Uttar Pradesh defeated Mizoram 1-0 in the 67th Santosh Trophy National football championship here on Thursday.

Biru Yadav scored the match-winner in the 27th minute in the qualifying round I’s Group ‘C’ match.

Uttar Pradesh now leads the three-team group with three points and is assured of a quarterfinal league berth.

Mizoram and Maharashtra, with a point each, are the other teams in the pool.

Saturday’s match, between UP and Maharashtra, will decide the other quarterfinal berth from the group.

The result (qualifying round I, Group C): Uttar Pradesh 1 (Biru Yadav 27) bt Mizoram 0.

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