SEARCH

Sport » Football

Updated: February 16, 2013 23:08 IST

Chhattisgarh holds Haryana

Stan Rayan
Comment   ·   print   ·   T  T  
ON THE MOVE: Haryana's Pankaj Sura dribbles past defender Raju before scoring against Chhattisgarh in the Santosh Trophy championship in Kochi on Saturday. Photo: H. Vibhu
The Hindu
ON THE MOVE: Haryana's Pankaj Sura dribbles past defender Raju before scoring against Chhattisgarh in the Santosh Trophy championship in Kochi on Saturday. Photo: H. Vibhu

When the two met in the last Santosh Trophy in Odisha, Haryana had whipped Chhattisgarh 6-1.

On Saturday evening, a desperate Chhattisgarh forced a strong Haryana to a 1-1 draw in the 67th Santosh Trophy National football championship at the Nehru Stadium here and kept alive its hopes of entering the quarterfinal league.

Goa makes it

The draw helped former five-time champion Goa enter the quarterfinal league from the three-team Group D while the other berth in this qualifying round I will be decided on Monday.

Haryana’s Pankaj Sura (10th minute) and Chhattisgarh’s Wasim Raja (32nd) scored the goals. But there were chances aplenty for both sides in the match.

Midfielder Sura opened Haryana’s account in the 10th minute. He grabbed a loose ball after a defender slipped, raced down the middle and found the back of the net.

Five minutes later, Haryana had another chance to increase the lead. Pardeep ran smartly through the left wing and relayed the ball to Vivek, who dodged past a couple of defenders and danced his way into the box. He sent a cross to Abhishek whose shot deflected off a defender. Vivek’s attempt to score off the rebound however bounced off the goalkeeper.

Equaliser

Chhattisgarh’s equaliser came off a smart move between Ravikant and Wasim Raja. Raja foxed the defenders with a wall pass with Ravikant and then outwitted the Haryana goalkeeper Macchinder by placing the ball into the far corner.

The result (qualifying round I, Group D): Haryana 1 (Pankaj Sura 10) drew with Chhattisgarh 1 (Wasim Raja 32).

Sunday’s match: West Bengal v Delhi (qualifying round I, Group A).

More In: Football | Sport
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Indian Super League - 2014

More Indian Super League - 2014 »

Cricket

Tennis

Races


O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in Football

Former Indian cricketer and co-owner of Atletico de Kolkata Sourav Ganguly and his team pose for a pciture as they celebrate after winning the ISL final in Navi Mumbai.

ISL has given new hope to Indian football

The inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) has thrown up interesting statistics to give a clear indication that India has come to be recogni... »