Neyveli(TN), Feb 8 (PTI): Services beat Kerala 1-0 Friday in a Group ‘B’ match in the South Zone qualifier of the 73rd Santosh Trophy football tournament here to send the defending champion out of contention.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2021 LIVE Updates: Seema Punia in Action in Women's Discuss Throw

Bikash Thapa’s 63rd minute strike secured former champion Services’ entry into the main rounds and sealed Kerala’s fate. Also Read - Horoscope Today, July 31, Saturday: Gemini Can Expect a Positive News, Romantic Day For Libra

Kerala had drawn the two previous games against Telangana and Puducherry. Also Read - Delhi's Iconic Khan Chacha Restaurant's License Cancelled. Details Here

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

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

Karnataka qualified from Group ‘B’, after drawing its final league match with host Tamil Nadu.

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