Santhosh Trophy qualifiers: Tamil Nadu defeats Andhra Pradesh 4-1
Kozhikode: Tamil Nadu defeated Andhra Pradesh 4-1 in the south zone qualification round of Santhosh Trophy held at the corporation stadium here on Thursday.
Striker Lijo shined for Tamil Nadu by scoring a hat-trick in the 21st, 72nd and 86th minutes of the match.
Tamil Nadu opened the scoring through Diwakar in the 16th minute. Andhra Pradesh’s came in the 79th minute when they were 3-0 down. Tharun Kumar Reddy scored the lone goal for his team in a match that was completely dominated by Tamil Nadu.
The result means that Kerala only needs a draw against Tamil Nadu on Saturdays to qualify from the group. Kerala had defeated Andhra 5-0 in their opening match and has a goal difference advantage over Tamil Nadu.