Goa, Punjab in last four of U-21 boy’s football

Vastavam web: Punjab on Tuesday staged a fine recovery to down Goa 2-1 to maintain an all-win record, even as both teams made it to the semi-finals from Pool B of the boys U-21 football competition at the Khelo India Youth Games. Goa took the lead in the 56th minute through Leny Fernandes but substitute Gurprinder Singh drew parity for Punjab in the 66th minute while Ramandeep scored the winner five minutes before the final whistle.

Punjab topped the pool winning all three matches while Goa were second with six points, a media release said. In Under-17 Pool B action, Kerala beat Odisha and Maharashtra beat Uttar Pradesh with the score being 3-1 in both cases. In the same group, in an inconsequential match Uttar Pradesh beat Chandigarh 2-1 in the same group. In the Girls U-21 section, Manipur defeated Bihar 4-1 for their third successive win while Maharashtra beat Jharkhand 2-0 to complete the semi-final line-up from Pool B.