Navelim (Goa): Punjab got the better of Railways 2-1 in a Group B final round league match of the 71st Santosh Trophy football tournament, here on Monday.
Rajbir Singh scored both the goals for Punjab, who led 1-0 at half-time. Rajbir opened the scoring in the 16th, while Railways drew level through Rajesh Soosanayakam in the 59th. However, Rajbir restored Punjab's lead just a couple of minutes later.
Read also: Lyon confident of playing Ranchi Test despite injury
The action was confined to midfield for most part of the match.
Punjab, who looked the better side, enjoyed edge in the midfield with Rajbir Singh constantly threatening the rival defense.
Rajbir had a chance to put his team ahead in the 14th minute, but his shot was saved by rival keeper Akhil Kumar.
Punjab took the lead in the 16th minute. Harshdeep Singh floated the ball from a flag kick and Rajbir neatly headed in to put his team ahead.
Railways, who failed to make constructive moves in the first half, came with an occasional foray in the second half and restored parity in the 59th minute when Rajesh Soosanayakam, who received the ball from Dipankar Das on top of the box, send a low shot that beat Punjab goalkeeper Paramjit Singh.
However, Railways' joy was short lived as Rajbir scored his second goal day two minutes later with a shot from inside the box after receiving a cross from Harjinder Singh.