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Salgaocar rout Pune, storm into semifinal

Salgaocar rout Pune, storm into semifinal
Salgaocar, who led 1-0 at half time, scored through Douhou Pierre (36th minute), Darryl Duffy (70th) and Gurjinder Kumar (76th). Pune FC pulled one back through substitute Ryuji Sueoka (60th).

Salgaocar finished second behind Bengaluru FC with nine points from four matches and they now play against Dempo in the semifinals on January 9 at Nehru Stadium at Margao.

Pune, who needed a win on Wednesday to qualify for the semifinal, started positively and looked the more dominant side in the first half an hour. They had a couple of early chances but Thongkhesiem Haokip’s try lacked the power to trouble keeper Subrata Paul.

Pune FC coach Karim Bencherifa made three changes, bringing in Anthony D’Souza, Nikhil Kadam and Munmun Timothy Lugun and they showed a lot of urgency in their attack as they kept on the pressure on their rivals but could not take the lead as Salgaocar’s defence soaked the pressure.

Salgaocar, who just needed a draw to make it the next stage, played a safe game having the ball possession and waiting for opportunity to strike with Douhou Pierre looking dangerous whenever he found himself in the rival box.
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