S Rajesh’s 60 th minute strike helped Gokulam Kerala FC defeat reigning champions Minerva Punjab FC, 1-0, in the Hero ILeague match played at EMS Corporation Stadium on November 19. The win takes the Malabarians to second position with eight points from five matches.
Both the teams started the match cautiously and the hosts had a couple of good opportunities on goal. However, Kerala had to wait till the 60 th minute when the previous match man of the match Gani set up a cross for Rajesh, who calmly slotted in to give Malabarians the lead.
Though Minerva Punjab tried to level the score, Gokulam Kerala FC defenders Daniel Addo and Argentine Fabricio Ortiz were solid and thwarted all the attacks. Rajesh, who scored his second goal in the tournament, was selected as the man of the match.