West Bengal thrash Karnataka 4-1, Goa beat Maharastra 2-0

June 8th, 2008 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, June 8 (IANS) West Bengal thrashed Karnataka 4-1 while Goa’s late strikes helped them beat Maharashtra 2-0 in quarter-final league matches of 62nd Santosh Trophy here Sunday. Punjab won Saturday’s carried over match against hosts Jammu and Kashmir 1-0. The match had to be stopped in the second half due to mob violence and was completed Sunday.

West Bengal proved their class and outplayed Karnataka in a Group-B league match.

Asim Das, who was replaced by striker Sankar Oraon minutes before the breather, immediately gave the lead to West Bengal, scoring just two minutes before the half time.

In the second half, West Bengal attacked relentlessly and kept the Karnataka defenders under pressure.

Mid-way through the second half within a span of six minutes West Bengal scored three goals in a flurry.

Guaranga Dutta, Syed Rahim Nabi and Tarif Ahmad were the scorers. In between, Karnataka’s Nabeel punched one goal in the 32nd minute.

In another Group B match, Goa scored two goals in the second half after a goalless half-time.

Both teams missed a number of chances in the first half. After changing the sides, Maharashtra looked more eager to score than Goa and made several attacks which were successfully defended.

Goa got their act together eight minutes before the end. Defender John Dias struck one followed by Denzal Francoin’s penalty kick strike in the 85th minute.

Earlier Saturday’s abandoned match between Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab was played in the morning. During the 22 minutes of remaining play Jammu and Kashmir goalkeeper, Vikramjeet saved couple of sharp chances as the match ended 1-0 in favour of Punjab.

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