Kerala obtained the Santosh Trophy title after beating Bengal within the supreme.© Twitter
Hosts Kerala bounced assist from a design all of the fashion down to beat heavyweights Bengal 5-4 within the penalty shootout and fill their seventh Santosh Trophy title on the Manjeri Payyanad Football Stadium in Malappuram on Monday. Playing in front of a packed home crowd with an expert attendance of 26,857, Bino George Chiramal-coached Kerala didn’t rupture by way of Bengal’s defence, brilliantly spearheaded by experienced goalkeeper Priyant Kumar Singh within the regulation time. The document 32-time champions, aiming to avenge their last defeat at home in 2016-17, went forward within the extra-time by way of a sensational diving header by Dilip Orawn (97th), brilliantly prepare by Supriya Pandit from the left. However Bengal defence spearheaded by skipper Monotosh Chakladar crumbled within the last four minutes of extra-time in what was an action replay of Bengal’s design.
Simply when the crowd change into opposed and started throwing bottles from the stands, it was Bibin Ajayan who scored the equaliser with a leaping header after being prepare by Noufal PN from the upright flank to power a penalty shootout.
Bengal kicked off the penalty shootout with Dilip Orawn’s strike however in their 2d strive Sajal Rep shot wide which change into decisive within the quit.
Bablu Ora, Tanmoy Ghosh and goalkeeper Priyant transformed their probabilities and within the supreme strive they left the substantial job for replace goalkeeper Raja Burman to issue Kerala the winning penalty.
Burman tried his most effective however Faslurahman Methukayil sealed it, taking pictures the ball into the discontinue corner to clinch their first Santosh Trophy on home soil since 1993 (Kochi).
Having beaten Bengal 2-0 within the neighborhood stage, Kerala, thus, did a double on the Ranjan Bhattacharya-coached facet.
It was a contrasting fable of two halves with Bengal dominating the principle 45 minutes, whereas Kerala came shut on a pair of cases after the changeover.
It was courtesy a dauntless existing below the bar by their keeper Priyant Kumar Singh that Bengal kept their hopes alive of bringing the Trophy assist home.
The preferrred set by Priyant came within the 33rd minute when he parried away a wonderful strike by Viknesh M to retain on to the dapper slate.
Two minutes later, Priyant was as soon as more within the thick of the action, this time denying Sanju G.
Bengal’s high forward Molla had a forgettable day out and squandered a pair of probabilities within the principle-half of.
The hosts pressed laborious within the 2d-half of with match high-scorer Jijo Joseph and Vikensh making a wave of assaults however Bengal defence denied all their efforts because the goalless stalemate prevailed in regulation time.
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