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Reigning champions Dempo silence FC Pune City

Vasco: Reigning champions Dempo Sports Club outplayed FC Pune City 3-1 to enter the semi-finals of the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Sunday.

Needing a draw to secure a place in the semi-finals, Dempo did better by convincingly defeating FC Pune City to top group A and book a last-four clash against Sporting Clube de Goa on Tuesday.

Pune bowed out of the tournament without registering a single win from three matches. ONGC

(Mumbai) and Salgaocar FC will face each other in the second semi -final on Wednesday.

Dempo played for full points as they found goals through Mario Mascarenhas (56th minute), Jessel Carneiro (61st minute) and Latesh Mandrekar (68th minute) while Pune City reduced the margin through Jakob Vanlalhimpuia in the 77th minute.

Both teams walked out at half time with no score on the board. Although under initial pressure,

Dempo managed to create three good chances, only for Joaquim Abranches, Jessel and Latesh to fall short.

In the second session, Dempo drew first blood through Mario who headed home a fine cross from the left inside a crowded goalmouth. Needing to win, Pune upped the ante but Dempo dealt them another blow five minutes later from a free-kick which was awarded after the goalkeeper stepped out with the ball still in his hands. Jessel stepped up to take the free-kick on the edge of the box and finished it with a well-worked move.

Latesh made it 3-0 when he converted a penalty, which he had himself won after being brought down by Rohit Kumar inside the box.

There was now no way back for Pune City, although they did manage to pull a goal back in the closing stages through Jakob Vanlalhimpuia, who was fed on the platter inside the box and had to just divert the ball into the goal.

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