Kerala won the 75th Santosh Trophy, Kerala lost to West Bengal on penalties

Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala vs West Bengal: Kerala Blasters beat West Bengal 5-4 (1-1) in a penalty shootout to win their seventh Santosh Trophy title. In the 97th minute, Dilip Oran gave Bengal the lead but in the 117th minute at the Manjeri Payanad Stadium in Malappuram, Bibin brought the hosts back to parity. Follow the Satisfaction Trophy updates on InsideSport.IN

Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala wins the 75th Santosh Trophy Champions, Kerala beat West Bengal 6-5 on penalties, Kerala loses to West Bengal View Highlights

Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala crowned champions of 75th Santosh Trophy

The miss of Bengal midfielder Sajal Bagh in the second round of spot kick proved to be the difference between the two teams as it was the 2017-18 host Kerala who repeated the 5-4 victory in the 2017-18 penalty shootout when the two teams had nothing to separate at 120. Minutes of football. This is the seventh time that Kerala has won the Santosh Trophy.

After a goalless 90 minutes where Bino George’s Kerala looked shaky and Bengal created better chances, Dilip Oron headed the opener from Supriya Pandit’s cross in the sixth minute of extra time. The Bengali record-breaking 33rd National Football Championship was three minutes away from the title and all seemed to be lost for Kerala, but Mohammad Safnad scored the equalizer and forced the home crowd into a penalty shootout.

Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala wins the 75th Santosh Trophy Champions, Kerala beat West Bengal 6-5 on penalties, Kerala loses to West Bengal View Highlights
Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala wins the 75th Santosh Trophy Champions, Kerala beat West Bengal 6-5 on penalties, Kerala loses to West Bengal View Highlights

Bengal coach Ranjan Bhattacharya on the eve of the final commented that all the pressure would be on the hosts to perform in front of their enthusiastic supporters. And it proved to be true because a characterless Kerala looked shaky in the first half. The Kerala markers failed to pick up Nabi Hussain Khan during a corner in the fifth minute, but the Bengal defender missed the goal with an inch to the header. In the 23rd minute, Mahitosh Roy, again unmarked in the middle of the box, failed to make the right connection on Dilip Oron’s cross.

Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala beat West Bengal 6-5 on penalties

In Bengal’s upswing, Kerala was forced to sit back and defend for the lion’s share of the first half. And the biggest chance of their half came from a surprisingly quick break as Viknesh M failed to work after scoring Bengal goalkeeper Priyant Kumar Singh in the 33rd minute. In the next minute Priyantha was called into action again as he had to remove Sanju G’s mistaken cross.

In the 37th minute before Fardin Ali failed to fill Mollah Khan’s cross in extra time of the first half, Kerala’s custodian Midhun Pancham was forced to make a great save by Mahitosh. Kerala was much more composed in the second half. Bengal defender Khan grabbed Jizo Joseph in his own half and although the Kerala captain beat the opponent’s keeper, he saw his shot wide roll in the 58th minute.

Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala wins the 75th Santosh Trophy Champions, Kerala beat West Bengal 6-5 on penalties, Kerala loses to West Bengal View Highlights
Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala wins the 75th Santosh Trophy Champions, Kerala beat West Bengal 6-5 on penalties, Kerala loses to West Bengal View Highlights

Santosh Trophy Final: Watch Kerala lose to West Bengal Highlights 6

Six minutes later, substitute Jasin Tike fired wide after returning to a promising position after playing one-on-one with Jijo. On the other end, in the 8th minute, Supriya got a cross from Pandit and Fardin missed a header from close range. The time of control has come to an end by wasting some big opportunities of Kerala’s Shighil NS.

In the first minute of injury time of the second half, Priyant found the young midfielder inside the box but collected the shot effortlessly. Extra time was applied, but just before the referee’s whistle, Shigil fired his shot from close range.

Input from TOI

Santosh Trophy Final: Kerala wins the 75th Santosh Trophy Champions, Kerala beat West Bengal 6-5 on penalties, Kerala loses to West Bengal View Highlights

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