Punjab, Orissa, Railways in quarter-finals

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Genericlandscape.jpg' class='caption'> Punjab and Orissa make it to the quarter-finals of the 57th National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy in Mumbai today.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Punjab and Orissa made it to the quarter-finals of the 57th National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy here today. Punjab from cluster-4 defeated Uttar Pradesh 4-0 after leading 2-0 at half time, while Orissa from cluster-6 made it to the quarter-finals league due to better points even though Delhi beat Chandigarh 5-0 in the last league match but managed just three points while Orissa have four points to their credit. Railways too made it to the last eight despite losing to Andhra Pradesh 0-1 with a first half goal. Railways had earlier beaten AP 4-0 and made it to the quarter-finals through better goal average. Punjab's striker, Sukhjit Singh put his team ahead in the 24th minute when he booted home a rebound after winger, Gurjit Singh, had failed to score. However, in the 33rd minute Gurjit Singh made his presence felt when he tapped home a rebound after Sukhjit's attempted header rebounded off the goal post. In the 69th minute, Punjab were awarded a penalty kick when Sukhjit was brought down by UP's mid-fielder Sunil Chaudhary inside the box. Gurjit Singh, who took the spot kick, made no mistake. With just two minutes to go for the hooter, Gurjit Singh scored off Sukhjit's pass to round off the tally. AP caused a slight flutter when they put it across a better knit Railways. AP's defender P Prakash Rao scored the all-important goal in the 45th minute following a flag kick. (PTI)

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