Mizoram upset Kerala to make Santosh Trophy last eight
Kolkata: Mizoram rode on a solitary goal by Beingaichho Beokhokhei to show the exit door to five times champions Kerala in the 64th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy at Yuba Bharati Krirangan.
Beokhokhei, the East Bengal forward, scored the decisive goal in the 62nd minute in their 1-0 win over Kerala.
Mizoram thus joined last year`s runners-up Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Delhi in group B of the quarterfinal league that gets underway tomorrow.
Having beaten Assam 5-2 in their last match to make the last 16, Mizoram dominated right from the start and barring occasional sparkles Kerala did not make much inroads as they failed to open their account.
The North-East outfit were impressive in the first 45 minutes but their strikers could not convert their chances inside the Kerala box.
Kerala had a couple of opportunities but K Rakesh and M P Sakeer drew blank with the first-half being a goalless stalemate.
After the changeover, Beokhokhei had a solo run as the striker deceived the Kerala defenders and goalkeeper K Sarath to find the back of Kerala net and settle the issue.