mizoram team santosh trophy 2018KOLKATA, March 20: Mizoram produced a stunning upset to down six-time champions Goa 3-1, while an own goal by Odisha gave Punjab a lucky 2-1 win, in the group B opening fixtures of the national football championship for the 72nd Santosh Trophy here today. Goa drew the first blood through captain Victorino Fernandes in the 11th minute but it was a one-way traffic for Mizoram from the 25th minute onwards as F Lalrinpuia brought the scores level before Lal Romawia’s brace (81st and 84th) sealed three points for the 2013-14 winners at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium. Former champions Punjab also rallied from a goal down to beat Odisha 2-1 at the Sailen Manna Sports Complex in Howrah Maidan. 

Mizoram went on top of the group with three points and lead Punjab on a better goal difference. After a goalless stalemate in the first-half, Arpan Lakra gave Odisha the lead in the 62nd minute but their joy was shortlived, with Sarbjit bringing up the equaliser in a space of seven minutes. There was more misery in store and Rudra Pratap Pradhan’s own goal (81st) spelt doom for Odisha, handing the Kuldip Singh-coached Punjab three points. Odisha dominated the proceedings but failed to make use of their opportunities and it was past the hour mark when Lakra found the target after being set up by Sunil Sardar. PTI

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