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Monday, July 26, 2010

Chp 311. Santosh Trophy: Mizoram vs Kerala

Ok here’s what most of you may not know. Back in Engineering College in Tamilnadu, I was known as a MallZo. Because I was a Mizo in a Mallu gang. Well, in our close circle of friends, there was me, one Marwari, two Tams, and the rest were all Mallus.

I even learnt how to pick up a chick in Malayalam. It’s a bit rusty now after all this years, but here goes – inne ninne kanam sheile onda

After a dramatic match today, Mizoram moved on to the pre-Quarterfinals stage of the ongoing Santosh Trophy to meet Kerala, and that kinda brought back some memories of those College days.

Today’s match was quite miraculous for us because we won by a whisker!

Here are the stats, before today’s match.

TeamGames playedWDLGFGAGoal differencePoints

As you can see, Railways were well on their way to the Pre Quarters, with superior “Points”, “Goal Difference” and “Goal For” stats compared to the others in their pool.

And then today, Orissa beat Bihar 3-0 while Mizoram beat Railways 1-0. Just one goal, and that changed everything!

TeamGames playedWDLGFGAGoal differencePoints

Three teams had the same points. Six Six Six.

So Goal difference came into factor. Orissa, even though they beat Mizoram, had a goal difference of just 2. So they were knocked out.

Mizoram and Railways again had the same goal difference points. Both +9. So according to FIFA rules, they compared the “Goal For” section. Mizoram had scored 12 goals while Railways scored 11. Hence Mizoram is through to the Pre Quarterfinals round while Railways, Orissa and Bihar packed their bags and booked their train tickets (nah, am not gonna make fun of the Railways train ticket pun. It’s too obvious.)

Wohoooo Mizoram!

This coming Wednesday (28 July), Mizoram shall meet Kerala at the Pre Quarters. Here’s hoping Mizoram will win! As many of my friends said, Mizoram is playing just like Spain. Spain is the only team to lose the first match (Mizoram lost to Orissa 1-3 on their first match) and then moved ahead to win the coveted World Cup title!

Here’s their road to the Pre Quarters:

Lost to Orissa 1-3
Beat Bihar 10-0
Beat Railways 1-0

Beat Uttarakhand 3-1
Beat Himachal Pradesh 10-0
Beat Assam 5-2

It’s gonna be a really good match. The “eda pattis” versus the “zawngas”.


Pixie said...

So, this is just to tell you that I'm come by and read your post!!

This comment despite the fact that I watched most of the FIFA World Cup matches!! ;)

anyways... hi! and all the best Mizoram! :D

illusionaire said...

lolz... thanx for coming over Pix :) And also thanx for wishing Mizoram :D Much appreciated :)

Irene said...

Mizoram Team has played well. My Best Wishes to all the players.

b-buata said...

Lets hope Mizoram will win the Title (..not only Kerela.)

OpaHmar said...

Zoram trang fan fan!!!

dr_feelgood said...

A championship would really boost the morale of the Mizo foot ballers. With poor employment opportunity in Mizoram, perhaps sport can play a significant role in employing the youth. Well done and Do well!! Mizoram.

reverie said...

Go, Mizoram go! Time to prove your mettle among the cattle. Never could figure out why we had no other way to cheer but with the pathetic slogan - 'pi buh deng, pi buh deng' at a Mizoram match back in the days. Hope the youngsters these days come up with a better slogan to root for a better team. Go all the way!

illusionaire said...

@ Irene: My wishes to them too. Today is the day :)

@ b-buata: hihihi... me hoping too :D

@ Opa Hmar: Woohoooo! :)

@ dr_feelgood: It will indeed. We have lost in the Pre Quarters before to Goa, and Goa went on to become the champ that year. This year, we shall proceed past the pre quarters.

@ reverie: lolz... thats quite a corny slogan. hihihi... I'm sure the youngsters have better slogan now :) Lots of Mizos are watching the match LIVE in kolkata... Wish I was there too :(

Lucy In The Sky said...


Are they still not showing the games on TV? I want to watch!

And thanks for the updates!

Alejendro said...

Hey, engtik nge Final an khelh dawn???

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