Santosh Trophy: Maharashtra edges past Rajasthan 1-0

Goa and Maharashtra have qualified for the final round of the Santosh Trophy 2018-19 to be held later this year.

Goa and Maharashtra have qualified for the final round of the Santosh Trophy 2018-19. (Representative image)   -  Getty Images

Maharashtra scored its third successive win Tuesday when it overcame Rajasthan 1-0 in the concluding Group-B league match of the West Zone leg of the AIFF National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy 2018-19 at Solapur.

Having convincingly defeated Gujarat and Dadra & Nagar Haveli in the previous rounds, the host struggled to break down the packed Rajasthan defence and was also denied on a couple of times by framework. Maharashtra finally broke the deadlock when Dhruwesh Nijap scored the decisive winner midway through the second session to help his team snatch the win.

Earlier, Gujarat proved too strong for Dadra & Nagar Haveli as it charged to a thumping 10-0 win. Leading Gujarat’s charge to victory was striker Pavan Ramanuj who scored five goals and Aditya Jha got two.

Musamiyan Syed and Nitin Singh scored one each while Francis Barbosa scored an own goal.

Goa and Maharashtra have qualified for the final round of the Santosh Trophy 2018-19 to be held later this year.

Meghalaya ran away 3-0 winner against Tripura in a feisty NorthEast Zonal Qualifier match.

Results:

Maharashtra 1 (Dhruwesh Nijap) beat Rajasthan 0.

Gujarat 10 (Pavan Ramanuj 5, Aditya Jha 2, Musamiyan Syed, Nitin Singh, Francis Barbosa-OG) beat Dadra & Nagar Haveli 0.

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