Today Delhi Dynamos lock horns with Atletico de Kolkata in an Indian Super League (ISL) football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Delhi Dynamos are leading the table with 16 points and can open a four-point lead if they manage full points against Atletico de Kolkata, the only team who has defeated them this season.
Delhi are in red hot form as they are unbeaten in their last four matches – winning three and drawing one. Kolkata on the other hand are fourth with 12 points from eight games. Delhi’s dominance this season reflects from the fact that they have managed to find the back of the net 16 times this season. No other team has managed to even score 10.
Atletico de Kolkata are coming into this game after an agonising defeat against FC Pune City when they conceded a goal at the end. Coach Jose Molina was disappointed with that result but has had enough time to work with the team. “Losing to Pune was not good for us but that’s football.
Delhi Dynamos are the only team in ISL 2016 who are unbeaten at home. They clobbered Chennaiyin FC 4-1 in their last match at home and have been brilliant at home all season, scoring 11 of their 16 goals. They have also pocketed nine points at home, the most by any team at home this season.
Much of Delhi’s success has been due to the goal-scoring prowess of players like Marcelinho, Richard Gadze, Florent Malouda and Kean Lewis. They are the only side to have three players who scored more than three goals this season with Marcelinho (5), Gadze (3) and Kean Lewis (3) striking form. Zambrotta,
A good start from Malouda with a lovely lovely ball behind the Atletico defence when Marcelinho had broken the offside trap couldn’t control the ball with his first touch, if he did, he would have been face to face with Debjit. Kolkata make a positive start to the contest as they press forward in search of the first goal.
GOAL: D.D 0-1 ATK (IAIN HUME)
There is a another swift counter from Kolkata when Doutie with a lovely forward ball taking out two defenders, Hume takes it first time and passes it to the bottom corner. As he produces a clinical finish to fire his 20th goal of the ISL. Kolkata 1-0 ahead inside the first twenty minutes of the match.
Ralte takes the freekick, wonderfully worked by the away team, he passes to Doutie, who crosses into the box for it be squared to Postiga, who agonisingly pokes it wide. That was very very close to a second.
A RED card is given by the refree to Badji off for another stupid yellow. He tries to use his hand to deflect a cross in. Terrible from the Delhi forward, a huge advantage for away team at the moment.Now delhi have to play with 10 men.
HALF TIME: It was a stop-start end to the half. Atletico de Kolkata did some good work in the first half, they countered the Delhi press with some high octane football, they used the pace of Doutie and his intelligence well. Hume made some good runs and finished well for his goal.
The second half gets underway and the hosts will be under a lot of pressure to turn the tables in the ISL 2016 contest. Delhi make a change as Niasse, not hundred percent, makes way for David Addy. Marcelo delivers a flat corner, and Niasse, making good run towards goal heads it down but it bounces over.
WHAT A DIVE BY MARCELINO!But the referee calls for, Penalty. Delhi Dynamos get a golden opportunity to equalise. Malouda takes the low left strike shoot which is cut away by Kolkata goalie Majumder. Kolkata maintain their 1-0 lead at the JLN.
GOAL: Delhi 1-1 ATK (Milan Singh)
After saving the penalty, Majumder has no clue about that one. Milan fires ONE shot to equalise for Delhi. Sensational strike, one of the finest goals this season. Milan Singh picked up the ball, and no one seemed to close him down. He let fly with an absolute blinder of a goal.
GOAL: D.D 2-2 ATK (Javi Lara)+(Malouda)
ATK again come in attack with a terrific goal by the javi lara. As he picks up the ball, thirty yards from goal, no one closes him down, he caresses the ball into the bottom of the net. Quality curling strike by Javi Lara and puts Atletico de Kolkata in the lead. This is his third goal of the season, and one of the best. Quality football on exhibition. That was a brilliant shot from 45 yards outside the box.
Delhi again equalise, and in no time. Malouda with some brilliance in the box and the right-footer beats the goalie for the second goal for Delhi. 2-2 it is now. All to play for in the last 15 minutes now.
Delhi dynamos (2-2) Atletico de kolkata
45% ball possession 55%
8 shots 10
16 fouls 21
2 corners 5
FINAL TIME: That’s it, 2-2 it ends. What a game, one of the best in the ISL so far. Delhi showed great composure and quality to draw the side after going down to ten men, with a goal down. Zambrotta will be a happy man. Both teams play die hardly. D.D secured 1st position with 17 points whereas ATK at 4 position with 13 points.