FC Goa storm into the semifinal

FC Goa storm into the semifinal

Frenchman Hugo Boumous struck twice late in the drama-filled quarterfinal as FC Goa trounced Jamshedpur FC 5-1 to storm into the semifinals of the Hero Super Cup here on Thursday.

The Goan outfit will now fight it out with East Bengal on Monday for a place in the title-clash.

Brandon Fernandes (34th minute), Ferran Corominas (69th), Manvir Singh (77th) scored for the winners before Boumous (78th, 89th) completed the tally for them while Ashim Biswas scored the lone consolation goal for Jamshedpur FC (90 + 2).

The first half of the game began with FC Goa taking the lead with their consistent attacks. Fernandes drew the first blood in the game when he made a fine run from about 40 yards, made a fine chip and beat the experienced Subrata Paul.

Jamshedpur FC had a chance to equalise through Belfort but he failed to find the back of the net. Six minutes later in stoppage time, a brilliant pass from Fernandes to his Spanish team-mate Ferran Corominas couldn't be converted both due to a poor touch from the Spaniard and a good save from Subrata.

The second half began with eight players taking the field from either side, after a brawl that broke between both the teams at the end of the first half.

The referee sent off six players -- three from each side -- from the field of play. Subrata, Haitian Kervens Belfort and Anas Edathodika from Jamshedpur FC and Brandon Fernandes and Spanish duo of Bruno Pinheiro and Sergio Marin from FC Goa were sent off.

Goa was clearly the dominating side in the second half, consistently making it to the Jamshedpur FC box.

Goa, who were consistently attacking all throughout but couldn't really capitalise on their lead, got a chance when a reckless tackle by Jamshedpur FC's Brazilian midfielder Emerson Moura on Ferran Coromino led to a penalty.

Ferran (68th) made no mistake in converting the same, giving his team a 2-0 lead. Thereafter FC Goa played with ease, striking twice in a span of two minutes through Manvir Singh (77th) and Boumos (78th).

Boumos scored again in the 89th minute to give Goa a huge 5-0 lead. Jamshedpur FC finally found a consolation through a goal from Ashim in stoppage time.



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