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ISL highlights, FC Pune City vs Delhi Dynamos: Delhi edge past Pune 3-2 in thriller

Delhi Dynamos defeated FC Pune City 3-2 in their first match of the Indian Super League 2017-18 in Pune on Wednesday. All five goals were scored in the second-half. Get ISL highlights of FC Pune City vs Delhi Dynamos FC here.

indian super league 2017 Updated: Nov 23, 2017 13:05 IST
Abhishek Paul
Abhishek Paul
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Delhi Dynamos FC defeated FC Pune City 3-2 in an Indian Super League match. Get highlights of Wednesday’s FC Pune City vs Delhi Dynamos FC ISL match here.(HT Photo)

Delhi Dynamos FC made a winning start to their Indian Super League 2017-18 campaign as they defeated FC Pune City 3-2 in Pune on Wednesday. After a goalless first-half, the match sprung into life in the second half. Delhi Dynamos took a 3-0 lead in a space of 19 minutes as Paulinho Dias, Lallianzuala Chhangte and Matias Mirabaje scored. But Pune’s Emiliano Alfaro pulled one back in the 67th minute to keep the home team in contention. Pune further reduced the gap in the added time with a beautiful strike from Marcos Tebar but it was too little, too late as Delhi pocketed three points from the away fixture. Catch Indian Super League highlights of FC Pune City vs Delhi Dynamos FC here. (SCHEDULE | RESULTS | POINTS TABLE)

9:58 PM IST: That’s it! No fairytale comeback for Pune as they lose 2-3 at home to Delhi, who pocket three points.

9:57 Pm IST: GOAL!! FC Pune City pull another back in added time as Marcos Tebar scores, trail 2-3

9:50 PM IST: We are in the added time now! Delhi looking good to pocket three points from this away match

9:47 PM IST: Delhi’s Gabriel Cichero gets yellow card. Pune’s Marcelinho also got one for a bad foul. Tempers flaring here.

9:43 PM IST: Emiliano Alfaro’s header is off target. Sarthak Golui gave the cross

9:42 PM IST: Less than 10 minutes in the match and the hosts still trail by two goals. Lot of task there.

9:38 PM IST: Delhi’s Matias Mirabaje gets yellow card for time wasting

9:37 PM IST: We have so far witnessed hell of a second half. Four goals scored in 21 minutes! Completes contrast to what was witnessed in the first half.

9:34 PM IST: Substitution for Delhi Dynamos FC - Paulinho Dias (out) - Edu Moya (in) 75th minute

9:30 PM IST: Substitution for FC Pune City - Rohit Kumar (out) - Kean Lewis (in) - 71 st minute

9:27 PM IST: GOAL FOR PUNE!!! Emiliano Alfaro pulls one back for the hosts, who now trail 1-3 in the 67th minute!

Alfaro goes past three Delhi players and shoots towards goal. The ball deflects off a defender and goes in.

9:24 PM IST:GOAL AGAIN!!! Delhi on a rampage as Matias Mirabaje gives his team 3-0 lead in the 65th minute!

Brilliant goal! Pritam Kotal gives a deft pass to Matias Mirabaje, who cuts inside, dodges past a couple of defenders and puts the ball at far post.

9:18 PM IST: Substitution: - Delhi Dynamos FC - Guyon Fernandez (out) - Jeroen Lumu (in)

9:16 PM IST: Substitution - FC Pune City - Jonatan Lucca (out) - Diego Carlos (in)

9:14 PM IST: GOAL!!! Delhi scores again as Lallianzuala Chhangte finds the target in the 54th minute!

That’s a very poor mistake from Gurtej Singh! He was given a back pass but he misses it. Chhangte doesn’t let the chance go as he coolly slots the ball home.

9:09 PM IST: Lallianzuala Chhangte’s cross is met with a header from Guyon Fernandez but it misses the target.

9:05 PM IST: GOAL!!! Delhi scores as Paulinho Dias finds the target in the 46th minute

Sena Ralte should be given credit for the goal as he made the perfect inroad from the left flank. He passes the ball to Paulinho, who had positioned himself nicely, who puts the ball in.

9:04 PM IST: Second-half starts1

8:50 PM IST: The game is far from reaching great heights. No real chances were created in the first-half! A wide shot here and a speedy run there, but no goals yet! Hopefully, the second half will see greater action.

8:47 PM IST: Referee blows the whistle! Pune 0-0 Delhi at half-time

8:45 PM IST: Two minutes of added time in first half!

8:42 PM IST : Pune City gets a corner but it poses no real threat for Delhi

8:37 PM IST: We are less than 10 minutes away from half-time but no goals yet in this match

8:32 PM IST: Delhi’s Lallianzuala Chhangte attempts a right-footer from outside the box. It misses the target.

8:30 PM IST: Pune’s Marcos Tebar has been increasingly looking dangerous. On a couple of occasions he managed to slip through Delhi defence. But he is yet to make the efforts count! Pune 0-0 Delhi (30 minutes)

8:28 PM IST: Delhi’s Lallianzuala Chhangte wins a free kick on the right but it leads to nothing.

8:26 PM IST: Another wide shot from Delhi! And yet again Matias Mirabaje is off-target!

8:25 PM IST: We have crossed the half-way mark in the first half! But no genuine goal chances for either team. Pune 0-0 Delhi (25 minutes)

8:23 PM IST: The first two matches of the ISL were goalless. However, Sunday saw seven goals being scored in two matches.

8:20 PM IST: Pune gets a corner but again the ball has been parried away! Pune 0-0 Delhi (20 minutes)

8:17 PM IST: Both teams are searching ways to get behind each other’s defence. But no powerful shots on goal yet.

8:14 PM IST: Delhi’s Lallianzuala Chhangte generates some pace from the left flank but they can’t make it count. Pune 0-0 Delhi (15 minutes)

8:12 PM IST: Delhi is using too much long ball tactics. The passing football is missing. Play mostly limited to the midfield.

8:09 PM IST: Pune’s Jonatan Lucca has taken a hit while going for a header. He is clutching his left ear. However, play resumes. Pune 0-0 Delhi (10 minutes)

8:07 PM IST: Delhi answers back with a counter-attack but Matias Mirabaje’s left-footer is nowhere near the target. No incisive attack till now

8:05 PM IST: Pune gets a free-kick on the left side of the box. But Marcelinho’s attempt goes wide.

8:04 PM IST: Substitution for Pune City. Baljit Singh comes in for Jewel Raja due to injury. PUN 0-0 DEL (5 minutes)

8:02 PM IST: Pune have the first chance of the as Jonatan Lucca ends dangerously in the Delhi box. But his left-footer goes directly to goalkeeper Albino Gomes!

8:00 PM IST: Action Starts!

7:56 PM IST: The toss has happened. We are just minutes away from action!

7:55 PM IST: The two teams, along with the match officials, are out for the Indian National Anthem..

7:35 PM IST: Pune City Playing XI - Kamaljit Singh (GK), Gurtej Singh, Rafael Lopez, Marcos Tebar, Jonatan Lucca, Emiliano Alfaro, Marcelo Pereira (C), Sarthak Golui, Rohit Kumar, Jewel Raja, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai.

7:30 PM IST: Delhi Dynamos FC Playing XI - Albino Gomes (GK), Pratik Chowdhary, Gabriel Cichero, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Paulinho Dias, Kalu Uche (C), Matias Mirabaje, Vinit Rai, Guyon Fernandez, Pritam Kotal, Sena Ralte.

7:21 PM IST: Delhi Dynamos, thanks to Marcelinho, scored 29 goals in ISL 2016, the most by any team.

7:17 PM IST: Pune will bank on Marcelinho’s firepower. The talented Brazilian won the Golden Boot last season, but he is equally good at assists. FC Pune City scored just 13 goals last season, the lowest.

7:12 PM IST: Pune’s defence will tested today. Last season, they failed to keep a clean sheet at home. Delhi have the firepower this time.

6:58 PM IST: Thelast time Pune hosted Delhi, the home team ran out 4-3 winners. It was a nail-biter.

6:30 PM IST: Just about 90 minutes to go for kickoff. Even though Delhi Dynamos have lost some of their mercurial players from last season, DD have brought in suitable replacements. Nigerian forward Kalu Uche will be the main man upfront. Delhi Dynamos also have brought in Dutch striker Guyon Fernandez to partner Uche.

In their six encounters in ISL history, FC Pune City have managed to defeat Delhi Dynamos only once.

With Marcelinho, last year’s top scorer in ISL, leading the strikeline alongside former NorthEast United forward Emiliano Alfaro, FC Pune City are expected to be one of the more offensive sides in the tournament.

FC Pune City have a new head coach in Ranko Popovic.

“I’m excited about our first match. We have had enough time to prepare. The players are also very excited. I hope we’ll be able to do what we want to,” the Serbian tactician said.

Delhi Dynamos FC, on the other hand, have avoided the lure of signing expensive foreign players/managers like in the previous three seasons, and have instead stitched together a well-balanced squad.

With both sides aiming to start their season with a win, it could be a game worth watching.

For Delhi Dynamos, it’s all about building on from last season. The Delhi side have made it to the playoffs in two of the three previous editions of the ISL, but they are yet to make it to the finals. And for Delhi’s new Spanish manager Miguel Ángel Portugal, that will be the target.

First Published: Nov 22, 2017 17:20 IST