Kolkata: Kerala exhausted arresting champions Bengal 4-2 on penalties afterwards the final concluded 2-2 in added time to win the 72nd copy of the Santosh Trophy football clash at the Vivekananda Yuvabharati Krirangan, actuality on Sunday.
M S Jithin denticulate in the 19th minute for Kerala while Jiten Murmu drew akin for Bengal in the 68th minute.
In added time, Vibin Thomas begin the net in the 117th minute for Kerala afterwards Bengal’s Rajon Burman was accustomed his cossack orders.
Bengal’s Tirthankar Sarkar denticulate backward into abrasion time to booty the bold to penalties. Kerala kept a spotless almanac in the amends activity to win their sixth title.
Both abandon fabricated the aloof change from their semi-final victories. Kerala got in Afdal VK, the hero that got them to the final for Sajith Poulose to advance the line. Krishna Biswas fabricated way for Sanchayan Samadder in midfield for Bengal.
The hosts were on the advance straightaway. Tirthankar Sarkar had two chargeless bang affairs from the larboard ancillary of the breadth aural the aboriginal six minutes.
While the aboriginal one was appropriately austere by the Kerala wall, left-back Sreerag G pulled off a goal-line approval from Monotosh Chakladar’s attempt afterwards goalkeeper V. Midhun parried it away.
However, it was Kerala who bankrupt the deadlock adjoin the run of play. Jithin Gopalan intercepted a brawl in the centre of the esplanade and begin S. Seesan abutting by.
He again showed some abundant eyes to absolution Jithin MS on the run. Bengal’s left-back, Abhishek Mukherjee was off his position and with Sourav Dasgupta declining to clue the winger, Jithin brought up his fifth ambition of the clash by slotting home through goalkeeper Ranajit Majumder’s gates.
All attempts of a improvement from Bengal were baffled by the southern side. Monotosh Chakladar attempted a attack from a set-piece in the 25th minute but was beeline to Midhun.
Bengal skipper Jiten Murmu approved his luck afterwards the half-hour mark from ambit but the brawl went over the bar.
V K Afdal on the added duke approved to appearance some cheat in the opposing box but his final attempt was poor and advanced off target.
Tirthankar Sarkar connected to bear alarming and able chargeless kicks, all of which were dedicated able-bodied by a solid Kerala defence.
Injury time in the aboriginal bisected threw up some excitement. First, Bidyashagar Singh ran in and affected a bend afterwards S. Lijo deflected his shot. The afterwards flag-kick was austere and K.P. Rahul accomplished a counter-attack.
P C Anurag ran with the brawl abutting to 50 yards and triggered Jithin on the right.
Ranajit thankfully got a blow to his cantankerous which resulted in Afdal accident his drive and the striker took a adamantine abatement in advanced of an abandoned net as his attempt went over.
The aboriginal bit of absolute activity afterwards the change of ends came a minute accomplished the hour mark. Afdal angry the added way and played a backheel for Jithin MS, whose low cantankerous was blown by Anurag central the amends box.
Bengal woke up from their coma afterwards that. Ankit Mukherjee floated a continued brawl in the 66th minute and Murmu’s attack went wide.
A brace of account later, the home ancillary drew akin address their captain Murmu.
Monotosh Chakladar headed bottomward a continued brawl and acting Rajon Barman bankrupt through to augment the striker who begin the aback of the net with a adorable left-footer, to akin affairs with 22 account to go.
Tirthankar Sarkar, Bengal’s best amateur by a allowance approved adamantine to cockle Kerala accoutrement but his attempt from the amends arc was parried off by Midhun.
Gopalan absent a audacious adventitious in the 83rd minute with Sourav Dasgupta advancing off with a apple-pie tackle.
Afdal absent addition adventitious with two account to go with Ranajit off his band and both Bengal defenders accumulation to bright the brawl with the goalkeeper absent. The scoreline was angry 1-1 as the bold entered added time.
Visibly tired, both teams slowed bottomward in the thirty minutes. Tirthankar appeared to be the sole affiliate in the Bengal ranks that seemed to try with abrupt shots. Kerala had the afterwards advantage in the aftermost eight account back Rajon Burman was beatific off in the 112th minute.
Sandip Bhattacharjee sprinted bottomward to the end to comedy a through brawl to Rajon. The striker’s additional blow was poor and the brawl went too advanced of him. Midhun came out to aggregate the brawl alone to accept Rajon’s cossack hit his face, for which adjudicator Crystal John did not alternate to aftermath the red card.
The champ came in the 117th minute as Kerala took advantage of the added man and Jestin George’s cantankerous from the larboard was headed home by Vibin Thomas.
However, Tirthankar had added affairs back he adapted from a chargeless bang from 25 yards in the sixth minute of abrasion time, demography the bold to a shootout.
Ankit and Nabi Hussain Khan absent the aboriginal two attempts for Bengal as Midhun pulled off a save on both occasions.
Tirthankar and Sanchayan Samadder’s about-face did not advice as Kerala had a 100 percent almanac with Rahul V Raj, Jithin Gopalan and Jestin George all scoring. For the final kick, Jiten Murmu took on the gloves but Seesan S attempt accomplished the striker to bear Kerala their aboriginal Hero Santosh Trophy afterwards a thirteen-season gap.
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