Durand Cup 2021: FC Goa book quarterfinal berth, send Sudeva packing


The Gaurs have become the third team to secure their progress in the Durand Cup 2021…

FC Goa defeated Sudeva Delhi 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, on Monday, in order to make it to the quarterfinals of the Durand Cup 2021.

Goals by Mohammed Nemil (45+2′) at the stroke of half-time and Jorge Ortiz (80′) were enough for the Indian Super League (ISL) side as Sudeva bagged a late goal through William Pauliankhum (90+8′ P).

The I-League team was eliminated from Group B after a second consecutive defeat. They had previously lost 1-0 to Jamshedpur. Goa beat Army Green 2-0 in their previous tie.

Playing under a heavy downpour under floodlights for an afternoon fixture, conditions were challenging for both sides. However, Juan Ferrando’s side kept attacking through the right channel with Seriton Fernandes, Alexander Romario and Alberto Noguera pulling the strings.

FC Goa Sudeva Delhi Durand Cup 2021

Just before the half-time break, Nemil was unable to stop Sudeva goalkeeper Sachin Jiha’s powerful left-footed curling effort from outside of the box.

Jha was forced to leave the field due to injury in the second-half. Legend Singh was then forced to make a regulation save from a Noguera goal shot.

Ortiz then came off the bench to punch the second for Goa, having struck from the edge of the box and the ball kissing the underside of the woodwork on its way in. A foul by Edu Bedia in the box invited a penalty for Sudeva, which Pauliankhum converted, but it was too late.



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