In a crucial Group A match, Jharkhand came from behind to draw with Chandigarh 1-1 in the 67th Santosh Trophy tournament at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here on Friday. Forward Harminder Singh scored for Chandigarh in the 18th minute which was nullified by Sanjeev Kumar Singh in the 53rd.
In the first 20 minutes, it was Chandigarh which called the shots. In the 14th minute, Jharkhand was close to conceding a goal when they gave Harminder, who was in sublime touch, space in the box. Five minutes later, Harminder broke the impasse as he successfully guided one in from a Rajan Negi’s pass from the right. However, the second half saw a resurgent Jharkhand side as their midfielders and strikers began working as a well-oiled unit. The result was quick to appear when they found the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Sanjeev Kumar Singh got hold of a release from the middle and after entering the area from the right, he produced a blistering, narrow angle shot that crossed the goal line.
Meanwhile, P Christopher Kamei and skipper Kivi Sumi scored two goals apiece as Nagaland overwhelmed Gujarat 4-0 in the second Group A match.
On Saturday, Karnataka will play Arunachal Pradesh, while Bihar will take on Daman & Diu.
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Kochi: Burly striker Jagtar Singh fired in a brace as Railways beat Delhi 2-1 in the opening Group ‘A’ match at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here on Friday.