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Bengal beat Jharkhand 2-1

Despite a good show, an own goal by Jharkhand defender Konsham Sana allowed Bengal qualify in the final round of 69th National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy after a 2-1 victory at JRD Tata Sports complex on Monday. Bengal had to sweat it out throughout the proceedings even though Nilkanta Paria put the team into lead in the 32nd minute in the East Zone leg tournament match. Paria received an accurate cross from left flank on a counter-attack and found the target, leaving the home team defenders unmoved.

Jharkhand regrouped immediately and went all out for an equalizer but in vain as Bengal defenders successfully foiled all the moves. Retaliating the aggressive approach of the host team, Bengal capitalised on good passes and combination, raiding the rival citadel at regular intervals. They had two close chances to score but shot wide on each occasion. Bengal, who had defeated Bihar, top the point chart with six points with this victory and qualified for the final round from Group A.
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