Santosh Trophy: Kerala edge Bengal in shootout to emerge champions

Match Highlights
  • Kerala clinch their 7th Santosh Trophy
  • Goalkeeper Midhun V bags his second title
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Kerala captain Jijo Joseph lifts the Santosh Trophy. Photo: Special arrangement

Kerala were crowned champions of the 75th Santosh Trophy at the Payyanad Stadium in Manjeri, Malappuram on Monday after a thrilling win in a penalty shootout.

At the end of a dramatic final, Kerala edged West Bengal 5-4. The match was tied 1-1 after extra time.  

Kerala head coach Bino George leads the victory parade. Photo: Special arrangement

Substitute Sajal Bag had missed Bengal's second spot kick while Kerala converted all five to triumph.

It was Kerala's seventh Santosh Trophy.

Earlier, Kerala had crawled their way back with a 116th minute equaliser to force penalties after Bengal had taken the lead in the first half of extra time.

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Kerala players celebrate after being crowned champions. Photo: Special arrangement

Dilip Orawn had thought he had won it for Bengal, but Muhammed Safnad stepped up to head in a late equaliser as the home crowd went berserk.

Bengal defence spearheaded by skipper Monotosh Chakladar crumbled in the last four minutes of extra-time.

With Kerala forcing a shootout, the pressure was on the visitors. However, barring the second kick from Bag, every other attempt from the spot was converted by both set of players.

The last time Kerala had lifted a Santosh Trophy on home soil was in 1993. Back then, Kerala had defeated Maharashtra 2-0 in the final that was played at the Maharaja's College Ground in Ernakulam.

As it happened
  • 9 months ago

    KERALA BEAT WEST BENGAL 5-4 IN SHOOTOUT

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  • 9 months ago

    GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    KERALA CHAMPIONSSSSSSS

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  • 9 months ago

    Final kick. If Kerala score, they win.

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  • 9 months ago

    Bengal score. Goalie Priyant scores. Its 4-4

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  • 9 months ago

    ....and he scores 4-3 Kerala.

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  • 9 months ago

    Guess who's next?

    JESIN the wonder boy.

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  • 9 months ago

    Hajmal replaces Midhun.

    But BENGAL SCORE. 3-3

    Tanmoy scores.

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  • 9 months ago

    And we have a psychological move from Kerala.

    GOALIE CHANGE!

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  • 9 months ago

    KERALA MAKE IT 3-2

    CAPTAIN COOL!

    Jijo with a cool penalty.

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  • 9 months ago

    2-2. BENGAL SCORE

    Bablu Oran. But remember, Bengal missed one.

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