Delhi Dynamos once again failed to impress fans and critics as they were victimized by Kerala Blasters 1-0. Although Delhi dominated the match and created opportunities, it was the visitors – Kerala Blasters who capitalised on theirs on bagged all three points. With this win Delhi struggle at the bottom of the Super League while Kerala Blasters enter the coveted semi-final berths.
After tasting a bitter defeat against FC Goa, Delhi Dynamos lined up in their usual 4-4-1-1. Alessandro del Piero returned back into the squad, while Mads Junker led the attacking line.
The defensive partnership of Wim Rayamekers and Anwar Ali, which leaked four goals against FC Goa started with Shouvik Chakraborty at Left Back and Pavel Elias at Right
Meanwhile, Kerala Blaster lined up in a 4-3-3. The major surprise was the exclusion of inform Penn Orji. Sandesh Jhighna was experimented yet again on, as the young starlet was deployed in the right back position.
As both team struggled to find their form, which has also been the story for their seasons thus far, the first half ended in dismay for the fans, as neither failed to open their goal scoring tally.
Delhi Dynamos were handed a brilliant opportunity to lead the game in the 38th minute, when a Mads Junker cross was looped way of target by marquee player’ del Piero. Del Peiro soon focused to exorcise his demons, as the Italian produced as exquisite through ball for Shylo in the 43rd, which the Indian failed to capitalise on.
Although Delhi Dynamos, dominated the game and possession, Kerala Blasters – like any oppressed team, turned to counter attacks.
Iain Hume had a coupled of half chances as the Candaian was running high on energy and pressed the Delhi defense constantly.
Delhi reeled with an injury to Anwar Ali’s defensive partner Wim Raymarkers, minutes before the first half and substituted him with Stijn Houben.
Seconds into the second half and the Dynamos were handed a brilliant opportunity to edge Kerala Blasters, as Sandesh Jhinghan denied the bombarding Alessandro del Piero.
Although a toothless Delhi attack created their own opportunities and chances , while failing to convert any of them, Kerala Blasters equally tested the tall figure of van Hout.
Kerala Blasters declared their intention to grab all three points by force, as Romey made way of Penn Orji. Minutes into his substitution, Orji proved once again his pedigree and worth, as the Nigerian scored Kerala’s opening goal.
A driven cross by Iain Hume into the 18 yard box which was met by the bombarding Nigerian, resulted in deceiving van Hout, whilst giving Kerala a narrow lead.
Although Delhi Dynamos created plenty of opportunities to equalise their deficit, they missed the cutting edge in-front of goal.
Kerala Blasters meanwhile mounted their own attack to cement all three points, as the Yellow brigade constantly testd van Hout’s credentials.Van Hout saved Delhi’s blushes again as the 6ft 10inch keeper kept out a header from Cedric Hengbart in the 86th minute.
The match ended 1-0 in favor of Kerala Blasters as they tipped the hosts with a brilliant Penn Orji goal.