FC Goa seal last semi-final spot in ISL
jamshedpur: It was a tale of two red cards and a brace from Ferran Corominas as FC Goa cruised into the Hero Indian Super League semi-finals with a convincing 3-0 win over Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur, on Sunday.
Goa needed at least a draw to seal their spot in the final four, but a win takes them to third in the table, one place above FC Pune City. Jamshedpur fought valiantly but are now out of the reckoning and will look forward to the Super Cup after finishing fifth.
It took just seven minutes for the first major event of the match. Jamshedpur had started with a lot of attacking intent, but were left deflated when Subrata Paul handled the ball outside the area and got himself sent off. With a man down, the home side were staring at an ominous result.
Steve Coppell sacrificed Bikash Jairu to send in goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh and he conceded at the half an hour mark. It was a typical free-flowing move from Goa. Hugo Boumous slipped Seriton Fernandes through, and his cross was missed by Tiri, leaving Corominas to score from the far post with ease.
Goa had already scampered away to a healthy lead and stormed into the semi-finals where they will face Chennaiyin FC.
In Kolkata, an early goal from the boots of caretaker coach and captain Robbie Keane helped ATK defeat North East United FC 1-0 in their concluding league clash of the Hero Indian Super League and avoid the embarrassment of finishing at the bottom at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, on Sunday.
Having struggled to replicate the good performance of the previous seasons, ATK needed a win to avoid a bottom-place finish.mpost