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Services win Santosh Trophy

Services win Santosh Trophy

Kochi: Services won the final of the 67th Santosh Trophy here Sunday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium by beating hosts Kerala 4-3 on penalties in a closely fought soccer contest.

The match went into penalties after the two sides were locked goal-less in normal and extra time.

It was a heart-breaking moment for the home crowd when Kerala right-back Surjith's shot hit the crossbar in the penalties.

For the visitors, Dhanji Singh, Sharwan Kumar, Dileep M and Kiran K. Varghese scored while two shots were saved by Kerala custodian Jean Christian. For the hosts, Rino Anto, Abdul Basid and Sarath B found the back of the net.

Services striker Lalian Mawia was adjudged the man of the match as he helped his team to a third Santosh Trophy title.

Congratulating the Services team, All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das said: "I congratulate the Services team for winning the 67th Santosh Trophy. It was a great game of football and I am overwhelmed with the turnout."

"It must be very motivating for the players as well playing in front of a full house. Overall, the ambience was amazing."

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