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Mon, 10 Dec 2018

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ISL: Delhi Dynamos Beat FC Pune City 3-1

ISL: Delhi Dynamos Beat FC Pune City 3-1
November 20
09:50 2015

Delhi Dynamos scored their most convincing win of the Hero Indian Super League with a 3-1 victory over FC Pune City in Delhi on Thursday. Delhi Dynamos had won all their previous four matches with a narrow solitary goal margin but on Thursday Roberto Carlos’s men finally got going infront of goal to stun Pune City.

Adil Nabi gave Delhi Dynamos the lead in the 35th minute and Anas Edathodika made it 2-0 four minutes later. John Arne Riise completed the rout in the second half with a late penalty. Adrian Mutu helped reduce the margin for Pune with a goal from free-kick in the final minute of play.

The win helped Delhi Dynamos jump to the second spot with 18 points from 10 matches, the same as FC Goa but Goa sit on top with a better goal difference of plus eight compared to Delhi’s plus two.

FC Pune City never got going and are now yet to win a single game away from home. David Platt’s side had shown good potential in previous matches but were nowhere close to their best in this crucial clash where Platt made four changes introducing Gouramangi Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Wesley Verhoek and Kalu Uche.

The defence was shaky right from the start and found themselves under pressure from the hosts. Delhi could have taken the lead in the 31st minute but Vinicius’s floater saw S Doungel chest it down and prepare to shoot but Pune defenders, Govin Singh and Gouramangi Singh, combined to clear the danger.

Delhi, however, took the lead in the 35th minute through a corner kick. Florent Malouda’s corner was flicked at the first post by Robin Singh and Adil Nabi did well to fight off pressure from a couple of defenders to push the ball into the net.

Delhi’s second goal five minutes later was also from a corner-kick. Another corner-kick from Malouda saw Anas head the ball home after Pune defence appeared to be frozen. Pune had little to show in the first session except for a long ranger from marquee player Adrian Mutu which was parried away for an abortive corner by Delhi goalkeeper Toni Doblas.

There were not too many chances for Pune in the second session as well and all their comeback routes were sealed after they conceded a penalty which John Arne Riise scored. Worse for Pune, Govin Singh who had brought down Ralte Adinga inside the box which resulted in the penalty was sent off after picking his second booking of the match.

Adrian Mutu helped pull a goal back for the visitors with a free kick in the fifth minute of added time.

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