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SANTOSH TROPHY FINAL
26.03.2017: GOA VS BENGAL (6 PM)
PREVIEW: The top two states of Indian football Bengal and Goa will going to meet at the final of the 71st Santosh Trophy at Bambolim Stadium, Goa. Santosh Trophy lost it's past glory due to some changes adopted by All India Football Federation in the recent past. This tournament has been played devoid of its best players for the last many years, there will not be an iota of doubt that the Santosh Trophy is the only tournament that sets alive the traditional Bengal-Goa rivalry in its true sense.
WON : 31
RUNNERS UP : 12
LAST WIN : 2010-11
HIGHEST MARGIN WIN : 6-1 AGAINST SERVICES(1970-71)
HIGHEST MARGIN WIN BETWEEN BENGAL AND GOA
BENGAL 5-1 GOA ( GUWAHATI 1997-98 )
There were some important clashes between these two states in the of Santosh Trophy. In the year 1982-83 both the teams were declared as joint winners after the match failed to yield results even the match played in two consecutive days. In 1996 Bengal defeated Goa by a brace at Goa to clinch the tittle. This will be the eighth occasion when these two states will face against each other at the final of Santosh Trophy.
WON : 5
RUNNERS UP : 7
LAST WIN : 2008-09
HIGHEST MARGIN WIN : 4-2 AGAINST BENGAL(2008-09)
Bengal qualified with a game to spare and are still unbeaten in the tournament along with Goa. They accumulated the most points among all teams in the group stages. For Bengal coach, Mridul Bannerjee, the final though will not be easy considering the vociferous home support that the hosts would be enjoying. Goals have been a big problem for the most successful team in the tournament’s history. They have scored just four goals in their five matches so far and have relied on their strong defense to see them through in several matches. Their strikers up front have looked far from convincing but with the law of averages catching up, Mridul Bannerjee would hope that this would be the game when both his strikers fire.
Goa will have the advantage of playing in front of their home crowd. The President of Goa Football Association Elvis Gomes has urged the Goan fans to come in large numbers to support Goa. The coach of Goa while interacting with the media said, “ The boys have worked really hard to reach the final and I can assure you that whoever comes on the pitch will give more than their hundred per cent. We want to win the Santosh trophy in front of our home fans and we will give it our all."