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Maharashtra beat Goa 5-3 in National Games football

Maharashtra closed in on a semi-final berth by defeating Goa 5-3 in the National Games group match

National Games

Kozhikode, February 3 (IANS)

Maharashtra moved a step closer towards a semi-final berth as they defeated Goa 5-3 in their second group match of the 35th National Games here on Tuesday.

Pune's Mohamed Irshad scored a brace while Abhishek Ambedkar, Sandesh Gadkari and skipper Vijith Shetty scored a goal apiece to seal Maharashtra's victory. In the process, they avenged their 1-2 defeat to Goa in the Santosh Trophy West Zone qualifiers last month.

After going into halftime with a 3-1 lead, Maharashtra scored two and conceded two in the last quarter. The win takes them to third spot with three points from two matches. They will now have to win their last match against Tamil Nadu Thursday for a confirmed semi-final berth.

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