- Delhi won 3-2
- Delhi moved to second with the win
- Pune is 9th
Pune City paid hosts to Delhi Dynamos as both the teams became the last teams to play their opening games of this year’s edition of the Indian Super League. The Balewaide Stadium had the luxury of witnessing a fantastic match that saw five goals being shared between both the sides. Despite a goalless first half, a full-throttle entertaining second half saw the huge crowd being treated to a classic.
With this year’s ISL featuring ten teams, the thrills and excitement have doubled as has been witnessed in the first four matches of the tournament. And how could Delhi and Pune stay behind in the fun? Wrapping up the first round of the league matches, Delhi saw make the trip to Pune to contest in the best match till now. The match started slowly with both teams playing cautiously, nervous to make any mistake and give the other the advantage. A defensive performance from both the sides saw a drab first half being played out one which ended goalless at the end of 45 minutes.
The second half was an entirely different tale though as both the teams upped their games several notches. Spurred on by their manager’s half-time talk, Delhi took the lead in the first minute of the second half itself through Paulinho Dias. Having sprung into life after the goal Delhi soon doubled their lead in the 54th minute as Chhangate found the back of the net courtesy of a good effort. Spruced on by their dominance the visitors went on to take a 3-0 lead inside 19 minutes as Mirabaje scored their third on the night. Despite being crushed, Pune showed good spirit as they got one back within two minutes of Delhi’s goal via Alfaro. They were unable to break past a resolute Dynamos side that defended well and held the majority of possession.
Pune, however, did get a late consolation after Tebar scored in the fifth minute of extra time. It was a lightning-quick counter-attacking goal that opened apart from the Delhi defense who otherwise had a flawless night. The result saw Delhi move to second in the league table and left Pune ruing their dismal defensive performance.
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