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Del Piero scores maiden ISL goal as Delhi hold Chennaiyin 2-2

Italian legend Alessandro del Piero scored his first goal at the fag end of the tournament via a superb free-kick as Delhi Dynamos rallied from two goal down to hold leaders Chennaiyin FC 2-2 in a thrilling Indian Super League football match.

The draw gave Delhi a small chance to make it to the semifinals as their qualification will now depend on the results of tomorrow’s matches.

Chennaiyin, who now have 23 points after their league engagements ended today, and Goa FC (21 points with one match left) have already qualified for the semifinals. Delhi have also ended their league engagements with 18 points and their fate may be decided by the result of tomorrow’s match between Atletico de Kolkata — who also have 18 points — and Goa FC in Kolkata.

A win will seal ATK a place in the last four but a loss against Goa tomorrow by a two-goal margin may create problems for them. ATK have a goal difference of three as against two of Delhi. A loss for ATK tomorrow by two-goal margin will see their goal difference reduce to just one.

Chennai got off to an great start with Bruno Pelissari and Jeje Lalpekhlua putting them comfortably ahead in the 16th and 28th minutes respectively. Delhi hit back in the second session through Del Piero’s excellent free-kick in the 53rd minute and Hans Mulder’s drive from outside the area in the 88th minute.

Delhi looked the better of the two teams at the start of the game and set about attacking with purpose. They did threaten the Chennaiyin citadel time and again but were unable to make the most of their chances.

It was Chennai who took the unexpected lead. Adil Khan blocked Jeje Lalpekhlua from running on to a loose ball in the box and hit it out for a corner. The Brazilian Pelissari stepped up and curled his flag-kick directly past Kristof Van Hout and into the far corner for a sensational opener in the 16th minute that set the home side on their way.

Things did not get better for the visitors following the goal as Mads Junker went down with an injury and was replaced by Del Piero in the 23rd minute.

Kerala Blasters beat Delhi Dynamos 1-0

Delhi Dynamos extended their dismal run in the Hero Indian Super League as they lost by a solitary goal to Kerala Blasters to remain at the bottom of the table and put themselves in a difficult position to qualify for the semifinals on Sunday.

Second half substitute Penn Orji scored the all-important goal in the 61st minute as Kerala notched up their third win in nine matches to jump to third spot in the league standings.

Delhi made as many as half a dozen changes in their starting line up from the one that lost 1-4 against FC Goa in their last match here, with captain Alessandro Del Piero taking the field after sitting out of a match but it was same old story for the home side as they slumped to their fourth loss in the tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

It turned out to be another disappointing day for Delhi as their frontmen continued with their inability to score goals but Del Piero had his best day on the field since the start of the league.

The final pass or the final strike never came. Del Piero was at the thick of things with his free-kicks, corner kicks and a few fine passes but all went abegging.

Del Piero had flashes of his old trickery but did not result to any success. He sent Malsawmtluanga on the clear with a fine pass in the 27th minute but the Indian midfielder failed to control the ball properly under pressure from a defender.

The Italian legend was on the verge of scoring his first goal of the tournament but his running header in the 39th minute off a fine cross from the right by Junker.

But, teammate Adil Khan, who was also going for the ball, stood in the way and blocked it, unintentionally though. The ball went towards the right corner and was cleared by defender Cedric Hengbart.

Needing a win to keep themselves in contention for a semifinal berth, both sides showed their attacking intent by pushing the defensive line high and it was a battle of midfield superiority.

There was not much to separate between the two with clear chances not coming either way and Orji’s strike made the difference to the disappointment of the sizable home supporters who turned up on Sunday.

With Sunday’s loss, their fourth in five matches, Delhi remained at the bottom of the eight-team league standings with seven points from mine matches. They have just tasted one win.

Kerala jumped to third spot with 12 points from nine matches, though they have played one more match than the six remaining teams.

Delhi suffered a jolt by the halftime as key central defender Wim Raymaekers was injured and was replaced by Stijn Houben.

The second half saw Delhi giving away spaces for Kerala attackers and the visitors struck just past the hour mark with in-form Penn Orji finding the target five minutes after coming on to the field in place of Raphael Romey in the 56th minute.

Souvik Chakraborty gave away the ball at his own Delhi half and after an interchange with Iain Hume, Orji sent the ball past keeper Kristof Van Hout with a depth placement to the celebration of Kerala supporters among the sizeable crowd at the stadium.

It could have been 2-0 for Kerala four minutes later, but Gonsalves Milagres hit Van Hout’s trailing leg in front of Delhi goal.

Earlier, Delhi made six changes from their last match starting eleven with Del Piero taking the place of Gustavo Dos Santos while Mads Junker taking the place of Morten Skoubo upfront.

Shylo Malsawmtluanga, Pavel Elias and Souvik Chakraborty took the field in place of Robert Lalthlamuana, Bruno Herrero and Steven Dias at the midfield while Adil Khan came in for Naoba Singh.

FC Goa Thrash Delhi Dynamos FC 4-1

FC Goa got their act together after a couple of win-less outings as they handed Delhi Dynamos an embarrassing 4-1 defeat, riding on Youness Bengelloun’s twin strikes in an Indian Super League encounter, here on Thursday.

The victory couldn’t have come at a better time as it kept them in the reckoning for a semi-final berth in the cash-rich league.

Bengelloun scored in the 18th and 48th minute while captain Robert Pires and Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey scored one apiece, in the 53rd and 60th minutes respectively.

Gustavo Santos pulled one back for the hosts, when he converted from the spot in the 73rd minute, but that was just a consolation goal as was evident from the faces of the disappointed Delhi fans and players.

The victory, a very important one for FC Goa, finally put an end to the visiting side’s search for three points, their second in the tournament, while extending Dynamos’ winless run.

The Dynamos have now slipped to the bottom following four draws, three losses and a solitary win, while Goa improved a rung to move upto seventh spot with four defeats, two draws and as many wins in the eight-team franchise-based tournament.

The Goa outfit went ahead when Frenchman Bengelloun found the net almost halfway into the first half.

The second goal came as Andre Santos delivered a cross for Bengelloun, which the former Paris Saint Germain ‘B’ team defended gleefully headed home.

The visitors slammed the door on chances of a Dynamos comeback when Pires converted from the spot after Tolgay Ozbey, who was through with ball, was felled by Delhi’s giant shotstopper Kristof Van Hout.

Tolgay completed the rout in the 60th minute, dribbling past a series of Dynamos defenders before successfully finding the back of the net at the JLN Stadium, which witnessed a paltry turnout.

The about 6000-odd turnout was the worst in the tournament, which is otherwise creating new scales in in-stadia audience, when compared to other to leagues in Asia. Bengelloun first scored off a rebound after Gregory Arnolin’s header was kept out by the tall Dynamos goalkeeper Kristof Van Hout. The initial move began with a Andre Santos corner that landed on the feet of Robert Pires, who gave it to Bikramjeet Singh to make the final cross from the right.

The Dynamos had an outside chance to equalise a few minutes later but Robert Lalthlamuana’s volley off a cross from the right narrowly misses the right side of the post. Lalthlamuana’s approach before taking the shot though seemed a bit casual.

Besides, there was also a cross from the right by Steven Dias but Morten Skoubo could not reach the ball in time.

The Dynamos were certainly not lacking as far as build-up was concerned but, as has been their wont in the inaugural edition of the franchise-based league so far, could not make it count upfront.

A lot like in their previous matches, the Dynamos looked decent in the midfield, managing to string together a host of moves that looked like they would culminate in goals, but lacked ideas when it came to converting the opportunities into goals.

The defenders could not tackle the Goa assault for long, gradually losing the plot to concede four times in the game.

The visitors were much better when it came to making the most of the chances that came their way, a far cry from their opponents. Leading the side from the front Frenchman Pires, a legend at EPL giants Arsenal, marshalled the midfield effectively and was there whenever his team needed him.

There was a time when he decided to drop deep, to ensure that his team don’t give away the advantage.

There was much better coordination between the midfielders and strikers in the Goa line-up and the defenders were upto the mark. They succeeded in not letting the Dynamos players of the hook.

Standing in for regular coach Harm Van Veldhoven, Mark Luijpers had dubbed it a ‘revenge match’ following the Dynamos’ 0-1 defeat away in Goa. As the result shows, it boomeranged on the Dynamos team that is virtually out of reckoning.

Delhi Dynamos play out yet another draw against Kerala Blasters

Delhi Dynamos continued with their winless streak as they played out a goalless draw against Kerala Blasters in a high-intensity Indian Super League match on Sunday.

After their back-to-back defeats at the hands of FC Goa and Mumbai City FC, Delhi Dynamos were searching for a win to boost their confidence but yet again had to settle for a draw in the match which also saw their head coach Harm van Veldhoven being sent off.

The Dutch coach was given marching orders by Indian referee Pranjal Banerjee for kicking the ball at the sidelines as he expressed his frustration apparently after a free kick was denied in the 74th minute of the match watched by nearly 35,000 crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Delhi side’s birthday boy Alessandro Del Piero made the starting eleven but the Italian legend, who turns 40 today, continued his search for form as he could not make much of an impact in the match.

He was involved in a few goal-bound moves but ended up being booked in the 37th minute. He was substituted in the 72nd minute by Pavel Elias.

Both teams played attacking football though there were not many goal-scoring chances. Their defences held firm with the match turning out to be a battle of midfield supremacy.

With the draw, their fourth in the tournament so far, Delhi Dynamos remained on seventh spot in the eight-team league table with seven points from seven matches. They have won just one match and lost twice. They have not won for four matches on the trot.

Kerala Blasters are just above the Delhi side at sixth spot with eight points from seven matches. They have won twice, drawn twice and lost thrice.

The match got off to a lively start with both teams getting immediately into attack mode. Delhi settled into their passing game, while Kerala drove forward with pace.

The home side were nearly gifted a goal when the visitors gave away possession just outside their own box. Their keeper Kristof Van Hout and defender Shouvik Ghosh, however, saved the situation. Van Hout got a hand on Stephen Pearson’s cutback and Ghosh was there to clear the ball.

The lanky Dynamos custodian Van Hout rescued his team again in the 22nd minute, making a save at full stretch after Andrew Barisic’s cross popped up off defender Adil Khan, with Iain Hume’s follow-up header hitting the outside of the post.

Kerala were dominant at that stage and even had the ball in the net through Barisic, but it was ruled out for an offside in the build-up.

Delhi, however, weathered the storm and began to see more of the ball. They soon had a chance with Mads Junker firing a point-blank header directly at Kerala keeper David James.

The game became more end-to-end, but the half ended scoreless.

The second half started with the teams trading possession. Delhi came closest to scoring, with birthday boy Del Piero’s flicked header sending Robert Lalthamuana through on goal, but while his chip beat keeper James, it was well wide of the post.

Kerala coach Trevor Morgan made his intentions clear when he brought on striker Milagres Gonsalves on to join Barisic and Hume in a three-pronged attack. But there were still no clear chances for either side, although Delhi went close through Bruno Arias.

Kerala and Delhi continued to probe each other in search of an opening goal, and there were promising moments at either end.

The visitors nearly snatched the winner when substitute Pavel Elias had a free header from a corner, but his effort was wide. It was to be the last action of a closely-fought match.

Delhi play FC Goa at home on November 13 while Kerala’s next fixture is a home match against Mumbai City FC on November 12.

Kerala Blasters made three changes from their previous match starting line-up, with Nirmal Chettri, Iain Hume and Andrew Barisic coming in for CS Sabeeth, Colin Falvey and Raphael Romey.

Delhi Dynamos, on the other hand, made four changes by bringing in del Piero, Hans Mulder, Adil Khan and Robert Lalthlamuana for Gulstave dos Santos, Pavel Elias, Steven Dias and Souvik Chakraborthy.

Delhi draw 0-0 against NorthEast United

Delhi has not been the safest of cities for those from the north-east of the country. Perhaps it never was. From the murder of Nido Taniam of Arunachal Pradesh early this year, to the recent attack on Nagaland youngsters in neighbouring Gurgaon, most crimes, if not all, had a good dose of racial overtones to it.

So in hindsight, the goalless draw played out by Delhi Dynamos and NorthEast United at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was god sent.

For the city’s sizeable number of students from north-eastern states like Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi’s ugly side of prejudice is intimidating. There are reports that, with all the hate crimes, youngsters from the north-east states think twice before venturing out at night. But on Wednesday, they were out there in the stands in large numbers.