Delhi Dynamos fired three stunning goals and scored another one from the penalty spot to outplay Chennaiyin FC 4-1 to record their first win in the Hero Indian Super League in New Delhi on Saturday.
Wim Raymaekers and Mads Junker scored in the second and 21st minutes before Bruno Arias and Gustavo dos Santos found the net in the 79th and 90th minutes for the Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Brazilian World Cupper Elano Blumer pulled one back for Chennaiyin in the 69th minute with another brilliant goal through a free-kick on the night of four stunning goals.
Dynamos were searching for a win after a goal-less draw in their opening match against Pune City FC and 1-1 stalemate against table leaders Atletico de Kolkata and they were the deserved winners as they had more possession and more shots at the goal.
Captain Alessandro Del Piero did nothing extraordinary but Dynamos midfield of Bruno, Hans Mulder, Steven Dias and Shylo Malsawmtulanga controlled the middle of the park to give the home side upper hand.
Chennaiyin came back a better side in the second half after off-colour captain Bojan Djordijic was replaced by Colombian John Mendoza as they had more shots at Dynamos goal but tasted their first defeat after back-to-back wins.
With the win, Dymanos are now on fourth spot in the table with five points while Chennaiyin remained on third with six points.
Former India international Dias found a place for the first time in the Dynamos starting line-up in place of injured Morten Skoubo and he made an impact with a perfect assist that led to the home side’s second goal.
He had another fine overlapping run at the right flank but his attempt at the goal got the outstretched hands of Chennaiyin goalkeeper four minutes into the second session.
Even as the weekend crowd was yet to settle down, central defender Wim Raymaekers scored a stunning goal in the second minute to give the home side an early lead.
Del Piero took a short corner towards Malsawmtulanga who passed the ball to the Belgian full back Raymaekers whose booming shot from the top of the box landed in the top right corner of the Chennaiyin net.
Dynamos had another chance in the 13th minute but Junker, instead of taking a shot in front of goal off a fine curling pass from Dias, sent it for a pass only to be cleared by a Chennaiyin defender.
Junker, however, made amends of his mistake eight minutes later with the second brilliant strike of the night. Del Piero’s corner came back to him after a clearance from a Chennaiyin defender and the Italian legend passed it to Dias whose inch-perfect floater was met by a diving Junker’s head
and goalkeeper Gennaro Bracigliano dived to his left in vain.
For Chennaiyin, Harmanjot Khabra’s low shot in the 12th minute beat Dynamos goalkeeper Kristof Van Hoult but went wide.
Chennaiyin brought in John Mendoza at the beginning of second half in place of off-colour Djordijic and that gave them the much needed boost in their attack.
Mendoza had a fine left-footed low shot from inside the box but the lanky Dynamos keeper Hout was quick to dive to his left for a corner. Again in the 76th minute, Mendoza had another go at the Dynamos goal but Hout was at it again to deny him.
Before that Brazilian star Elano scored from a set piece yet again in the 69th minute for his third goal of the tournament with a fine curling effort that beat the Dynamos goalkeeper to the stunning silence of more than 15,000 strong home crowd.
Arias took the match out of Chennaiyin’s reached as he stepped up to score from the spot in the 79th minute after Shouvik Ghosh was brought down by Harmanjot Khabra inside the box.
The match ended with another brilliant goal with Dos Santos scoring just before final whistle with a solo effort just a minute after he came to the field in place of Malsawmtulanga.
The Brazilian beat a host of defenders after getting the ball midway the opposition goal before sending past the Channaiyin goal-keeper to the wild celebration of Dynamos fans at the stand.