A last-minute goal sends Punjab to Santosh Trophy final


19th April 2019, Ludhiana: Punjab met Goa in the first semi-final of Santosh Trophy 2019 on Friday morning at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. After conceding a late equalizer, Punjab also responded with a late goal to snatch the winning goal and cruise into the Santosh Trophy Final.

Punjab’s journey has been close to a roller-coaster ride. They defeated Karnataka 4-3 in their last group stage game to finish top of the Group B over Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Punjab opened their account through Jaspreet Singh in the 13th-minute and somehow kept Goa’s attack at bay for the majority of the game. It was in the 89th minute when Goa finally found the back of the net through substitute Ronaldo Oliveira.

Just when everyone thought that the game is heading towards the penalties, Punjab’s Captain Harjinder Singh snatched a late winner in the injury-time to send the host in the final for the 16th time. Only West Bengal (45) have qualified for more finals.

Punjab will play the winner of Services vs Karnataka which is later today.

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