Nike Premier Cup 2018: Minerva Punjab pip Aizawl FC to enter third straight final

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The defending champions overcame the challenge of Aizawl FC in tiebreakers on Tuesday...

Minerva Punjab reached a third straight Nike Premier Cup final after getting the better of Aizawl FC in a penalty shootout after a tightly-fought semifinal. 

After the game ended 0-0 in normal time, Minerva Punjab won 4-2 in the shootout at the Nagoa Sports Complex in Goa on Tuesday. 

Minerva Punjab had the better of the chances in the first half but a failure to convert them meant the teams entered the break level. However, Aizawl defended stoutly to stretch the tie into the tie-breaker. 

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Ajitkumar Meetei, Abishek Verma, Bijo Singh and Thoiba Singh scored for Minerva while Lalchhanhima Sailo missed in the penalty shootout.

As for Aizawl, only David Ramtharlawma and R Lalruatkima scored with Lal Famikima and C Laiphei failing to hit the target.

Minerva Punjab, who won both the previous editions of the tournament, will take on DSK Shivajians in the summit clash on Thursday. 

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