Cuttack, Oct 1: Manipur claimed victory in the final of the 24th Senior Women's National Football Championships, defeating hosts Odisha in the summit clash on Monday by a 2-1 margin here.
The result marked the 19th occasion that the state from the north-east of India won the trophy, having lost out in the final to Tamil Nadu last time around. Both sides came into the final off the backs of two hard-fought matches in the semifinals.
Manipur had got the better of the Railways team 4-3 in a penalty shootout as the match ended goalless after extra time. On the other hand, Odisha defeated defending champions Tamil Nadu in a thrilling match that ended 4-3, with the hosts finding the winner in extra time. (UNI)