Dynamos SURPRISES Bengaluru in a 3-2 thriller in Delhi

Rohit Ganguly  |  ISL-5  |  1 Month Ago

In a high-octane encounter of ninety regulation minutes, a suddenly resurgent Delhi pegged table-toppers Bengaluru to move up to fifteen points from 16 games. 

Despite a defeat against Delhi, Bengaluru still managed to cling on to the zenith amassing 31 points from 16 games with FC Goa breathing on their neck.

The return of the Venezuelan striker to the ranks of the Blues could have been remarkable only if he could have kept his shot on target. Being teed up at the face of the goal, Miku struck his shot wide off the post.

Despite Bengaluru running early rings around the hosts, it was Delhi who surged ahead against the wind of play. After a blistering run down the right, Nandhakumar whipped in peach of a delivery for a couple of Delhi attackers to latch onto. However, Gurpreet palmed the ball away only for Ulises Davila to pounce upon. The Mexican marksman collected the ball, took a swift turn and blasted it into the net through the first post of Sandhu.

However, Bengaluru restored parity only within ten minutes, thanks to a similar goalkeeping error from Dorronsoro at the other end. Xisco Hernandez's curling cross from the right was palmed straight to a raring Haokip, who volleyed the ball into the roof of the net to draw things level.

After the equaliser from Bengaluru, both the teams withdrew their feet from the gas and things turned cagey instead of being a slugfest, much to the disappointment of the fans.

The game took off after the breather as both the contingencies did not hold back a single punch. It was the visitors who punished Delhi in the 72nd minute for playing a high backline, as Xisco flayed a scouring long ball for an onrushing Sunil Chhetri. The Indian skipper who was introduced only five minutes back, made full use of the opportunity and with a deft first touch set himself up for the final chip, that saw Bengaluru stealing the lead.

Delhi was in no mood to play the second fiddle tonight as they drew things level only within five minutes. Narayan Das curled in a stupendous cross right at the feet of former Bengaluru player, Daniel Lalhimpuia. The latter struck the ball from close range right at Gurpreet, who surprisingly spilled the ball into his own net, which is quite a rare spectacle in the scenes of Indian football these days.

Delhi heaped more misery on Bengaluru as they went on to take the lead just within three minutes of their equalizer. Juanan, in an attempt to clear the lines from a Romeo Fernandes cross, miscued his header and the ball fell at the feet of Daniel. Despite an acute angle at his behest, the erstwhile Bengaluru striker whipped the ball in with brute force, which rolled into the net after taking a touch of Gurpreet's outstretched hands.

Daniel was handed a golden opportunity to complete his hattrick, but Gurpreet seeking redemption for his earlier mistakes, pulled off a stunning save to keep the scoreline at 3-2.

Despite being at the ace and being undefeated for 11 straight games, Bengaluru seems to have been a little awry in their last few encounters. If they do not make necessary modifications to their suddenly lacklustre squad, the playoffs can spell their doom at the snap of a finger.


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