Delhi Dynamos who secured 4th spot in league table will play their 1st Semi-Final at their home ground. Delhi won six games out of fourteen matches and secured 22 points has never beaten Goa in both the editions of league. The last encounter between these teams ended up Goa overcoming the two Goal deficits and wining the match. The result raised questions over DDFC’s defence as they conceded 5 goals in last 2 home matches. Dynamo’s head coach said the ticket to final would be decided in 180 minutes of game and they will try to play like 1st half of previous match. The former Real Madrid player also added that his full squad is fit and ready to play and will opt for 4-3-3 formation.
FC Goa finished top in the league won seven matches in league stage and secured 25 points. Goa who narrowly missed the final spot last season will not leave any room for mistake. Zico believes these two legs will define the season for them. Their star player Romeo played a crucial role in last game netting 2 goals after coming from bench. FCG’s all players are fit and ready for match and will play to win as said by Goa’s head coach Zico. He also added they have played good football this season and they want to reach finals which they missed closely.
The Semi-Final 1 of Hero ISL will kick-off at 7.00 PM IST at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi. Match will go live on StarSports 2 (English), StarSports 3 and Star Gold (in Hindi). Live streaming would also be live on starsports.com and Hotstar (little delay).
Delhi Dynamos FC (DDFC): Doblas, Adinga, Riise, Anas Souvik, Mulder, Chicao, Len, Malouda, Vinicius, Robin
FC Goa (FCG): Kattimani, Gregory, Gaikwad, Lucio, Moura, Lucca, Romeo, Jofre, Dudu, Haokip, Reinaldo
Delhi Dynamos FC (DDFC): Chicao, Malouda
FC Goa (FCG): Lucio, Romeo
FC Goa has the advantage of being unbeaten against Delhi Dynamos and will enter the pitch with that mindset. With likes of Gregory and Gaikwad at defence it would be difficult for Delhi men to score. Delhi’s defence has weakened as season has passed but the strong Irish man Riise would be hard to pass by. Robin has not been at top notch this season whereas Reinaldo has done good job this season.