Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City play out 1-1 draw

Delhi Dynamos scored 11 minutes from time to equalise with FC Pune City after a dominant showing at home.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 29, 2016 2:13 pm
Delhi were unable to break their winless streak despite the home fans on their side. (Source: PTI)

Delhi Dynamos coach Gianluca Zambrotta has urged his strikers to start firing and get the campaign back on track as they faced struggling FC Pune City in the Indian Super League clash at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, on Thursday. But even with Delhi enjoying the larger share of possession and the chances created, they weren’t able to score as the contest finished 1-1.

In the first half stoppage time, Pune took the lead against the run of play with Jose Rodriguez Tato leaping highest on the far post to head the ball behind the goalkeeper and make it 1-0.

Delhi continued their raids on the Pune goal but remained luckless as far as goals were concerned. Marcelinho had a glorious chance with the goal gaping in front of him but he sent his side footed effort into the side netting to keep Pune in the lead.

However in the 79th minute, Milan Singh scored his first of the league to equalise matters for the home side. He took a first time shot from a free kick to drill the ball in the corner of the goal.


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Delhi Dynamos seek to end 4-match winless streak

Winless in their last four games and languishing at the bottom half of the points table, Delhi Dynamos would look to notch up their first victory at home when they take on a struggling FC Pune City in an Indian Super League football match.
Delhi began the tournament with a bang by defeating defending champions Chennaiyin FC in Chennai in their campaign opener but since then they have been on a four-match winless streak.
It’s not so much that they have been out of sorts but simply Delhi have not been able to do that extra bit to get a win. After the Chennai win, there were three consecutive draws — against Kerala Blasters, NorthEast United and Mumbai FC.
The last two draws came at home and that did not do anything good for Delhi though the match against Mumbai was a six-goal thriller. They then lost their last game against 10-man Atletico de Kolkata 0-1, failing to score from a penalty. That pushed Delhi to sixth spot in the eight-team league table.
Understandably, Delhi coach Gianluca Zambrotta expressed concern and asked his strikers to start firing and get the campaign back on track.
“In the last match (against ATK), we had opportunities to score but did not kill the match. We are able to create a lot of chances, that’s no problem for us. Unfortunately in the last match, there were some mistakes. Football is like this, sometimes it may appear cruel. It is important for us to think positively,” said Zambrotta at the pre-match press conference.
“We have very good players and at the moment, they are not at their best. They have to improve,” he said.
Zambrotta can take heart from Delhi’s clean sheet results against FC Pune City since the start of ISL. Delhi have never lost against Pune in four encounters, winning three of them and the other match ending in a goalless draw.
Pune have also not been doing better either as they have notched up just one win from five matches, while losing twice and drawing twice. They are at seventh in the points table with just five points.
Pune coach Antonio Habas conceded that his players were failing to get the goals.
“We have 95 per cent new players. We have not created scoring chances. We need time to settle down but the problem is that ISL is a short competition. We have to improve, create more chances and score more goals,” he said.
Habas, who won the title with ATK in the inaugural edition of the ISL, served a four-match suspension and since returning back on the bench he has earned just a draw against Chennaiyin FC.
Pune midfielder Jonatan Lucca said that Delhi would start favourites tomorrow.
“Pune City are a very good side. I have respect for Delhi but we will try and win this game. Delhi should be the favourites since they are playing at home,” said Lucca.
A win for Delhi Dynamos will help them move back to the top four while Pune City also have a chance to be among the best four teams should they score three or more goals against their rivals, who they have never defeated in the past.

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Delhi Dynamos:
Soram Poirei(GK), Rupert Nongrum, Rubén González Rocha, Souvik Chakraborty, Anas Edathodika, David Addy, Milan Singh, Florent Malouda(C), Emerson Gomes de Moura, Marcelo Leite Pereira, Richard Gadze.

FC Pune City: Apoula Edima Edel Bete(GK), Narayan Das, Rahul Shankar Bheke, Eduardo Ferreira, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Gouramangi Singh Moirangthem, Mohamed Sissoko(C), Jonatan Lucca, Sanju Pradhan, Dramane Traore, Jesus Rodriguez Tato.

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KICK OFF! And off we go at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital. Key game for Delhi to try and get back to the top half of the table.

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Delhi with the early flurry of attacks with most of them coming down the left. David Addy with a chance early early on to put the home side ahead but his effort went just wide. After 10 mins, it is 0-0

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SAVE! Apoula Edima Edel Bete with a great save to deny Delhi the opener. The ball took a wicked deflection after hitting the foot of the Pune player. That was a great chance

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SUPER SAVE! Edel Bete with yet another spectacular save to keep the stalemate going. Florent Malouda with a chest control and then turn to shoot to force a save. Lovely shot and an even better save

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GOAL! Jesus Rodriguez Tato leaps highest at the far post on a cross from the right and the looping header creeps into the far post and Pune have the lead against the run of play. It was all Delhi for the large portions of the first half and it all changed in the last few seconds.

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HALF TIME: And at half time, FC Pune City are in the lead by 1-0 against Delhi Dynamos. It was all DD in the first half and the complexion of the game changed in the last few seconds.

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Second half underway in Delhi. Dynamos playing the chasing game now after enjoying a great first half but unable to find a goal. And then being suckerpunched at the close.

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MISS! That would be the miss of the league. Marcelo Leite Pereira with the goal gaping in front of him and the side footed effort hits the side netting. Mix up between the Pune defenders and keeper Bete and the ball falls kindly for the Delhi player. And a real mess of it!

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DELHI DYNAMOS EQUALISE! Milan Singh with the goal Free kick just outside the box for Delhi and a threatening position. It is played down the ground and Milan Singh gets a shot on to beat Bete who has been unbeatable today. Plenty of bodies in the way and surely the keeper was unsighted. It is 1-1!

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FULL TIME: And that’s that for an interesting game of football that could have seen more goals but for FC Pune City’s goalkeeper Bete and Delhi’s less than accurate finishing. It finishes 1-1 in Delhi.