ISL: FC Goa tames FC Pune City 4-0

Corominas struck a brace, including a penalty; Hugo Boumous and Manuel Lanzarote scored one each for the visitor.

Ferran Corominas (in white) of FC Goa en route target against FC Pune City at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Sunday.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

 

FC Goa left FC Pune City white-faced with a display of pure aggression. Needing to win every match to remain in contention for a semifinal berth this season, the visitor beat the home team 4-0 at the Balewadi Stadium here on Sunday.

Ferran Corominas struck a brace, including a penalty. Hugo Boumous showed devastating form and scored once. Manuel Lanzarote converted a penalty and chipped in with passes in the stunning win.

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Pune’s evening of misery was complete when captain Marcelinho picked up a red card when the side was four goals down. But Sergio Juste’s challenge on the Brazilian following a sliding tackle went unpunished. The talisman will miss the team’s next tie against Delhi Dynamos.

 

Emilano Alfaro’s absence, due to suspension was felt in the offensive half against Goa, playing in all-white outfit instead of regular blue.

Boumous and Corominas were unstoppable — bulging the net with a left-footer whipped across and then a sweetly timed right-footer rocketing in from an acute angle respectively — leaving Pune custodian Vishal Kaith in a hapless state, albeit he pulled off two saves in the first half. But his efforts were lost amid the deluge of goals.

There was a sense of ease with which Boumous, Corominas, Lanzarote, captain Mandar Dessai combined — tapping the ball between themselves as if the defence did not exist. A lightening raid down the right split open the home team defence.

Corominas extended his tally to 15 goals, the highest scorer in the competition.

The win boosted the under-pressure visitor (in sixth place) with two games remaining. The home team remains in second position after 17 ties and will need to recover from this shock loss.

The two teams also observed one-minute silence in memory of the late Sridevi, who was related to FC Pune City co-owner Arjun Kapoor. The renowned actress passed away due to a cardiac arrest in the wee hours of Sunday.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

 

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