Tamil Nadu beat Bengal, Kerala drub Orissa

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Strong contenders Bengal suffered a solitary goal defeat to the underdogs Tamil Nadu, who entered the semi-finals, while Kerala drubbed Orissa 3-1 in the other league match of the 57th National Football Championships here today. Bengal, who dominated the first half in the last league match from Group B, was stunned when Tamil Nadu striker P Muthu struck the match-winner in the 60th minute off a pass from Sabir Pasha. Bengal were to blame themselves for their defeat as they muffed several scoring opportunities that came their way right from the start of the play. In the very fourth minute of play, winger Dipankar Biswas's try off a mid-fielder Madhusudhan Majumdar pass was well-saved by Tamil Nadu custodian Felix Edward. Soon after a Biswas floater went over the bar and in the 11th minute Bengal winger Subhashis Chakraborty cross was wide off the mark. Pradip Indu shot straight to Edward. In the Group A match, Kerala had the upper hand and looked by far the best team in the tournament so far. In the 23rd minute forward Abdul Naushad put Kerala ahead when he scored off a Asif Saheer pass. Orissa equalized in the 59th minute when their skipper Saroj Das scored off a free kick just from top of the box. In the 88th minute Kerala winger Asif Saheer scored off a Shabir Ali pass to give his team a lead again. Ten minutes later Saheer was again in the limelight when he rounded of the tally off a substitute K Bineesh pass. (PTI)