De­fend­ing champs As­sam Po­lice crash out

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - SPORT - Pradeep Mo­dak

PATNA: De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons As­sam Po­lice crashed out of the 61st BN Mul­lik Me­mo­rial All In­dia Po­lice Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship los­ing 0-3 to Ker­ala Po­lice in a quar­ter­fi­nal match at the New Po­lice Lines ground here on Tues­day. In the other match of the day, dark horse Mi­zo­ram Po­lice blanked Shashas­tra Seema Bal (SSB) 2-0 to book their berth in the semi­fi­nals.

On Wed­nes­day’s semi­fi­nals, Ker­ala Po­lice will face Pun­jab Po­lice at 11 am while As­sam Ri­fles will take on Mi­zo­ram Po­lice at 1pm. Ker­ala Po­lice, who have dis­played an or­ga­nized and co­he­sive foot­ball in this tour­na­ment so far, did not dis­ap­point their fans on Tues­day and shot into the lead off a strike from Anis in the 40th minute. As­sam Po­lice tried their best for an equal­izer in the first half, but Ker­ala de­fend­ers foiled most of their dan­ger­ous look­ing moves. At the breather Ker­ala Po­lice led 1-0.

In the sec­ond half, Ker­ala cops went all out for a kill and raided ri­val’s ci­tadel on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. In the flurry of at­tacks, striker Prashant cashed in on an op­por­tu­nity that came in the 56th minute through a well-mea­sured shot that foxed the ri­val cus­to­dian (2-0).

Prashant in­creased the tally in the 71st minute to seal the fate of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons (30). The later part of the sec­ond half saw play­ers of both the team en­gag­ing in phys­i­cal ma­neu­ver­ing rather than con­cen­trat­ing on their moves.

Three play­ers, two from Ker­ala (Sharif, Alok) and one from As­sam Po­lice (Mu­fidul Is­lam) were shown yel­low cards by the ref­eree.

Mi­zo­ram Po­lice were quite clin­i­cal in their win against SSB. They had more ball pos­ses­sions com­par­ing to their ri­vals. F Lal Nu Puian put Mi­zo­ram into the lead in the 41st minute while Lal Myaun Khuian made it 2-0 in the 76th minute.

SAN­TOSH/HT PHOTO

Ker­ala Po­lice (in sky blue) and As­sam Po­lice play­ers in ac­tion in Patna on Tues­day.

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