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Santosh Trophy: Mizoram inch closer towards semi-final

Mizoram beat Punjab 2-1 to inch closer to the semis of the Santosh Trophy football tournament on Saturday.

football Updated: Mar 24, 2018 22:49 IST
Press Trust of India, Kolkata
Mizoram defeated Punjab 2-1 in the Santosh Trophy football tournament on Saturday.
Mizoram defeated Punjab 2-1 in the Santosh Trophy football tournament on Saturday. (Twitter )

Mizoram virtually sealed a semi-final berth with a 2-1 win against Punjab while Karnataka too remained in the hunt beating Odisha by an identical scoreline in the National Football Championship for the 72nd Santosh Trophy, on Saturday.

The North-Eastern outfit now have three wins from as many matches to be on nine points to lead group B, followed by Karnataka, who have six points from two matches.

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Mizoram had a rousing start to the contest at the Howrah Stadium with Lal Remruata scoring two back to back goals in space of two minutes.

In the seventh minute, Remruata drew first blood off a rebound and struck his second in a couple of minutes. Jitender Rawat pulled one back for Punjab in the 56th minute.

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Odisha gave Karnataka a stiff challenge at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium.

Karnataka drew the first blood through Leon Augustine in the 26th minute but Odisha restored parity in the first-half injury time with Arjun Naik’s 45+2nd minute strike.

The second-half saw both teams fighting for a decisive goal and it was Rajesh S who scored the winner for Karnataka in the 87th minute.