Thiruvananthapuram: In the friendly football match organized ahead the upcoming U-17 World Cup matches to be held in Kochi next month, the Speaker’s team defeated Chief Minister’s team 3-1.

While TV Rajesh, R Rajesh, Raju Abraham scored for Speaker’s team, Shafi Parambil scored the lone goal for Chief Minister’s team.

Minister M M Mani wore the boots for the Chief Minister’s team in the rain-drenched match.

Earlier in the evening, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the'one million goals' event organized as part of promoting the upcoming U-17 World Cup matches, by kicking a football into the goal here.

The state-level inauguration was done at 3 p.m. and soon this event got going across the length and breadth of the state, including 941 local bodies, 87 municipalities, six corporations, and more than 7,000 educational institutions and clubs.