Santosh Trophy: Karnataka and Punjab register wins

Karnataka and Punjab registered wins in their Group B Santosh Trophy encounters on Monday.

Karnataka and Punjab remain in the hunt for a Santosh Trophy semifinal berth after registering wins on Monday. (Representational Image)   -  Getty Images

Punjab toiled hard to edge out Sikkim 1-0 while Karnataka thrashed Assam 5-1 in the Group B matches on the eighth day of the 73rd National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy here on Monday.

In the first match of the day, Karnataka proved too good for Assam in a what was a one-sided contest.

Karnataka went into lead in the 16th minute through Biswa KR Darjee and two minutes later, Naorem Roshan Singh scored to increase the lead. Naorem struck again in the 23rd minute to make it 3-0.

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Two minutes later, skipper Vignesh Gunashekar found the target and in the 31st minute, Megesh Selva added another goal to complete the rout.

For Assam, the lone goal came though Bishnu Bordoloi in the 37th minute and the side slipped to its third successive defeat.

The second match between Punjab and Sikkim turned out to be a close affair. Punjab skipper Taranjit Singh scored the all-important goal in the 20th minute.

With the victory, Punjab secured six points from three matches and kept its hopes of making the semifinals alive.

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