Shillong: Defending champions Mizoram will clash against Manipur in the final of the Dr T Ao football tournament. In the first semifinal played here on Monday, Mizoram defeated Arunachal Pradesh 1-0 while Manipur defeated Meghalaya 1-0 for a spot in the championship round.
In the first semifinal at the Polo ground, Lalfawkama turned super-sub for Mizoram when he scored the only goal of the match in the 74th minute. Mizoram were guilty of spoiling several chances even as Arunachal dictated terms in the first 15 minutes and even came close to scoring.
Arunachal Pradesh could have gone into the lead in the 15th minute after striker Toko Polium made a great move from the left and set up Mihin Pullo, whose powerful strike was brilliantly save by Mizoram custodian J Van Lal Hriata.