Delhi: FC Goa continued it’s winning mometum, thrashing five past Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Saturday. Coming on the back of two back-to-back comprehensive wins, the ‘Gaurs’ seems to carry it’s home magic even in the away matches, playing with opposition defence at ease.
The scoreline may suggest an easy win, but it was nowhere close to it when the match started, with Goa failing to play it’s natural passing game against a Dynamos side that lined up 4-4-1-1. An additional player in midfield and the away side’s tiki-taka football seemed to disappeare.
Delhi came close to scoring in the 31st minute, but Paulinho Dias’s volley rattled the upright to send the ball out of play. Goa however didn’t miss and broke the deadlock, with Ferran Corominas putting one past Delhi custodian Sukhadev Patil, who had replaced Albino Gomes in the line-up.
Moments later the ‘Gaurs’ had their second, when Manuel Lanzarote latched into a through ball from Coro, finishing it with a cheeky chip over the keeper’s head to make it 2-0 at the break.
The introduction of Lallianzuala Chhangte, resuming from the break seemed to have settled the Delhi midfield a bit that was completely outplayed in the final three minutes of the first half. A Romeo Fernandes run in the in the 62nd mintue saw Kalu Ulche complete a simple tap-in making it 1-2 for the hosts and a chance of equalising.
But things soon turned sour for the Lions when defender Gabriel Cichero was send off after receiving a second yellow in the 65th minute. A goal and a man down with 25 more minutes to play, Dynamos showed the spirit required to force a comeback, but all was over when Pritam Kotal in a bid to clear a ball, put it back into his own net. The third goal in the 84th minute of the match opened the floodgates, as Delhi conceded another two withing the next few minutes.
In the end Goa ran out a comfortable winner 5-1, that propelled them to the table top, as Delhi languished in the bottom.