Delhi Dynamos finally ended their six-game losing streak last weekend after holding Chennaiyin FC to a 2-2 draw at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai.
A goal seconds before end of regulation time by substitute Guyon Fernandez ensured the Dynamos shared the spoils.
Chennaiyin were largely dominant throughout the game but Dynamos took the lead in the 24th minute, after David Ngaihte headed home from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Nandhakumar Sekar with a cross.
Jeje Lalpekhlua equalised for Chennaiyin in the 42nd minute also heading home from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Rene Mihelic.
Chennaiyin took the lead for the first time in the 51st minute after Jeje scored a brace, with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.
But just as it looked like Dynamos would suffer their 7th consecutive loss, Fernandez earned a point at the death after being set up by Kalu Uche, the Dutchman tapped the ball into the net.
Dynamos boss Miguel Portugal had assured fans they wouldn’t lose any more games, after their defeat in Mumbai.
“Yes,I’m happy with the result because today, we scored two goals and I’m very happy. But we shipped two goals also and they capitalized on the set-piece. But I’m happy that we have got a point,” said the former Racing Santander coach.
The manager also went onto explain why he started Uche on the bench but was quick to acknowledge that the former Espanyol striker made a difference.
“Uche had been injured. Ngaihte, Chhangte and Nandha had good mobility. But I thought we needed Uche’s strength in the final 30 minutes.
“Our problem is in our minds. I asked my players to do man-to-man marking. But we made some mistakes and Jeje scored the goal (first goal),” he pointed.