4/20/2019 12:34:19 AM (GMT+3)

Santosh Trophy: Semifinals to be played today

Santosh Trophy: Semifinals to be played today

NEW DELHI, India: Punjab, Goa, Services and Karnataka emerged as the top four sides that will compete at the semifinals of 78th Santosh Trophy for National Championship in Ludhiana, Punjab, on Friday.

The hosts will take on Goa while the other last four match will see Services face Karnataka.

After a rigorous Zonal Qualifiers, a total 10 teams made it to the final round.

Services, Goa, Delhi, Meghalaya and Odisha were clubbed in Group A while Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam, Sikkim and home side Punjab were placed in Group B.

Group A turned out to be a straightforward affair, with Services and Goa finishing with 10 points apiece, four ahead of their nearest opponents Delhi, with the former finishing as group champions by dint of a higher goal difference, as the two sides are tied on the head-to-head front.

Group B was a more complicated affair as Punjab shot ahead of the rest of the pack. They defeated Karnataka 4-3 in a thrilling encounter.

Karnataka and Maharashtra finished with seven points apiece, the latter thrashing Sikkim 5-0 to reach their current tally.