Portugal says, Mathias Goal was my Favourite as Delhi Dynamos Crashed Mumbai City 5-1 at Home

Ritvik Sahu  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

When Mumbai City is in Delhi, the lions get excited and what follows next is the football of all extremities. Remember, Mumbai’s 2017 outing to the Capital, wherein the game of football had turned into a personal battleground of Sony Norde and Marcelinho? And now another night to forget for Amrinder and Mumbai City…


It was amazing how the contest between the two solid ISL sides has yet not lost its sheen as we saw in the match today. Delhi Dynamos, who’ve been struggling to find their form throughout the season came out hard against Mumbai City after going stalemate in the 50th minute, the home side managed to heckle the rivals 5-1 to crush their last hope of making into the playoffs. Well, too late though, but the Lions have finally found the better of themselves in the dying matches of the season, grabbing seven points from last three matches and marking the biggest margin triumph of the season.



The match began with Delhi enjoying the reluctance from Mumbai’s defence line, shooting attacks after attacks and it was early in the 5th minute when Nandhakumar found the net to the pin point cross by Satyasein. Both teams were only trying to muscle over each other for the entire length of the half until the ref blew the whistle. 

The second half began with Everton Santos finding the edge to get an important equaliser for his side in the 49th minute. Mumbai were in strong position to surge ahead as Balwant Singh and Leo Costa came real close to scoring one more, but as soon as Mirabaje scored his brilliant volley just outside the box, Delhi went rampant to leave no space of revival for the visitors. 



Arana won and converted a penalty in the 80th minute and then Kalu Uche and Lallianzuala Chhangte came off the bench to score perfect team goals as Delhi celebrated their most satisfying victory of the campaign.


Talking to media, the jubilant coach Miguel Angel Portugal said he’s happy the way his team put up great performance against ATK and Mumbai City, however if this turnaround of form came 4-5 matches before, they’d a serious chance of qualifying into the playoffs irrespective of the no-so-good first half of the season. 


Upon asked which was his favourite goal of all the five scored, Portugal decided to open up and said, “The goal scored by Mathias was my favourite, though every goal that came was amazing, for it brought victory for us.”


Well, this victory has indeed strengthened Dynamos’ position to qualify for the Super Cup, but it’ll massively depend upon how they face Pune City at home in their final game of the forgetful campaign.


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