Thursday, February 22, 2024

Karnataka, Delhi settle for a draw in Santosh Trophy opener

Karnataka began their quest to defend the Santosh Trophy title with an 1-1 draw against Delhi played today morning at Golden Jubilee Stadium, Yupia, Arunachal Pradesh. 

Karnataka is placed in Group B along with Delhi, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, and Railways. 

Ravi Babu’s boys took the lead in 23rd minute from a wonderful wall pass from Vishal on which a 22-yard piledriver from Appu Arogyaswamy put the ball back on the net. The joy was short lived as Delhi equalized from a freak own goal by central defender Prabin Tigga three minutes later. 

Karnataka pressed hard, enjoyed most of the possession after changing ends but failed to score the winner. Their luck ran out when a Delhi striker was brought down by the other central defender Nikhil in the final moment of the game. Referee didn’t hesitate much in awarding a penalty to Delhi. Custodian Chirsturajan upped the ante and stopped Sridarth’s spot kick. 

Karnataka will be playing their second group game against Mizoram on Saturday, Feb 24, 10 AM, followed by Manipur (Feb 26), Railways (Feb 26), and Maharashtra (Mar 2). 

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