Karnataka enter semi-finals after beating Goa by a solitary goal

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Srinagar, Jun 10 (UNI) In a major upset, a solitary goal by Xavier Vijaya Kumar helped Karnataka beat former champions Goa and enter the semi-finals of the 62nd National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy at the Bakshi Stadium here today.

Both teams went full steam from the word go and created several scoring chances. However, they failed to draw first blood due to poor finishing.

After a goalless first half, Vijaya scored the all important goal for Karnataka when he put the ball into net beating the rival goalkeeper, who had otherwise made a number of saves.

Ten minutes later, Vijaya again made a brilliant try from the top of the box, but the ball rebounded after hiting the post.

Goa went all out after conceeding the goal, but failed to find the equaliser.

Gumpe Rine in the Karnataka goal made two brillant saves.

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