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ISL 2018: Winless Delhi Dynamos eke out 2-2 draw against Jamshedpur FC

Written by Rohit Mundayur
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Updated: November 4, 2018 11:18:37 pm





Lallianzuala Channgte put in a fine show for Delhi. (Source: ISL)

55th minute of the match- Lallianzuala Channgte dashed through Delhi’s notoriously polluted air as Jamshedpur FC right back Robin Gurung lined up a routine pass back to his goalkeeper. Gurung, who seemed to be blissfully unaware of Channgte creeping up on him, made a pass that was as loose as they come to Subrata Paul. Chhangte collected it gleefully and as soon as he rounded off Paul, the goal was inevitable. The moment sparked life into a match that was until then as eventful as a blank piece of paper.

Three minutes later, Adria Carmona scored another; it took less than 15 minutes in second half for the home side to turn around a 1-0 deficit. These two goals were only the fourth and fifth of the season for them (Dynamos have played seven matches) and the first instance of them scoring in three games. It also looked like they might finally secure a win but that was not to be as Tiri scored Jamshedpur’s second goal of the day in the 72nd minute.

The rest of the game was mostly about Jamshedpur forcing a number of saves from Dynamos’ goalkeeper Albino Gomes, who was brought on at half time to balance the number of foreigners on the pitch. He was one of three changes that Josep Gombau made during the break and it seems they did the trick for the home side.

HOT DEALS

The first half of the match stands in stark contrast to the second. The first shot on target was a header by Sergio Cidoncha off a corner routine in the seventh minute and the next came half an hour later – a rather tame attempt by Gourav Mukhi. Both sides seemed perennially unable to hold on to the ball in their respective final thirds.

It is the kind of draw that leaves both sides unhappy. Dynamos have now played seven games and remain winless. They have managed just five goals thus far in the season and the losses accrued in this part of the season would take a toll during the end of season dash for the playoff spots. Jamshedpur on their part would be unhappy with the manner in which they gifted the first goal to the Dynamos. They were making a good fist of keeping their opponents out until then. As coach Cesar Ferrando admitted later, it was two points lost for them more than one point gained.

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