After a string of disappointing results, Delhi Dynamos FC finally registered their second victory in the ongoing Indian Super League when they pipped hosts NorthEast United FC 2-1 in a keenly-contested match in Guwahati on Monday.
The match witnessed quite a few exciting moments but it was the home team that wasted innumerable scoring chances, much to the disappointment of the packed Indira Gandhi Stadium.
Delhi rode on first half goals from Gustavo dos Santos (6th minute) and skipper Hans Mulder (14th) to eke out the win, while NorthEast United's lone goal came in the 80th minute through Kondwani Mtonga.
The visitors were forced to play the second half with 10 players after Delhi Dynamos FC's midfielder Shouvik Ghosh was shown a second yellow card during additional time of the first half.
NorthEast United were also reduced to 10 men when defender Aiborlang Khongjee received his second yellow card in the 83rd minute.
The Dynamos started on a bright note as they mounted pressure on the opposition goal from the onset.
Soon after, midfielder Shylo Malsawmtluanga wasted a good chance before Dos Santos scored a blinder to give Dynamos the lead. Dos Santos scored with a superb strike from just outside the box after receiving a good pass from Francis.
Five minutes later, NorthEast United came tantalisingly close to an equaliser when Koke's shot struck the right pole and went out for a goal-kick.
The visitors then consolidated their lead in the 14th minute through Mulder, who drilled the ball across the far post from the edge of the box after receiving a pass from Dos Santos.
Trailing by two goals, NorthEast United adopted an attacking approach in the second half and created numerous scoring opportunities but failed to convert them.
It took 80 minutes for the hosts to find the back of the net when Mtonga headed home from a corner kick to keep NorthEast United alive.
Three minutes later, Isaac Chansa came close to scoring the equaliser for the hosts but his superb strike from outside the box was kept away by lanky Dynamos keeper Kristof Van Hout.
NorthEast United had some good attempts on goal in the final moments of the game but their finishing lacked finesse.
NorthEast United's Padilla missed a sitter in injury time when he shot the ball directly into the hands of Van Hout from close range after receiving an aerial pass from Koke.
The win helped Dynamos to seventh spot in the eight-team league with 10 points from as many games, while NorthEast United dropped to the last position.