Last Friday the Delhi Dynamos moved to the top of the ISL ladder, after they scored two second-half goals in quick succession, to beat Kerala Blasters 2-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
There had been worry in the days leading up to this encounter of smog from the Diwali celebrations, that had halted the Dynamos and Blasters pre-match training and whether the match would be cancelled.
But despite visibility being affected by the pollution, the game went ahead as planned, with huge numbers of Blasters’ supporters filling the stadium, out numbering the home side fans.
Although goalless, the first half turned out to be arguably the most entertaining half of the competition so far. And then after the break the Blasters showed their vulnerability which the Dynamos took advantage of.
Kean Lewis opened the scoring in the 56th minute. Nandy gave the ball away to Richard Gadze who played into the path of onrushing Lewis who made no mistake, burying the ball into the back of an empty net.
A few minutes later and Marcelinho nodded a Florent Malouda cross home after being left completely unmarked by Josu. The loss ending Blasters’ five match unbeaten run.
On Saturday Mumbai City defeated NorthEast United 1-0 in a tense encounter in the rain at Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
Once again NorthEast were unable to find the back of the net in front of a packed stadium, making this defeat their third consecutive loss at home of the current campaign.
The home side were without at least five first-team players, missing with injuries, but looked determined to wipe off bitter memories from their previous two games. But despite some good opportunities…it wasn’t to be.
Jackinchand Singh scored Mumbai’s solitary goal on the stroke of half-time to give Mumbai their vital away win, while NorthEast were left in a mini-crisis as they face FC Goa on Friday with once again the hope of recovering from this ‘rough patch.’