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Haryana beat J&K 3-1 in Santosh Trophy

Kochi: Riding on twin strikes from Vikas, Haryana beat Jammu and Kashmir 3-1 in a Group C match here on Sunday to keep their semifinal hopes alive in the Santhosh Trophy.

The striker scored in the 30th and 44th minutes, before partner Vivek added a third on 84 minutes, to ensure three points for his team even as Jammu and Kashmir bowed out of the championship.

JK had drawn level at 1-1 in the 33rd minute through Rohit Kumar. Vikas also won the Man of the Match prize.

In another match, host Kerala defeated U.P. By 3-2. First goal was hit by Usman P in the 14th minute. The goal came off in a penalty.

The second goal in the match was hit by Kannan.R (17th), and third goal for Kerala was hit by Shibinlal (26th).

UP`s first goal came during first half injury time by Biru Yadav and the second goal came in the second half injury time and was hit by Vikas Kaira.

In the C group, Kerala is leading by 6 points.