Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos Football Club came from behind to hold B K hacken 2-2, riding on skipper Florent Malouda’s brace at the Bravida Arena here.
At one point it looked like, the Lions will crash to their second defeat against the Swedish side, but Malouda saved the day much to the delight of their head coach Gianluca Zambrotta.
The hosts started off well and took the attack right to Delhi Dynamos from the onset and drew first blood in the match through Alhassan Kamara, who scored as early as three minutes into the game. Dynamos regrouped immediately and almost snatched the equaliser in the fifth minute with Kean Lewis hitting a stinging shot, but unfortunately it landed wide.
After the early shock, Delhi came close to scoring in the 18th minute when Milan Singh attempted to hit one from a distance.
Hacken conjured up a counterattack much against the run of play and nearly scored their second goal of the night in the 25th minute, but it was Toni Doblas’ fine save that averted the danger.
With the half time whistle blown, teams walked into the tunnel with a scoreline of 1-0 in favour of the hosts.
At the change of ends, the home team took the lead for the second time in the match through John Owoeri in the 55th minute.
Delhi shifted to damage control mode and were awarded a penalty in the 59th minute, when a rushing Malouda was fouled in the box. With his sight set firmly on the target, the Frenchmen stepped up to take the spot kick and he buried the ball at the back of the net with a vicious left footer, which saw the keeper dive the other way.
With time running out, Malouda’s perseverance finally paid off as he scored his second of the match when he rose the highest to head a cross from Amoes Do to send the ball crashing at the back of the net.