Punjab beat Karnataka, will clash with Services in final on Sunday

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Srinagar, Jun 13 (UNI) Defending champions Punjab edged out Karnataka 4-3 via the tie-breaker to enter the final of the 62nd National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy here today.

Both the teams squandered many chances and failed to score any goal in the 90 minutes of regulation time.

In the dying moments of the stipulated period Karnataka goalkeeper Gumpe Rime made an acrobatic save on a fine shot from Sakarta Singh, while the ball also fumbled from him.

Punjab substitute Balraj Singh once got a good pass from the right wing but their was nobody to just nick the ball in to the open net on his fine cross.

Sanat Kumar of Karnataka and Baljit Sahni of Punjab were excellent in holding the ball throughout the game.

The intensity of the game was on a high in the extra time of 30 minutes but it went without finding a decider till the tie-breaker.

In the tie-breaker Punjab converted 4 chances while Karnataka could find the netted only thrice.

From Karnataka Srinath and Sanath Kumar missed their penalties badly, while Balwant Singh missed one for the winners.

Karnataka has only once figured in the finals of Santosh Trophy 33 years back in 1975-76, when they lost their final 3-1 in extra time against Bengal at Kozhikode.

Punjab winner of seven times will take on Services in the final on Sunday as they look to retain their crown.

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