Real Kashmir beats defending champions Punjab Minerva on debut

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Real Kashmir FC in action. Photograph: Hindustan Times
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The journey for Real Kashmir FC couldn’t get any better as the team had a dream start to their I-League season  registering a 1-0 victory over defending champions Minerva Punjab FC at the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula on Wednesday, India Today reported.

Ivory Coast striker Gnohere Krizo scored for Real Kashmir late in the second half to stun the champions, who failed to even grab an equaliser and get points.

After the day’s results, Real Kashmir are 4th in the I-League points table with three points in one match,

Real Kashmir began defensively while Minerva looked to take on the attack after ending up with a 0-0 draw against Churchill Brothers in their opener.

Scotsman David Robertson, the Real Kashmir captain opted to go in with a five-man backline consisting of captain Loveday Enniyana and the experienced Dharamraj Ravanan, who played for Chennai City last year.

He also had his son Mason Robertson, Goan Brian Mascarenhas and local boy Muhammad Hammad to bolster his defence at the start of the game.

Other Local Kashmiris who made the starting line-up were midfielders Farhan Ganie and Danish Farooq. The 6 ft 7 inches Ivorian Gnohere Krizo was the lone striker upfront with Bilal manning the Kashmir woodwork.