3/25/2018 7:58:26 PM (GMT+3)

Bengal struggle to beat Chandigarh in Santosh Trophy

Bengal struggle to beat Chandigarh in Santosh Trophy

KOLKATA, India: Bengal beat Chandigarh 1-0  on Sunday to confirm their place in the semifinal in the ongoing 72nd Santosh Trophy for National Football Championship.

Bidyasagar Singh scored the only goal of the match in the 18th minute to seal all three points.

The defending champions, who lost defender Monotosh Chakladar with a head injury, had won their previous two matches 3-1 and 5-1 against Manipur and Maharashtra respectively.

Chandigarh, on the other hand, had collected just one point from their first three matches and were already out of the competition.

The home side saw just one change in their starting XI. Star striker and captain Jiten Murmu was left out of the squad due to illness. Rajon Barman replaced him with Tirthankar Sarkar leading the side.

There were two changes in the Chandigarh side, with Pawandeep Singh and Manvir Singh made way for Prateek Joshi and Nitish Mehra.

Bengal enjoyed better possession with Singh and Sarkar orchestrating the attacks.

Chandigarh failed to create any pressure on their opponents until the half-hour mark when Vishal Sharma entered the box and attempted a shot at goal, but it went went wide.