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Premier Futsal: Goa defeat Bengaluru 3-0, reach the semifinals!

Premier Futsal - Goa - BengaluruIt is the last match day of the group stages as Bengaluru 5s and Goa 5s battled it out to join Kolkata 5s in the Semi-Final from Group B. Goa 5s played their last game without a marquee player with Cafu still to arrive in India. Today, will be a different story. The FIFA World Cup winning captain who said he has spent a lot of his leisure time playing Futsal with his friends in Brazil to stay fit, will feel at home on the Futsal turf.

It took Cafu just a couple of minutes to take the first shot on goal and took the second shot a minute later. The first quarter also saw 18 year old Bengaluru 5’s Jonathan Piers take Cafu head on which kept the spectators in the game. The deadlock was broken by Goa 5’s, after Michael Silva drove home a deflected save from the Bengaluru 5’s Elias.

The second half became an end to end contest which saw goal-keepers parade of their posts and the score the home team stayed a goal ahead of the Bengaluru 5’s.

The third quarter started for Goa with a bang as the Vampeta rolled the ball in Rafael path who hit the back of the net from close range to double Goa 5’s lead. The Goan defence under Cafu’s guidance looked intimidating. They managed to shut down the Bengaluru attacks way before they could become a concern for their Goalkeeper, Bebe. He did not have to make a single save all through the quarter.

With Bengaluru trailing at the start of the final quarter, they had to put their might behind to find the goal. Their goalkeeper Elias was at the half way line dictating terms and putting pressure of the Goa 5’s. Cafu continued to dominate the proceedings and guiding his team from the back. Vampeta converted a penalty at 39 minutes to seal their berth in the Semi-finals with Kolkata from Group B.

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