Fatorda, May 30: Pune FC ended their campaign in the I-League football competition in the fifth place following a 0-4 defeat to Sporting Clube de Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. The result meant that Pune (29 points) finished the season in the fifth place, level on points with fourth placed East Bengal (29 pts), but behind on goal difference. Meanwhile Sporting Goa claimed the eighth spot with 23 points from the full quota of 20 matches.
In this crucial round-22 encounter, a hat-trick from Nigerian striker Odafa Okolie (27th, 68th, 90+3rd minute) and a goal from defender Sandesh Jhingan (41st) handed Pune their seventh loss of the season. Incidentally, it was also Pune FC’s biggest loss this season as well as their biggest loss against Sporting Goa. As the game began, it was Sporting who had the early chance when striker Odafa got into the box in the very first minute. However, his powerful attempt from close was saved by keeper Amrinder Singh. IANS