Mizoram wins its first Santosh Trophy title

Mizoram won the 68th senior National football championship of Santosh Trophy by defeating Railways 3-0 in the final match played at Kanchenjungha Stadium in Siliguri, West Bengal on March 9, 2014. This is the maiden Santosh Trophy title for Mizoram and this was also the first appearance for them in the final match.

Mizoram captain Zico Zoremsanga scored on either side of half-time and a second half injury time strike from F Lalrinpuia helped Mizoram to romp home in style. Railways – who had not won the Santosh Trophy since 1966 came closest in the 43th minute when Rajesh S’s close-range header came off the crossbar. Mizoram bagged a purse of Rs. 5 lakhs while runners-up Railways got richer by 3 lakhs.

This year’s game was played under a new format in which 10 teams qualified from the Zonal Qualifiers of which two each from the North, West, South, East and Northeast Zones. Each of the qualified teams was clubbed into two groups in which they played against each other. Top-two sides from each Group progressed into the semifinals and the winners played in the summit clash.

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