The Gaurs needed just a point to top the league stage of the ISL 2019-20 season, thereby clinching the AFC Champions League spot. They went on to do it in style, with a five-goal performance that floored Jamshedpur FC.
They finished top of the qualifications with 39 points in 18 matches, scoring a record 46 goals in the process.
Ferran Corominas was the top scorer for the Goan club with 14 goals, and Hugo Boumous was the creator-in-chief, contributing 11 goals and eight assists.
FC Goa will also bag prize money worth INR 50 Lakhs and will presented with the first-ever ISL league stage winner’s shield.
India and Bengaluru FC captain, Sunil Chettri, took to Twitter to congratulate FC Goa. He wrote, "Congratulations are in order for FC Goa on bagging the AFC Champions League spot. The perfect reward for season-long consistency."
Indian clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have played in the Asian Club Championships but no team from the country has ever played in the group stage of AFC Champions League since its introduction in 2002.
In the inaugural edition, India’s Churchill Brothers and Mohun Bagan went as far as the Qualification round 4 (East Zone) but failed to reach the group stage.