ISL: FC Goa trounce Pune City to keep semi-final hopes alive

ISL 2017-18 Ranko Popovic wants Pune City to keep winning games

ISL 2017-18 Ranko Popovic wants Pune City to keep winning games

FC Pune City will look to seal a playoff berth when they take on a stuttering FC Goa in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here tomorrow.

Corominas will have a chance to improve his tally as Goa has two more matches to play in its quest to seal a play-off spot, one against ATK at home and the last one at Jamshedpur.

Goa, meanwhile, will take heart from Pune's previous home game here when they suffered a 1-2 loss at the hands of Kerala Blasters.

Lanzarote aimed at the left bottom corner of the net, as Pune custodian Vishal Kaith dived the other way.

Earlier, Pune were unlucky as the woodwork came to the rescue of Goa in the 11th minute to deny Sahil Panwar's header, off a free-kick by their star Brazilian striker Marcelinho.

To compound Pune's misery Marcelinho was booked for the second time late in the game and had to leave the field.

Goa did have the slight upper hand in the half itself with the excellent combination of Frenchman Boumos and Spaniard Corominas who laid the ideal pass for the former to score the second goal of the game soon after the start of the second half. A minute after restart, Hugo made a run to the right and calmly squared it to Lanzarote who hit it on target but Kaith made another spectacular save.

Corominas was soon to score his 15th goal and Goa's fourth in the 65th minute from a penalty, which was awarded after Mandar Rao Dessai's cross was handled by Sarthak Golui.

His nearest contender for the golden boot in the current season is Bengaluru FC's Miku, who has 13 goals in 17 matches.