Nagpur Sports News: Former champion Satvik Bulls blanked Vatsalya Riders 3-0 and entered the semi-finals by the virtue of better goal difference in group two match of Lokmat’s Nagpur Premier League (NPL) Football Tournament at Yashwant Stadium, here on Thursday.
Both Satvik Bulls and Raisoni Achievers earned six points each but Satvik surpassed Achievers in goal difference to qualify for the semis. Defending champion Sunil HiTech Warriors had already qualified for last four stage by emerging group topper with ten points.
Satvik Bulls who required better goal difference than Raisoni Achievers played with good coordination and dominated the proceedings right from the beginning. In the very fifth minute they drew the first blood when Golu Arkhel struck from right flank.
Buoyed over early success Satvik launched a series of attacks in the rival citadel. On the contrary, Vatsalya Riders today looked off coloured in entire 90-minutes play.
In the 32nd minute Kailash Pardhi increased the lead dodging two defenders and rival custodian Mohammad Mohtashim.
Five minutes later Satvik had a golden chance to increase the lead but Azhar Sheikh made a blunder on solo effort and his kick dashed to side bar.
In the second half also Satvik continued their dominance. In the 55th minute Vatsalya had an opportunity to cut the deficit but Amit Anthony failed to receive pass from Mehul Rana inside the penalty area.
In the 60th minute Kailash Pardhi wasted an opportunity to increase the lead on the pass of Azhar Sheikh.
In the 69th minute, Satvik earned penalty for the rough tackle of Vatsalya player.
Their foreign player Vittalian Onyelusi perfectly converted it and made the equation 3-0. Then Satvik Bulls maintained the lead till the end.
Bulls supporters erupt when they finally they score their third goal and make their way into the semis.
Nagpur Today’s Fan of the Match.
Vittalian of Satvik Bulls was declared man-of-the-match while Sagar Chintala of Vatsalya Riders got best player prize.
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