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Dempo drub Salgaocar to enter final

Dempo drub Salgaocar to enter final
They could have won by bigger margin had it not been for brilliant efforts from rival keeper Subrata Paul who made three saves. Both the teams played open game in the first half. Dempo FC, who came into this match with an unbeaten run, looked more organised in their attack, creating more scoring chances as they moved the ball from the flanks with Tolgay putting a lot of pressure on the rival defense.

Dempo, who attacked the rival goal with steady passes, took the lead in the 11th minute against the run of play as Francis Fernandes, who received the ball on the left, took a shot that took an awkward deflection from Tolgay who was in an off side position and the ball found the far corner of the net beating Paul all ends up. Tolgay, who was put through on the right twice saw his effort first sail over the bar and later saved by Paul.

Salgaocar, who played all the league phase matches at Tilak Stadium in Vasco, looked good as they tried to find the equaliser and substiute Cliffton Dias’effort off a Douhou Pierre pass missed the target narrowly.

Dempo made a counter and earned a penalty after Paul, who left his charge to foil Tolgay, brought him down who was in good position to score after Mandar Rao Dessai set him free inside the box and referee Pranjal Banerjee awarded the penalty, which Tolgay himself converted in the 59th minute. Thereafter Dempo put tremendous pressure on their rival from the right flank and could have scored on three occasions had it not been for Paul who brought off few superlative saves in quick succession.
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