Rajasthan trounce Himachal Pradesh

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Genericlandscape.jpg' class='caption'> Rajasthan trounced Himachal Pradesh 5-0 in a one-sided cluster VI match of the National Junior Football Championship in Jaipur.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Riding on braces by two of their strikers, hosts Rajasthan trounced Himachal Pradesh 5-0 in a one-sided cluster VI match of the National Junior Football Championship here today. In other matches of the day, Tamil Nadu beat Maharashtra 1-0 in a cluster III match. It was Senthil Kumar who scored the all-important goal in the 42nd minute after a goalless first half. In another match of the same cluster, Andhra Pradesh defeated Uttar Pradesh by the same 1-0 margin. The winning goal came through K Kiran in 26th minute. U.P. got an opportunity to equalise two minutes before the close but substitute forward Mangleshwar missed the sitter. Madhya Pradesh got a walkover from Andaman and Nicobar in cluster VI. Rajasthan and MP, both of whom registered victories against HP and walkover against Andaman and Nicobar, will clash on Monday to decide the top spot in pool VI. Hosts Rajasthan put up an impressive show today and completely dominated the hapless Himachal boys. The first goal for the hosts was struck by Irshad Khan in the 15th minute. He got a good pass from Rakesh Kumar and controlling the ball deftly, beat the goalkeeper with ease. Rajasthan earned three consecutive corners but none could be converted. Their second goal came off an error on part of the Himachal goalkeeper. Rajasthan were awarded a free kick outside the box on the right flank. Sanjeev took the kick and his powerful direct hit could not be collected cleanly by Himachal goalkeeper Rahul. The ball slipped out of his hands and Tasleem, coming in as a substitute of Vipin, grabbed the opportunity to score the second goal for his team. Rajasthan led 2-0 at half time. Despite conceding the lead, Himachal looked all the more disintegrated in the second half. Rajasthan mounted many attacks and though they missed a few chances, scored thrice in this half, through Tasleem in the 48th minute and Govind in the 58th and 70th minute respectively to post an impressive 5-0 win. (PTI)

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