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Budiram takes Bengal to Santosh Trophy final

By Sports reporter

GUWAHATI, May 27 � A 39th minute goal by Budiram Tudu enabled 30 times champions Bengal to beat Railways 1-0 and reach the summit clash of the 65th edition of the Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy. Now Bengal will face Manipur in the final on Monday.

In a quite mediocre encounter at the Nehru Stadium here this evening, former champions Indian Railways, despite enjoying marginal territorial supremacy, conceded a lone goal due to carelessness of their defenders. Both the teams started on a cautious note and the midfielders were seen roaming mostly in their own half. They often came down to reinforce their defence so that attackers could not gain numerical superiority in their striking zones.

Bengal put Branco Vincent and Budiram Tudu at the upfront while Railways also used two attackers in the form of PC Riju and Ramchender Murmu. But despite having a crowded midfield, both the sides could hardly put any pressure at the opponent goal areas.

The goal was the result of an intelligent forward pass from Bengal midfielder Snehashis Dutta who found unmarked Tudu inside the goal area who was very prompt in driving home with his left foot.

In the second session, Railways midfielders, Antoni Soren and Joydeep Bose toiled a lot and initiated several moves down the middle of the pitch. But their tireless efforts went in vain as the final passes were not that accurate which could pose any danger to Bengal defenders. Bengal custodian, Naseem Akhtar, also stood like rock under the bar and his safe pair of hands were enough to foil all the opponent moves, particularly the aeiral ones.

In the second half, Bengal midfielders, Santosh Oraon Snehashis and Mumtaz Akhtar, lost some of their touch and as a result their defenders Anupam Sarkar, Safar Sardar, Gurpreet Singh, Suman Dey came under tremendous pressure. Balraj Singh came close to scoring in the 74th minute off a move initiated by Riju and Soren but Naseem again came to the rescue of Bengal team. However, the score line could have been 2-0 had Budiram not missed the easiest scoring opportunity in the dying minutes of the match.

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Budiram takes Bengal to Santosh Trophy final

GUWAHATI, May 27 � A 39th minute goal by Budiram Tudu enabled 30 times champions Bengal to beat Railways 1-0 and reach the summit clash of the 65th edition of the Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy. Now Bengal will face Manipur in the final on Monday.

In a quite mediocre encounter at the Nehru Stadium here this evening, former champions Indian Railways, despite enjoying marginal territorial supremacy, conceded a lone goal due to carelessness of their defenders. Both the teams started on a cautious note and the midfielders were seen roaming mostly in their own half. They often came down to reinforce their defence so that attackers could not gain numerical superiority in their striking zones.

Bengal put Branco Vincent and Budiram Tudu at the upfront while Railways also used two attackers in the form of PC Riju and Ramchender Murmu. But despite having a crowded midfield, both the sides could hardly put any pressure at the opponent goal areas.

The goal was the result of an intelligent forward pass from Bengal midfielder Snehashis Dutta who found unmarked Tudu inside the goal area who was very prompt in driving home with his left foot.

In the second session, Railways midfielders, Antoni Soren and Joydeep Bose toiled a lot and initiated several moves down the middle of the pitch. But their tireless efforts went in vain as the final passes were not that accurate which could pose any danger to Bengal defenders. Bengal custodian, Naseem Akhtar, also stood like rock under the bar and his safe pair of hands were enough to foil all the opponent moves, particularly the aeiral ones.

In the second half, Bengal midfielders, Santosh Oraon Snehashis and Mumtaz Akhtar, lost some of their touch and as a result their defenders Anupam Sarkar, Safar Sardar, Gurpreet Singh, Suman Dey came under tremendous pressure. Balraj Singh came close to scoring in the 74th minute off a move initiated by Riju and Soren but Naseem again came to the rescue of Bengal team. However, the score line could have been 2-0 had Budiram not missed the easiest scoring opportunity in the dying minutes of the match.