Santosh Trophy 2018 roundup: Bengal rout Maharashtra, Chandigarh hold Manipur

Defending champions Bengal outclassed Maharashtra 5-1 while Chandigarh held Manipur to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday's Group A fixtures...

Bengal headlined the third day of the Santosh Trophy 2018 with yet another thumping win in their second match against Maharashtra at the Howrah Stadium. The defending champions came back from behind to win the clash against the Western state.

 A brace from East Bengal youngster Bidyasagar Singh inspired Bengal to a memorable win. The other three goals scorers were Manotosh Chakladhar, Jiten Murmu and Rajon Barman.

Leander Dharmai scored the opening goal of the match for Maharashtra against the run of play. He slotted the ball home from Kiran Pandhare’s free-kick in the 8th minute.

Bengal dominated proceedings in the match but failed to open their account. Maharashtra remained strong at the back and managed to keep a clean sheet fir the first 45 minutes of the match.

A determined Bengal finally restored parity in the game in the 55th minute when Manotosh Chakladhar found the back of the net from Sumit Das’ cross from the left flank.

Skipper Jiten Murmu scored the second goal for his side in the 62nd minute from his Mohammedan Sporting teammate Tirthankar Sarkar’s free-kick.

East Bengal youth player Bidyasagar Singh, who scored against Manipur in their previous match, netted the third and fourth goal of his team in the 79th and 82nd minute and substitute Rajon Burman hit the final nail in the coffin.

Chandigarh vs Manipur Santosh Trophy 2018

In another match held in Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Chandigarh held Manipur to a drab 1-1 draw. The North Indian state came back from behind to collect a point in their second match.

Chandigarh, who were humiliated by Kerala 5-1 in their first match of the tournament, restored some pride today with a dominant show against the Manipuris.

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Manipur took the lead in the 25th minute against the run of play. Striker Ngambam Naocha received a through ball Chanso Horam at the edge of the and comfortably found the back of the net. It was a brilliantly orchestrated counter-attack which yielded Manipur their much-needed lead.

Unfortunately, after scoring the goal, the North Eastern state never felt the urgency to increase their lead. They happily sat back and absorbed all the pressure Chandigarh piled on them. Chandigarh dominated proceedings throughout the game but they lacked firepower in the attacking third.

They finally got their reward in the 65th minute when Vivek Rana scored the equaliser from Vishal Sharma's low cross from the right flank.