minute spot kick
converted by D Vanlaliiriattiri.
S Priyadharshni put Tamil Nadu ahead in the 11th
minute, while Sandhiya P made it 2-0. Gladys Zonunsangi
reduced the margin in the 39th minute, a media release said.
Tamil Nadu topped the pool with seven points, while
Mizoram were second with five points.
In an inconsequential match, Odisha drubbed Himachal
In the girls Under-17 Pool A, Odisha recorded their
third straight win, defeating Kerala 5-1, and with nine points
made the cut for the knockout stage.
Despite the defeat, Kerala also made it to the last
four with a better goal difference ahead of Maharashtra. The
hosts trounced Himachal 18-0, but that was not sufficient as
Kerala had beaten Himachal 28-0.
In boys Under-17, Mizoram beat Punjab 3-1 but failed
to make it to the semi-final from Pool A.
In another match, Karnataka beat Uttarakhand 5-0.
Punjab, Karnataka and Mizoram each finished with six
points but Karnataka had a goal difference of six followed by
Mizoram, with a plus-2 difference, had to bow out, the
In boys Under-21 matches, Mizoram beat Kerala 3-1 to
top Pool A.
Chandigarh and Maharashtra played out a 0-0 draw.
The three teams finished with two points each, but
Kerala made it to the last four on goal difference.