ISL 1st semi-final: Delhi Dynamos take on FC Goa

A good turn out would delight the Dynamos camp. The lack of spectators has been a sore point but the home team is praying the turn out would be much improved.

Delhi Dynamos have lost both their league matches against FC Goa this season.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

The defeat in the last match against FC Goa was a stern warning for Delhi Dynamos. It squandered a 2-0 lead and suffered embarrassment in the dying minute, losing 2-3, to set up a repeat clash on Friday in the first leg of the semi-final of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League at the Nehru Stadium here. The win placed FC Goa on top of the ISL league ladder with Delhi slipping to the fourth slot.

“The semi-final is of 180 minutes, so tomorrow, nothing will be decided. We have to keep performing like we did in the first half of the last game (against FC Goa). For us, this is going to be a nice game. We will do our duty but the match will be decided in Goa,” said Dynamos coach Roberto Carlos.

“I still have three matches here and I want to take Delhi to the final. For me, finishing second or third is like finishing last,” Carlos added.

FC Goa coach Zico noted, “Our players are a little bit more experienced from last year, so they are more used to such situations. But this is a completely different team where we changed about 15 players. Not just us, even Delhi is a completely different team (from last year).”

The FC Goa coach added, “I hope we can improve. Last year we got to the semi-final and lost. This year, we hope to win and reach the final. There were a lot of expectations from us and we played good football and a fair game. Thank God, there are no injuries.”

A good turn out would delight the Dynamos camp. The lack of spectators has been a sore point but the home team is praying the turn out would be much improved. Crowd support can make the difference and Dynamos would look for motivation from the stands in what is expected to be a thriller, given the penchant of the two teams to play attacking football.