Zico’s Goa romp past Carlos’s Delhi to reach ISL final

Published 12/15/2015, 12:57 PM EST


REUTERS – FC Goa, coached by former Brazilian great Zico, outplayed Roberto Carlos’s Delhi Dynamos in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday, to overturn a first-leg deficit and book their place in the final of the Indian Super League.

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Goa had finished top of the standings in the second season of the eight-team competition, having won both of their league matches against Carlos’s Delhi, but suffered a 1-0 defeat in the semi-final first leg on Friday.

Zico’s men, however, appeared determined from the start to avoid a repeat of last year’s disappointment when they lost in the semi-finals to eventual champions Atletico de Kolkata on penalties.

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Spaniard Joffre picked up the ball on the right flank, dribbled past John Arne Riise and beat Delhi goalkeeper Antonio Doblas at his near post with a low shot to open the scoring and make it 1-1 on aggregate in the 11th minute.

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Rafael Coelho made it 2-0 in the 27th minute with a powerful right-footed strike that went in off the inside of the far post.

Delhi tried hard to find a way back into the match, while their keeper Doblas made a couple of good saves to keep his team’s hopes alive, but a goal from Dudu in the 84th minute ended their resistance.

Romeo Fernandes found Dudu in the six-yard box with a fine cut back and the Nigerian striker made it 3-0 to spark wild celebrations in the crowd and from coach Zico.

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Goa will meet the winner of the second semi-final between champions Kolkata and Marco Materazzi’s Chennaiyin FC, who will take a 3-0 advantage into their second leg on Wednesday, for a place in Sunday’s final.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Toby Davis)

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