A shot-stopper by profession, Francisco Dorronsoro stopped the entire force from The Highlands

Rohit Ganguly  |  ISL-5  |  2 Months Ago

In a game where entertainment was up for grabs, Delhi Dynamos played out a gritty backline to hold North East United to a 1-1 draw. Despite taking the lead against the tide of the game, they gave away the equalizer too easily for North East to complain. North East United literally threw everything in their arsenal, but some brazen defending, a spoon of lady luck and a handful of brilliant saves from Dorronsoro left the game in an impasse.


The visitors could have drawn first blood as early as in the 17th minute as Vinit Rai was perfectly teed up by a budding Chhangte, but the midfielder’s ball control was woeful, to say the least, and his haywire shot grazed the side-netting.


T.P Rehenesh almost assisted Chhangte in scoring the first of the game as he rolled on the ball directly at the latter’s feet. However, with only Rehenesh to beat, Chhangte fired the ball straight at the diving custodian.


Dorronsoro came out with two brilliant saves on the bounce in a span of just a few seconds to deny any glory to Rowllin Borges in the dying embers of the first-half. Triadis could have still got the lead for the Highlanders, however, the woodwork denied him any joy before heading to the tunnel.


Ogbeche carried on with his majestic profligacy as he went on to squander away a zillion chances set up for him. The former PSG marksman was teed up by Triadis just ahead of the Delhi backline and Ogbeche clipped himself, lost control of the ball and by the time he recovered and chipped the ball towards a stranded Dorronsoro, Elcho Schattorie was already pulling off a Superman stunt in arrant resignation.


Ogbeche’s excruciating night for himself continued as he went to head a free header right into the safe arms of Dorronsoro from point-blank range and even worse, unchallenged.

It was a helluva night for the Delhi goalkeeper, who put up a stellar show under the woodwork. In the 66th minute, Gallego probed Dorronsoro with an angling curler at the far post, but that was saved with an emphatic punch and the follow through done by Puitea was traded with consummate ease by the showstopper of the night.


Delhi’s skipper cum birthday boy, Marcos Tebar drew first blood against the wind of the game as he tapped the ball home from a Rehenesh fumble. Josep Gombau’s elations came unhinged as he joined the team in frenzied celebrations.


However, the visitors’ joy was short-lived as just within a minute of their goal, North East won a penalty for themselves as Narayan Das was seen with a tender push on Ogbeche and the latter made a meal out of the situation to amplify the appeal for a penalty. Pranjal Banerjee pointed to the dreaded spot and Ogbeche blasted the ball into the right side, sending a dogged Dorronsoro to the left.


Just as everyone in the concourse was prepping to leave, North East United went up in a loud appeal of what later seemed to be a goal-line return. From a scouring low cross of Mascia, Borges fired the ball towards the net, which struck Dorronsoro and then flew at the woodwork but dropped way ahead of the goal line.


Zuiverloon picked up a yellow in the final minute to share the spoils of the game and entrench their position in the eighth spot as of now.


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