Bengal defeated Punjab 1-0 within the opening match of the Santosh Trophy soccer event right here on Saturday. The winner was netted by Shubham Bhowmick within the 61st minute.
Proper from the start, each side seemed eager to assault. There have been probabilities on both facet early on. Punjab even managed to pressure a few nook kicks inside the first six minutes. It additionally received a free-kick within the twelfth minute, from simply exterior the field, however Jashandeep Singh’s kick was pushed away by Bengal goalkeeper Priyant Kumar Singh.
Either side continued to create a number of alternatives, however neither might convert any of them because the opening half ended with out a objective. Then 14 minutes into the second half, Bengal lastly broke the impasse.
An excellent cross from the left flank by Jay Baz was deftly volleyed in by Shubham to attain what could be the successful objective.
After the interval, Punjab, the runner-up final 12 months, tried exhausting for an equaliser, nevertheless it by no means got here. Bengal did nicely to defend its lead.
Shubham was named Man-of-the-Match.
Later, the event was inaugurated at a operate at Manjeri, the event’s different venue, by Kerala Sports activities Minister V. Abdurahiman, in entrance of a giant crowd.
The end result: Bengal 1 (Shubham Bhowmick 61) bt Punjab 0.
Immediately’s matches: Odisha v Karnataka (Malappuram) 4 p.m.; Companies v Manipur (Manjeri) 8 p.m.