Kochi: Striker Reinaldo struck a hat-trick as FC Goa hammered 10-man Kerala Blasters 5-1 to confirm their place in the semi-finals here on Sunday. The visitors came from behind after Pulga’s second-minute opener and were eased into a thumping win after Josu saw red at half time. The result knocked Kerala out from the equation and they remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Joffre cancelled out Pulga’s strike in the 12 minute and Reinaldo got the first of his treble in the 29th. The Brazilian completed his tally in the 50 and the 61 minutes, and Mandar Rao Deasi added to the tally three minutes later.
Ironically, Kerala made their best ever-start at home scoring from the first shot on target. Antonio German outran Mandar on the right and pulled back for Pulga, who caressed in at the near post.
Abandoning the diamond in midfield seemed to work for Kerala, but the visitors had more width and used it to nullify the hosts’ full backs for the equaliser. Saumik was at fault as Debabrata swung in and Reinaldo assisted the goal of Joffre .
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