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Super Cup: FC Goa through to quarter final by virtue of their 3-1 win over ATK

[caption id="attachment_64937" align="alignnone" width="580"]tuSdayRM Action from the Hero Super Cup encounter between FC Goa and ATK at Bhubneshwar. Image Courtesy: ISL[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: FC Goa prevailed over ATK in style to book a berth in the quarter final of the Hero Super Cup. The Goan outfit had a comprehensive 3-1 win over Kolkata, courtesy goals from Ferran Corominas, Hugo Boumous and Brandon Fernandes at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. Robbie Keane scored the sole goal for the two-time Hero Indian Super League (ISL) champions.

Gaurs looked more positive from the start as their constant efforts reaped dividends with Corominas scoring in injury time of the first half. The Spaniard latched onto Bedia’s defence-splitting through ball and slotted home neatly to ensure the Goan outfit entered the half leading 1-0.

ATK, however, was in no mood to hold themselves back and opened the second half with the equaliser. Zequinha’s cross from the left was headed back by Anwar Ali towards an unmarked Keane, who calmly sent the ball past the keeper into the back of the net. Goa tried to gain back the lead through Corominas and Boumous’ partnership but ATK held their own.

The Spanish combination continued their onslaught in the ATK box, before finally managing to break their resistance in the 70th minute through Boumous himself. An intelligent lob from Corominas set Boumous up, who after beating the offside trap, rushed forward to find the net past a helpless Poirei.

Four minutes later, Brandon had a chance but Poirei’s save kept his effort at bay. However, Brandon did manage to breach the ATK custodian minutes later, when his curler from a Corominas lay-off found the top corner and doubled Goa’s lead. ATK tried to find a way back but eventually ended up losing to gift the Gaurs a quarter-final berth. It also sums up the poor season of the two time Hero ISL Champions ATK.

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