Durand Cup: FC Goa reaches quarter-final with win over Sudeva Delhi

Muhammed Nemil and his Spanish substitute Jorge Ortiz Mendoza helped FC Goa to score a 2-1 win over Sudeva Delhi with important goals, making them the third team to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the 130th Durand Cup soccer tournament on Monday.

William scored a penalty for Sudeva. The two teams met in Group B at Salt Lake Stadium.

While Goa held a 100 percent win record after two games, Sudeva is now defeated in both games and can no longer be expected.

The game was played again under heavy ground conditions and at times in heavy rain and had to be completed in the second half in the light of the VYBK.

There were no clear chances in the first half of the game, although Sudeva did create a few half chances.

Most of the Goa plays were played from the right side, with Seriton Fernandez, Romario Jesuraj and Spaniard Alberto Noguera Ripoll being well combined as the man of the game.

Just when it looked like half-time would end goalless, Nemil (45 + 2) unleashed a massive left-footed curler from outside the box in the second and last minute of stoppage time to defeat keeper Sachin Jha across the board. It was a great blow and came out of nowhere.

Sudeva started the second half with his forefoot determined to equalize. They created two chances within the first 10 minutes, but could not use them.

Coach Chencho Dorji influenced the changes for Sudeva looking for an equalizer, but the Delhi side suffered another setback when he injured goalkeeper Sachin.

FC Goa, on the other hand, got stronger and stronger. In the 63rd minute, Ripoll missed a relatively easy one-on-one with Sudeva substitute keeper Legend Singh and hit him directly.

This was his final contribution to the game when a minute later Goa gawker Juan Ferrando Fenoll made a three-fold substitution, substituting Ripoll’s compatriots Edu Bedia and Jorge Ortiz Mendoza along with Brison Fernandes alongside Glan Martins and goalscorer Nemil.

The move worked when Ortiz scored the second goal for Goa in the 80th minute with a shot from just outside the box.

Sudeva found consolation very late in stoppage time when William Pauliankhum (90 + 8) converted a penalty thanks to a foul by Edu Bedia in the penalty area, but it was too late.