Herald retrospects FC Goa’s inspirational road to the semi-finals in which they succeeded with their slogan
Match 1 lost to Chennayin FC 2-1 at home
Balwant Singh (32') and Elano Blumer (42') gave the southerners a two-goal cushion in the first half, while Gregory Arnolin (65') managed to pull one back for the Goan franchise.
Match 2 drew to NorthEast United FC away
Gregory Arnolin scored his second goal in as many matches to put FC Goa in an advantageous position only for the referee to award a controversial penalty which saw Koke convert from the spot to equalize in the first half for NorthEast United.
Match 3 lost to A de Kolkata 2-1 at home
Andre Santos had put FC Goa ahead in the first half before Cavin Lobo struck twice in the second session for the Kolkata outfit.
Match 4 lost to Pune City FC 2-0 away
A goal each from Kostas Katsouranis and David Trezeguet aided FC Pune City in their 2-0 victory over FC Goa.
Match 5 defeated Delhi Dynamos 2-1 away
Tolgay Ozbey and Jewel Raja came to FC Goa’s rescue as they scored twice in the second half to help their side down Delhi Dynamos 2-1 after trailing by a Mads Junker goal for most of the game.
Match 6 lost to Kerala Blasters 1-0 away
Two substitutes, Milagres Gonsalves and Andrew Barisic combined brilliantly to give Kerala a win in their maiden home game with the former scoring the all-important goal in the 63rd minute.
Match 7 drew goalless to Mumbai at home
Both sides created chances but failed to get off the mark as Mumbai moved up the table to fourth with the point.
Match 8 defeated Delhi Dynamos 4-1 away
A brace by Youness Bengelloun, a Robert Pires spot-kick and a top strike by Tolgay Ozbey were enough to seal their first three points on the road. Gustavo Marmentini did pull one back for the home side after a penalty was awarded in the 73rd minute.
Match 9 drew goalless to Mumbai away
Yet another goalless draw between the teams, this time in Mumbai. May be we might get a result between the two in the second edition of the tournament.
Match 10 defeated Delhi Dynamos 4-1 away
It was the teams’ first victory in their four win run.
Match 11 beat Kerala Blasters 3-0 at home
Zico’s side avenged their away defeat as they trounced their opponents with a brace by Miroslav Slepicka while Andre Santos added the icing on the cake. All goals came in the second period.
Match 12 beat NorthEast United 3-0 at home
Romeo Fernandes and Miroslav Slepicka put ahead FC Goa ahead in the first half while Andre Santos sealed three points after change of ends.
Match 13 defeated Channaiyin FC 3-1 away
The hosts were handed their first defeat of the campaign of home soil by in-form FC Goa who scored again through ‘The Three Musketeers’ Romeo Fernandes, Andre Santos and Miroslav Slepicka. Jean-Eudes Maurice did pull one back for Chennaiyin Fc in stoppage time.
Match 14 drew 1-1 to A de Kolkata away
The Kolkata giants could have been knocked out of the tournament if Edgar Marcelino’s wonder strike in the 27th minute would have remained. But, Atletico de Kolkata relied on little help from match referee B Toledo as Fikru equalized through the controversial penalty at the cost of Bruno Pinheiro’s sending off.