Delhi Dynamos have recorded their second victory of the season with a 0-2 win over FC Goa. The introduction Marcelinho seemed to be the turning point for the visitors as the Argentine winger scored the first and assisted the second of Delhi’s goals.
FC Goa are going from bad to worse in the ISL. They have now endured their fifth defeat of the season and have lost all their all home matches so far. Zico could do nothing but cut a frustrated figure at the touchline as his team was picked up apart after the 75th minute.
FC Goa chief coach Zico has set a target of 20 points for his team which he believes should be good enough to qualify for the semi-finals of the Hero Indian Super League.
FC Goa have just four points from their first six matches but the Brazilian coach is sure that the campaign can be back on track if they can manage a win against Delhi Dynamos at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda-Goa, on Sunday.
“I think with 20 points we can be in the top four. May be, even with less points we can be in the semi-finals with the results that are happening at the moment,” Zico said at the pre-match media briefing.
FC Goa lost both their matches at home so far. A last-minute winner helped FC Pune City walk away with full points from Goa and in the last game, Kerala Blasters fought their way back for a victory after being a goal down at the break. Despite the setbacks, Zico is confident that his team has the ability to spark a turnaround.
“I think not just this game against Delhi Dynamos but all matches are crucial. Judging from the situation we are now, it’s much more important to win now. We have the ability to win this game, finish the first leg with seven points and in the second phase, which is like a new tournament, get our campaign back on track,” said Zico.
For Delhi Dynamos, this is also a must-win match after Gianluca Zambrotta’s side remained without a win for the last five matches. Delhi Dynamos started the ISL with a flourish as they dethroned Chennaiyin FC 3-1 in Chennai but since defeating the defending champions, they have only managed four points from their last five matches.
“I am not frustrated with our situation. It’s important for us to maintain a good attitude and remain positive. If we continue in the same manner, we will have good results,” said Zambrotta.
The Italian coach understands the battle he has on his hand, especially against FC Goa who are equally determined to have another victory under their belt.
“We know that Goa wants to win this game which will help them stay in contention. It will be an interesting match,” said Zambrotta.
A win for Delhi Dynamos will take them to the top four with 10 points and ensure they are within close distance of the first three teams. A win for FC Goa, on the other hand, will just help them above FC Pune City in seventh place but Zico knows the win can be a catalyst when the second phase kicks off.
10′ gone FC Goa 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
Delhi Dynamos have made the early forrays into the opposition box and Goa were rescued only by the ball being headed wide from a good cross. Otherwise, the home side have looked solid in defence.
15′ gone FC Goa 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
FC Goa had a glance at goal when Julio Cesar made a run into the box down the left. He was able to beat the defender and take a shot. The goalkeeper couldn’t reach the ball but the shot went wide off the post.
20′ gone FC Goa 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
Delhi get consecutive corners and after the final one, Goa goalkeeper went down clutching his calf. Goa did well to defend the corners , not allowing any of the Delhi players get the better of them in six-yard-box. Both teams have had their fair share of chances in thse first 20 minutes.
30′ gone FC Goa 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
Delhi had a fantastic chacne to go in front. A Misplaced pass from a Goa centre back gifted the ball straight to Delhi Dynamos. A perfect through ball found Richard Gadze who put the shot wide. It was a gift that Delhi could not take advantage of.
40′ gone FC Goa 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
Florent Malouda had three free kicks and all three have been unfruitfull. Both teams are lackuing a clinical touch needed in the final move to score a goal. Delhi continue to have a higher share of possession.
HALF TIME FC Goa 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
Delhi Dynamos have had more possession but both teams pretty much had an even share of chances. Delhi had the best chance of the match so far when the ball was gifted to them but Gadze was unable to make the finishing touch. Romeo Fernandes unleashed a shot from outside the box just before half time that forced Delhi goalkeeper Doblas to make a sensational diving save. It is a wonder how it has stayed goalless.
55′ gone FC Goa 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
Delhi Dynamos are still hogging posession and are the team making more attacks in this second half. The only reason they are not ahead only because of misplaced passes and shots in the final third.
60′ gone FC Goa 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
Worrying site for FC Goa as Julio Cesar goes down after trying to get past Rocha in what looks like a hamstring problem. Meanwhile Delhi try to infuse more quality into the attack by bringing on Marcelinho.
GOAL! FC Goa 0-1 Delhi Dynamos (71′ Marcelinho)
Delhi goalkeeper Doblas sent a ball deep into the Goa half Marcelinho collected it and kept running into the box. He then whipped the shot in from a tight angle and the ball found the back of the net
GOAL! FC Goa 0-2 Delhi Dynamos (76′ Gadze)
Marcelinho turned provided the goal this time. He was running down the right this time and the goalkeeper expected him to shoot. Instead, he passed it to Gadze who was free in the middle who guided it into the net. Two goals in five minutes and Delhi seem to have laid the game to rest.
GOAL! FC Goa 0-2 Delhi Dynamos (76′ Gadze)
Marcelinho provided the goal this time. He was running down the right this time and the goalkeeper expected him to shoot. Instead, he passed it to Gadze who was free in the middle who guided it into the net. Two goals in five minutes and Delhi seem to have laid the game to rest.
85′ gone FC Goa 0-2 Delhi Dynamos
FC Goa had a good chance to come back ito the game when a free kick was cleared off poorly by Delhi Dynamos. In the end, the defendingg side were able to dealk with the ball.
FULL TIME! FC Goa 0-2 Delhi Dynamos
Delhi Dynamos were the dominant side throughout the match and the scoreline is only a justification of that. FC Goa have now lost five matches in this year’s ISL and the 20 point target that Zico set before the match seems a bit unachievable. Delhi Dynamos, on the other hand have wion their second match of the season and will be looking to improve as they stay very much in contention for a semi final spot.