Thursday, February 9, 2023

Santosh Trophy: Defending champions Kerala outplay Bihar 4-1

Defending champions Kerala outplayed Bihar 4-1 to notch up their second successive win in the Santosh Trophy National Football Championship here on Thursday.
Kerala, who thrashed Rajasthan 7-0 in their Group II opener, went ahead in the 24th minute through Nijo Gilbert. Nijo doubled the lead four minutes later by converting a penalty for a handball. The winners led 2-0 at the break.
Though Munna Mandi pulled one back for Bihar in the 70th, Kerala made sure of the victory by scoring two late goals through substitutes. Vishak Mohanan made it 3-1 in the 81st, while Abdu Raheem completed the tally in the 85th. Mizoram edged out Jammu and Kashmir 3-2 in the first match of the day. Both Kerala and Mizoram have six points from two matches. Kerala next play Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.
Delhi beat U’khand; K’taka rout Tripura; Guj Sink Ladakh: Delhi may have registered their third consecutive win in Group-1 of the 76th National Senior Men’s Football Championship being played for the Hero Santosh Trophy on Thursday, but they had to struggle hard to a 2-1 win against Uttarakhand in the match played at the Dr Ambedkar Stadium.
Meanwhile, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Karnataka thrashed Tripura 10-0 to secure their fourth straight win while Gujarat beat Ladakh 2-0.
In the third match of the day, Gujarat beat Ladakh 2-0. This is Gujarat’s second victory. Jai Kanani scored in the 28th minute and Rutig Ahirrao in the 50th minute in Gujarat’s victory.

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