Pune qualify for semis despite 0-4 loss to Goa

February 28, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 03:31 am IST - Mumbai:

Despite suffering a humiliating 4-0 rout at the hands of FC Goa in their match on Monday, FC Pune City have booked their place in the semi-finals of the Indian Super League (ISL) football for the first time ever, according to the league organisers.

Pune City suffered their worst defeat of the season against Goa in their penultimate round robin clash at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.

But their impressive performances earlier in the season means they don’t have to wait for the final league clash against Delhi Dynamos on March 2 to secure a point for a place in the play-offs, an ISL release said.

They will finish in the top four, regardless of other results, and the achievement of breaking into the top four for the first time since the ISL was launched in 2014 was hailed by the club’s chief coach Ranko Popovic.

“As a club, this was our first hurdle to clear, to reach the play-offs. The entire team has worked consistently towards the same goal and this spot is a result of the hard work put in by everyone.”

Pune City are placed second on the ISL points table with 29 points.PTI

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