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Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos dominate but fail to earn full points

Delhi Dynamos drew 1-1 with FC Pune City, their third straight draw in the 2016 Indian Super League

football Updated: Oct 27, 2016 22:47 IST
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Delhi Dynamos were held to a draw for the third time in this edition of the Indian Super League.(AFP)

A look at the scoreboard may show the match ended in a stalemate between the teams, but Thursday’s Indian Super League (ISL) encounter between Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City was hardly an even contest.

The hosts looked completely in control from the start and it was their lack of finishing that resulted in their third consecutive draw at home. Delhi Dynamos manager Gianluca Zambrotta opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation with Richard Gadze up front and that was instrumental in his team’s success in controlling the midfield.

However, FC Pune’s Armenian keeper Edel Bete had a great day at office. The two-time ISL winner produced a flurry of saves to keep his team in the game and he was rightfully named ‘Man of the Match’.

FC Pune manager Jose Antonio Habas said, “Delhi were better tonight, but Edel (Bete) produced a brilliant performance for us. We have to thank him for the result.”

FC Pune got the opener against the run of play as a cross from Rahul Bheke found Tato in the dying moments of the first half. His looping header dipped into the back of the net.

For the hosts, Brazilian forward Marcelinho was the wrecker-in-chief down the left flank. From making piercing runs to providing inch-perfect crosses, the 29-year old was a force to be reckoned with.

Ironically, it was the Brazilian forward who squandered the best chance at the restart. A slight confusion between Bete and defender Narayan Das resulted in the keeper spilling the ball and with an open goal to shoot, Marcelinho could only manage to find the side netting.

However, he made amends assisting debutant Milan Singh to score in the 79th minute. His well-measured pass found the 24-year old in front of the goal and he drilled in a low shot into the far corner.

Delhi Dynamos manager Zambrotta was visibly disheartened with the result. “We totally dominated the game and it was really unfortunate our strikers were not able to convert.”