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Services sends defending champion Kerala packing

Press Trust of India  |  Neyveli(TN) 

: beat 1-0 Friday in a Group 'B' match in the of the 73rd football tournament here to send the defending champion out of contention.

Bikash Thapa's 63rd minute strike secured former champion Services' entry into the main rounds and sealed Kerala's fate.

had drawn the two previous games against Telangana and Puducherry.

In another match, Telangana was held to a goalless draw by Puducherry, ending the team's hopes of advancing.

A victory for or a draw would have helped Telangana qualify.

qualified from Group 'B', after drawing its final league match with host

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 21:30 IST