• LPU defeated PTU by a margin of 5-4
The excitement at the ongoing North Zone Inter-university Football (Men) Championship at Lovely Professional University, reached a climax when LPU defeated the defending champions of tournament Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar by a margin of 5-4. The much awaited contest pulled an enthusiastic crowd of thousands of cheerers, leading to a jam packed stadium. The entire duration of the match witnessed roaring applause for both the teams by their supporters. Both the teams dominated the game, one by one, throughout the match; but failed to break into the defence of the opposition. It was a wonderful display of skills by players, as both the teams did not yield any goal in both the halves. The extra time also saw no goal being scored. It was hoped that the winner will emerge in the tie-breaker; but both the teams scored 4 goals each to level the score. Then came the sudden death, where Gurjit Kumar of LPU scored the goal, thereby taking the home team to the top four at National level. Ecstatic Gurjit Kumar said in the post-match ceremony, “It will be hard for anyone to guess the pressure that I felt when I was about to take the final shoot. The noise from crowd was deafening and expectations of my team mates were pressing. But I am happy that I pulled it through.”
In other contests, Punjabi University, Patiala defeated Jamia Milia Islamia by a margin of 2-0, Panjab University Chandigarh defeated Delhi University by a score of 2-0 and GNDU, Amritsar defeated Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar by a margin of 3-0. As per the rules of the tournament, all the four teams will play amongst each other and henceforth the team with the most points will lift the Winner’s Trophy. All the four teams i.e. LPU, Panjab University, GNDU & Punjabi University will feature in the National Level Inter-University Football (Men) Championship to be organised by AIU at the University of Burdwan, Bardhaman, West Bengal.