Defensive Delhi to take on aggressive Goa in 1st leg of semis

Delhi Dynamos will take on FC Goa — which beat the host team twice in the league phase — in the first leg of the Indian Super League semifinal match in New Delhi on Friday.

Goa finished on top of the ISL league table and won both their league matches against Delhi Dynamos — 2-0 at home and 3-2 away — and current form would give them an advantage at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday.

Goa’s last won in the national capital last week when they bounced back from two goals down in the first session to script a remarkable 3-2 victory that took them to the top of the table and left Delhi Dynamos in the fourth place.

By virtue of that win, Goa took the advantage of playing the second leg of the first semifinal at home.

Delhi’s football fans were treated with five goals last time the two sides met, though they must have been disappointed that the home team lost. They would hope for same attacking football on Friday also.

It could be a fascinating contest between attacking Goa and defensively-solid Delhi, which prefers to keep hold of possession.

Among the four semi-finalists, Delhi have scored the least number of goals (18), while Goa — under Zico — have found the opposition net 29 times, the highest among the eight teams.

Coach Roberto Carlos has transformed Delhi into a well-oiled unit that is difficult to break down with Anas Edathodika and John Arne Riise marshalling their backline.

Carlos’ tactical discipline and organisation has made sure that Delhi do not concede many goals either (20).

Despite losing both league games against Goa, Carlos said his team has enough potential to create an upset and make it to the final on December 20.

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