Karnataka edge past Mizoram 1-0 at the Mohun Bagan ground to top Group B and set Denard Span Jersey up a semifinal date with defending champions and hosts Bengal. In another clash, Goa thrashed Punjab 4-1.
Karnataka needed a win against the North Eastern state to book their place in the last four and they went into the game with an attacking intent. Theteam from the south were in control of the game from the very Edwin Encarnacion Jersey beginning.
The Karnataka attacking duo of Rajesh S and Leon Augustine constantly threatened the Mizo defence and created goal scoring chances. But Mizoram custodian Lalmihngliana made sure that the scoreboard remained intact after the first 45 minutes.
Karnataka did not lose grip on the match in the second half and continued to threaten the Mizoram defenders with a series of chances. Their approach finally yielded the much-needed goal in the 74th minute when Rajesh S slotted the ball Dylan Moore Jersey home from Sukesh Leons corner.
It must be noted that Mizoram coach Lalsangzuala Hmar made as many as eight changes in their starting XI as they had already booked their place in the semifinal.
At Howrah Stadium, Goa routed Punjab 4-1 in a clash which became inconsequential after Karnatakas win over Mizoram. Mackroy Peixoto, Victorino Fernandes, Nestor Dias and Shubert Perreira scored for the Goans Braden Bishop Jersey . Gurtej scored a late consolation goal for the North Indian state.
Goa had to win this clash with a bigger margin before shifting their focus on the Karnataka vs Mizoram game.
In took Goa 25 minutes to score the first goal when Piexoto scored from the box afterShubert was brought down inside the box.
Within three minutes, captain Victorino Fernandes scored his fifth goal of Seattle Mariners Jersey the tournament and doubled his sides lead from Nestors pa s.
The second half witne sed Goa scoring two more goals to seal the fate of the match. Nestor scored in the 59th minute with a left-footed shot while Shubert scored the fourth one in the 69th minute from Peter Carvalhos corner.
Gurtej Singh found the back of the net Zac Grotz Jersey for Punjab in the dying moments after Kamaldeep failed to convert a spot kick.