Kerala defeated holders Bengal (4-2) on penalties after the full-time scoreline was 2-2, to claim the 72nd Hero Santosh Trophy at the Vivekananda Yuvabharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Sunday.
Jithin MS scored the opener in the 19th minute for Kerala while Jiten Murmu drew level in the 68th minute of the match. In extra time, Vibin Thomas first found the net in the 117th minute after Rajon Burman was sent off. Tirthankar scored late into injury time for Bengal to take the game to the penalty shootout where Kerala emerged eventual victors.
Ankit Mukherjee and Nabi Hussain Khan missed the first two penalties for Bengal as Midhun V saved both. Tirthankar Sarkar and Sanchayan Samadder’s conversion did not help as Kerala had a cent percent record with Rahul V Raj, Jithin Gopalan and Jestin George all scored from the spot to win the nail-biting final.