Karnataka won the Santosh Trophy after 54 years by defeating Meghalaya

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Karnataka won the Santosh Trophy for the first time in 54 years after sealing a commanding 3-2 win over Meghalaya in the final at the King Fahd International Stadium in the Saudi Arabia capital, Riyadh on 5 March.

An overview of the news

  • This is the first trophy for Karnataka, having previously won four times as the princely state of Mysore after a gap of 54 years (after 1968–69).

  • Meghalaya's team reached the finals of this competition for the first time.

  • Karnataka took the lead in the second minute of the game when Sunil scored against Meghalaya after Robin's long throw.

  • But Meghalaya equalized in the eighth minute through a penalty.

  • Karnataka again took the lead in the 19th minute. Jacob John scored a goal in the finishing line to make it 2-1.

  • Just before half time, Robin Yadav made it 3-1 with a superb free-kick from just outside the box.

  • In the play-off match before the final, Services beat Punjab 2–0 to take the third place.

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