Kerala Blasters & Delhi Dynamos play out goalless draw: As it happened

Both teams had their fair share of opportunities but couldn't convert any of them.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 11, 2016 5:53 pm
Delhi Dynamos will be upbeat after their victory against Chennaiyin FC. (Source: twitter)

Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was painted yellow but the crowd that turned out might not be too happy about what they got to see. At the end of the ninety minutes, Michael Chopra’s attempt in the first-half remained the best chance that any team could muster for the rest of the match.

While the first half was a free flowing one with very few stoppages, the second half was a complete antithesis. Both teams were making rash challenges that resulted in free-kicks and cards. We will have to wait and see how serious is the injury sustained by Delhi Dynamos’ goalkeeper Antonio Doblas Santana but he didn’t seem very happy with the man against whom he collided, Sandesh Jhingan.

The result now means that Kerala Blasters have earned their first point of the season. They will be hoping to build up on it and try to emulate what they did in 2014 and hoping not to have a repeat of last season.

Delhi Dynamos move up the table to third position above Atletico de Kolkata due to their superior goal difference.

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Kerala will certainly be looking to get at least a point from this match as they have lost both their previous fixtures against Atletico de Kolkata and NorthEast United. Delhi Dynamos will be more upbeat after clinching an unexpected 3-1 victory against Chennaiyin FC in Chennai. Kerala’s home stadium is almost India’s answer to Borussia Dortmund’s yellow wall and today we will see how much a role they will play in ensuring three points for their side.

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Team line-ups are out!

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10′ gone, Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

For now, Kerala Blasters are the ones with more possession but it is still early to say anything. What we have understood from this year’s ISL is that it is futile to try and predict a match based on the first few minutes.

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20′ gone. Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

It’s becoming a level contest with both teams going for the attack as soon as they get the ball. Delhi had a chance to work something through a set-piece routine. While Florent Malouda did whip in a good ball, it was not met by a the head of any of the Delhi players and was cleared. Right now though, it seems to be a game between Kerala’s crosses and Delhi’s defence/counter attacks.

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30′ gone Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

Not much to report in this first-half so far. The game hasn’t seen many stoppages and most of the battles have been confined to the midfield, which makes for some monotonous viewing. For now, it remains all-square.

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HALF TIME! Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

One of the best chances in the first half came a couple of minutes before half -time for Kerala Blaster’s Michael Chopra. He couldn’t convert but that pretty much sums up the first half in which Kerala dominated on the ball but never do anything significant with all that possession. Hence, halfway through the match, the match is goal-less.

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HALF TIME! Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

One of the best chances in the first half came a couple of minutes before half -time for Kerala Blaster’s Michael Chopra. He couldn’t convert but that pretty much sums up the first half in which Kerala dominated on the ball but never do anything significant with all that possession. Hence, halfway through the match, the match is goal-less.

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HALF TIME! Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

One of the best chances in the first half came a couple of minutes before half -time for Kerala Blaster’s Michael Chopra. He couldn’t convert but that pretty much sums up the first half in which Kerala dominated on the ball but never do anything significant with all that possession. Hence, halfway through the match, the match is goal-less.

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50′ gone Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

There seems to be a problem for the Delhi Dynamos goalkeeper Antonio Doblas Santana. He has stayed down after seemingly hurting his head while trying to keep out a free-kick. While the stand-in goalkeeper is warming up. It seems he won’t be able to carry on and the physios are pointing to the bench to bring in the replacement.

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60′ gone Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

Delhi Dynamos have lost their first-choice goalkeeper and stand-in Soram Poirei hasn’t had much to do so far as the Delhi defence have seen away most of the challenges made on their box. The visitors are now trying to switch their play and focusing more on attack but are yet to find a breakthrough.

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70′ gone Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

Delhi seems to have had a genuine chance for a penalty that was ruled out when Badari Badji was brought down inside the box. The referee for some reason did not blow the whistle and let the play go on. Michale Chopra almost found the net earlier in the 63rd minute but was ruled offside. He might be happy that he was ruled offside as he missed a sitter.

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80′ gone Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

Delhi are very lucky to be not given a penalty. Michael Chopra was fouled not once but twice inside the box. To his credit he didn;t go down the first time and the second time, he made too much of a rather insignificant touch but with tackles flying about like this, one would expect the referee to take some corrective action.

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FULL TIME!! Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

6 mins of added time was given possibly due to the injury to Delhi Dynamos goalkeeper Doblas. Unlike the first-half, which hardly had any stoppages, the second-half was filled with them with quite a few rash tackles flying from both sides. In the end, it did seem like both the teams were settling for the one point which made those extra 6 minutes nothing more than a waste of energy.

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FULL TIME!! Kerala Blasters 0-0 Delhi Dynamos

6 mins of added time was given possibly due to the injury to Delhi Dynamos goalkeeper Doblas. Unlike the first-half, which hardly had any stoppages, the second-half was filled with them with quite a few rash tackles flying from both sides. In the end, it did seem like both the teams were settling for the one point which made those extra 6 minutes nothing more than a waste of energy.