Neyveli: Kerala experienced a 0-1 defeat against Services in the Round B South Zone qualifiers of Santosh Trophy here on Friday. With this, the champions of the previous edition were dismissed from the tournament in the qualifying round. Kerala team returned home goalless in the third qualifying match.
After the goalless first half, the deciding goal came at the 63rd minute by Vikas Thappa of Services. Within 5 minutes, Kerala had another setback when defender Alex Saji was sent out with a red card.
With 6 points from three games in the Group B matches, Services entered the final round. Services is now placed at top of the point list followed by Telangana with 5 points. Puducherry and Kerala have 2 points each.