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Mizoram made a spectacular comeback against Tamil Nadu to win 3-1 in the first semi-final at the Kachenjunga Stadium, Siliguri on Friday.

Tamil Nadu had taken the lead through A Raegan in the injury time of the first half. However after the break, there was some shoddy goalkeeping on display as Arun Pradeep made hash of a regulation save from a David Larinmuana’s shot from 30 yards to allow Mizoram to get back into the tie in the 61st minute.

The game went into extra time as Zico Zoremsanga scored just after four minutes.  Lalbiakhlua sent the ball inside the box which the goalkeeper should have cleared and his hesitance to do so allowed Zoremsanga to head home.

Lalrinpuia added a final nail in the coffin to seal the win for Mizoram in the closing stages to book their place in the final two spots.

Meanwhile in the second semi-final, Railways edged out Maharashtra 5-3 on penalties with goalkeeper Ehtesham Ahmed making a couple of fine saves after the game ended 1-1 at the end of the regulation time.

Praneel Mendon and Vijith Shetty failed to convert their spot-kicks and handed Railways an advantage with only Paresh Shivalkar and Linekar Machado scoring in the shootout for Maharashtra.

For Railways, PC Riju, Raju Singh, Dipankar Das and Susil Kisku found the back of the net in the penalty-kicks.

Earlier it was Maharashtra who took the lead in the 24th minute when Mohammed Shafique scored the opening goal with Ehtesham spilling the ball out of his hand to let it in.

Substitute Anil Kisku won the penalty for Railways in the 69th minute after being brought down inside the box by the Maharashtra custodian. The spot-kick was duly converted by Susil Kisku.


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