The Indian Super League (ISL) giants, FC Goa continue their brilliant run to display a dominant brand of football in the 130th edition of the Durand Cup against Delhi FC in the tournaments knockout quarter-final stage at the Kalyani Stadium in Kolkata earlier today. The Gaurs walked past their opponents to beat them 5-1 as Delhi FC entered their maiden Durand Cup’s last eight after beating Kerala Blasters in the final game of the group stages to finish second behind Bengaluru FC and one point ahead of the Blasters (4th) and the Indian Navy (3rd) in Group C.
𝐅𝐂 𝐆𝐎𝐀 𝐀𝐃𝐕𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐓𝐎 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐄𝐌𝐈-𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋𝐒‼️🔥
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— Durand Cup (@thedurandcup) September 24, 2021
The five goals for FC Goa came from Devendra Murgaokar, Muhammed Neil and Brandon Fernandez in the first 45 minutes and Leander D’Cunha and Romario Jesuraj in the second and final half. Goa’s Dheeraj Singh could not keep a clean sheet in the game as Delhi found the back of the net on the 82nd-minute mark. The goal only proved to be a constellation as the game ended 5-1 which ended Delhi FC’s run in the prestigious tournament.
FC Goa will now await the result of the final quarter-final game scheduled for tomorrow in a clash between Bengaluru FC and Army Green to determine who will face the Gaurs in the second semi-final. The first semi-final is set between FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) and Mohammedan Sporting Club. FCBU were given a bye in the quarter-final match against Army Red due to a COVID-19 positive case in the squad which prohibited the bout to not take place and send FCBU into the semi-final.