The manager believes the Gaurs can still make the play-offs…

FC Goa succumbed to their fifth loss of Hero Indian Super League 2016 against Delhi Dynamos FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Sunday evening. Goals from Marcelinho and Richard Gadze in the second half saw the Lions bag all three points with a comfortable 2-0 win over the hosts in front of almost 18,000 fans.

The Gaurs’ head coach, Zico was visibly disappointed after the game but was proud of his players’ fighting qualities. “When we lose we are never happy but I’m pleased with my players, the spirit with which they fought in the game. They didn’t give up till the end,” Zico told reporters after the game.

The loss now sees Goa enter the second half of the league stage with four points from seven matches. Zico had made his intentions clear prior to Sunday’s match of having at least seven points heading into the second part of the league stage. Commenting on what now lay ahead for his team, the 63-year-old said: “Our situation is complicated, difficult. We need to win at least five games from seven matches but still we are breathing and as long as we are breathing, we have hope.”

When asked what his thinking was behind playing defender Sanjay Balmuchu at the centre of the park, Zico added: “His original position is in defence. He was playing in the midfield because I don’t have a player available in that position with necessary characteristics. But he did not compromise the match in any way. We had many chances, shots that hit the post. In 10 minutes, they scored two goals and penalised the defence. We train so that these kind of things don’t happen but they happened.”

FC Goa are now in action against FC Pune City at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Balewadi on November 3.

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