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Services defeat Punjab to enter final of Santosh Trophy

Press Trust of India
Mar 01, 2013 at 10:36pm IST

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Kochi: Defending champions Services came back from behind through a late goal and struck twice in the extra time to beat Punjab 3-1 in a thrilling semi-final of the 67th Santosh Trophy football championship here on Friday to set up a title clash against hosts Kerala.

Services meet Kerala in the summit clash on Sunday. Kerala had beaten Maharashtra 2-1 in the first semi-final on Thursday. Seven-time winners, Punjab drew the first blood in the 20th minute through Vijay Kumar. But Services scored the equaliser through C Lalian Mawia in the 86th minute to end the regulation time at 1-1.

In the extra time, Dhanji Singh of Services netted a goal in the 108th minute which was followed by Lalian Mawia's second goal in 117th minute, thus sealing the fate of Punjab.

Services defeat Punjab to enter final of Santosh Trophy

Services came back from behind through a late goal and struck twice in the extra time to beat Punjab 3-1 to set up a title clash against Kerala.

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