Highlanders outplay Dynamos in the Den: The Talking Points

Suhasini Shah  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

Delhi Dynamos played their first match in front of their home supporters tonight that ended in a frustrating 2-0 loss against the Highlanders, Northeast United FC. It was all-in-all a one-sided match which was well dominated by John Abraham owned Franchise. Dynamos on the other hand looked frail in defence which led to two easy attacks giving the visitors a double lead in the early first half. Safe to say, the match which ended 2-0 could’ve easily been 4-0 against the home side. 


Here are the Talking Points of the match:


Defensive Discomfort


The semifinalists of the last season looked uncomfortable defending on most occasions. This not only put added pressure on the goalie Albino Gomes but costed hit on possession and lose balls in the dangerous areas. The second goal of the evening was the most talked about goal which was resultant of Albino Gomes’ half-clearance. 



Simple Football, Brilliant Football


The first half of the match saw glimpses of some brilliant football played by the Highlanders. Short passes, high buildup, midfield domination and capitalising on the counter— The likes of Danilo Lopez and Doungel made the lead of two goals look so easy. Goalkeeper TP Rehnesh too diffused many chances from the speedster Chhangte, Guyon and Paulinho Dias. 


Chhangte was the difference between the sides


If there’s anyone who played the game with brilliance for Delhi, it was Lallianzuala Chhangte. Coach Portugal called his creative winger on after the first half interval which resulted in Dynamos’ domination in the second half, though failed to make it count. Chhangte however created many chances on the left flank, one of which was wasted by David Ngaithe in the 65’ minute of the match. 


Happy Day for Gursimrat Singh Gill


After being benched by Albert Roca for almost the entire season in the I-League, Gursimrat Singh Gill finally saw a happy day when he finally made a comeback on the pitch for the Northeast United FC tonight. Gursimrat looked stunning as a full back and made three important clearances. Is this season going to be a happy one for the Punjabi Highlander?




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