Delhi Dynamos humble FC Pune City in a thrilling away encounter: Four Talking Points

Sumedh Pande  |  Delhi Dynamos  |  1 Year Ago

A thrilling encounter took place in Pune with the visitors, Delhi Dynamos running out worthy winners on the night. The Dynamos won 3-2 against the hosts as despite a late surge, Delhi managed to hold onto the win. Pune did manage a comeback of sorts by netting two late goals to make the scoreline a bit more respectable. 

Delhi Dynamos raced to a 3-0 lead thanks to second half goals from Paulinho Dias, Lallinzuala Changte and Matias Mirabaje. For Pune, Emiliano Alfaro netted his first goal for his new side whereas Marcos Tebar scored Pune's second against his former side. On that note, here are the four talking points from the hardly fought ISL game between Pune and Delhi: 

#1 A tame first half 

With this being the first game of the season for both these sides, nerves were expected to be on show from these teams. It was exactly what happened in the first 45 minutes as both the teams appeared too cautious in their approach. No team wanted to take any extra risk and failed to commit men forward in attacks. This led to a cagey first half as both the sides did not have a clearcut chance in the first half despite the game being hardly fought in midfield. 

#2 Paulinho and Lallinzuala impress for the visitors

An inspired second half display saw Delhi Dynamos shift gears completely. A 180 degree turnaround was seen in Delhi's play as they looked courageous and slick in their passing. Deservingly, two of their best players on the night - Paulinho Dias and Lallinzuala Changte got on the scoresheet. 

Dias dominated the midfield area and scored a brilliant header whereas Changte was a constant menace on the left wing and proved to be a nightmare for Pune right back, Sarthak Goloui. Delhi boss, Miguel Portugal also praised Changte in his post match press conference and called him a player who understands his philosophy well. 

#3 A passive start to the second half led to FC Pune City's decline 

The Stallions could be said as the better team in the first half of the two. But the break sort of broke the rhythm for Ranko Popovic's side as in the second half, Pune looked disjointed. They were showing passiveness in their play which was sensed by the Dynamos team. Delhi then got on top of this Pune side who then paid dearly for their defensive errors. Pune manager rued the fact his side could not play football in the first quarter of the second half which ultimately turned out to be the turning point of the match. 

#4 FC Pune City's comeback - too little too late 

Despite going 3-0 down in a flash, the Pune players showed great determination and courage to try and press high up the field, forcing the Dynamos to make mistakes. It bore fruit as the final 15 minutes of the game saw Pune clawing back into the game courtesy of two goals by Emiliano Alfaro and Marcos Tebar. Though it was too late to mount a stunning comeback, FC Pune City showed that they would not be pushovers in this edition of the Indian Super League.



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