Golden Goa: Full time whistle blows on league as play-offs begin


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READY: Zico led Goa FC to the top of the ISL this season and will be hoping for victory in the play-offs

READY: Zico led Goa FC to the top of the ISL this season and will be hoping for victory in the play-offs

The second annual Indian Super League (ISL) came to a dramatic close last weekend as Goa FC secured their first league title with a 90th minute winner.

Having trailed by two-goals-to-nil at half time to Delhi Dynamos, who themselves would have clinched the league with victory, Zico’s men pulled off an amazing comeback with three goals in the final 22 minutes.

Romeo Fernandes brought Goa back into the game with his first goal, before doubling his personal tally just one minute later to level the scores.

With a draw not good enough for either side, both teams pushed for a winner before a second goal of the season for Spaniard Jofre secured all three points for the visitors.

With the league title now in the bag, the top four teams in the league will face off in a play-off format to see who wins the ISL Shield.

Following their eventful fixture last Sunday, Goa will once again face-off against Delhi Dynamos whilst Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC make up the other tie.

Speaking ahead of the first play-off leg, Zico said: “I hope we can improve from last year. We came to the semi-finals and lost.

“This year, I hope we can reach the finals and do our best there. I think we fulfilled all the expectations we had. We played good football, played a good game and now we are here.

“I just think that our players are a little bit more experienced from the players last year so they will be used to it.

“But it is a completely different team. We changed 14-15 players. Not only is us, Delhi also have a completely different team.”

Elsewhere, Colombian Stiven Mendoza was awarded the golden boot after hitting 11 goals in just 13 games for Chennaiyin. Former Barnsley forward, Iain Hume, finished second in the goal-scoring charts with 10 goals.

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