Former champions Companies rode on a second-half aim every from Vivek Kumar and Nikhil Sharma to finish their Santosh Trophy marketing campaign with a 2-0 win over 10-man Odisha on Monday.
Needing only a draw to grow to be the second crew from group B after Manipur to make the semi-finals, Odisha squandered possibilities aplenty, particularly within the first half.
Odisha will now must rely on Karnataka’s end result towards Gujarat within the second sport of the day.
Solely a three-goal win for Karnataka will see Odisha crash out within the group stage.
Priya Darshan-coached Companies broke the impasse within the 74th minute with a header from captain Vivek. He rose the best to nod the ball into the underside nook. Odisha keeper Chinmaya Sekhar Behera received a hand to the ball nevertheless it was not sufficient to maintain it out.
Eight minutes later, Odisha did not clear their traces and substitute Sharma drove a first-time shot into the again of the web.
The indicators of frustration had been evident and Odisha had been diminished to 10 gamers within the 87th minute with Abhishek Rawat’s late problem on Deepak Singh.
Within the fortieth minute, Odisha wasted an opportunity when fast-paced Chandra Muduli went by way of on aim with solely Subhajit Basu to beat however he took a heavy contact, permitting the Companies keeper to thwart the hazard.
Their largest miss got here within the forty second minute when Kartik Hantal’s shot got here off the crosspiece.
Companies displayed a affected person method and did properly to nullify Odisha’s attacking waves within the first half.