Santosh Trophy 2022 | Meghalaya beat Rajasthan 3-2 in a close battle

Meghalaya beat Rajasthan 3-2, while Kerala won their second game in a row, beating West Bengal 2-0, in the 75th Santosh Trophy here. For Meghalaya, Figo Syndai scored twice, while Hardy Cliff Nongbri netted a winning penalty, while Youraj and Imran Khan netted for Rajasthan.

Youraj gave Rajasthan a second-minute lead at the Kottapadi Stadium. He was stationed near the near post, ready to head-butt a long throw-in from the near touchline. Despite the early defeat, Meghalaya continued to attack their opponents looking for a way to get back into the game. In the 25th minute, Figo Syndai equalized Meghalaya with a left-footed shot from a sharp angle from outside the box.

Rajasthan goalkeeper Gajraj Singh was reportedly frustrated to be beaten from distance at the near post. Rajasthan had a chance to regain the lead ten minutes later when Goutam Bissa took out Youraj Singh on goal, but Youraj failed to control the ball inside the box at the key moment. Meghalaya keeper Frolicson Dkhar rushed in to steal the ball from Youraj’s feet and make an easy save.

The game suddenly changed in the 39th minute when Figo Syndai scored his hat trick and Meghalaya scored his second goal. Syndai was sent on goal with a wonderfully weighted pass behind the Rajasthan backline, and he made no mistakes in front of goal as Meghalaya led at the break. Imran Khan forced the win in the 56th minute as Rajasthan United intensified their efforts to find an equalizer on the other side of the interval.

After Dkhar parried a wickedly twisted long-range effort, Imran surged to bury the rebound and level the game. In the 63rd minute, the referee awarded Meghalaya a penalty after substitute Stephanson Pale was carried inside the box by a tackle from defender Ankit Sharma.

Hardy, the captain of Meghalaya, came forward to take the penalty and calmly slid the ball into the bottom corner after sending Gajraj Singh the wrong way. As the match swung in each side’s favor in the final half hour, Meghalaya hung on to claim their first win, while Rajasthan suffered their second consecutive loss.

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