Neyveli (TN): Kerala once again repeated a goalless draw against Puducherry in the second match of the Group B South Zone qualifiers of Santosh Trophy here on Wednesday. Earlier, the team had the same fate against Telangana in the qualifying round on Monday. With this, the chances of Kerala moving up in the tournament has faded.
Kerala will be disqualified from the Santosh Trophy tournament if Services defeat Telangana in another qualifying match that will be held on Wednesday afternoon. Currently, Kerala has only 2 points from two matches but Services which has played only one match so far has 3 points in its credit.
A narrow chance for Kerala remains if Services loses the match against Telangana and Kerala defeats Services in the next qualifier match. If not, the defending champions wouldn't even enter the qualifying line. Only one team will enter the semi-final round from the zonal qualifier.
In the first half, Kerala couldn’t convert the opportunities into goals. A shot by Sajith hit the post and retreated. The second half also witnessed a bad performance.