Defending champions Bengal made a shock exit from the Santosh Trophy National Football Championships on Sunday after they played out a goal-less draw against Kerala in their second Group A quarterfinal match at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday. The 31-time champions,who had earlier lost to Maharashtra,needed a win to stay in the competition but failed to achieved the desired result.
In another Group A match,Maharashtra rode on Kailash Patils hat-trick to rout Punjab 5-0. Patil scored in the 29th,71st and the 83rd minutes after Vijit Shetty had put Maharashtra in the lead as early as the seventh minute. R Dsouza completed the rout in the 88th minute. Maharashtra now have six points from two matches while Punjab are yet to open their account.
In a Group B quarterfinal League match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar,strong contenders Goa scraped past Meghalaya 2-1. Sachin Gawas put Goa ahead in the 57th minute but for Banshrai Sun restored parity in the 70th. Gabriel Fernandes scored the winner in the 87th minute.
In another Group B match,Manipur pumped in half-a-dozen goals against Uttar Pradesh. Thoiba Singh scored four goals while Thoi Singh and Naoton Singh scored one apiece in the 78th and 92nd minute respectively.