Delhi Dynamos locked horns with defending champion ATK and edged them 4-3 in an epic seven goal thriller at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi in Indian Super League(ISL) on Saturday. With this Delhi moves to eighth place which was previously held by ATK as they are now on the ninth place. Delhi is now having 15 points from 16 matches with two remaining whereas ATK is on ninth place with 13 points from 16 games and they are also having two matches in hand to gain some reputation.
Seityasen Singh, Matias Mirabaje and Kalu Uche scored for Delhi Dynamos. Kalu Uche scored an brace for them. For ATK, Sibongakonke Mbatha scored on his debut match, whereas Irish talisman Robbie Keane bagged an brace for visitors.
The pace of the game was slow as both teams show no intent of scoring and played most near the half. Delhi Dynamos were the first one to show some intent and it proved as they struck in the 23rd minute of the game with an goal from Kalu Uche who found the loose ball after the defender Anwar Ali’s block to the cross from Seityasen Singh into the box.
But the defending champion bounced back and scored an equaliser in the 37th minute with an goal from Sibongakonke Mbatha whose shot took an deflection from Xabier Iruetaguena after an pass from Hitesh Sharma and soared into the post for goal.
In 42nd minute ATK found an opportunity to score as Mbatha passed an through ball to Irishman Robbie Keane but the latter kicked wide to keep the scoreline steady at the end of first half.
Both team went off ground with the scoreline 1-1 at the end of first half.
Robbie Keane disappointed the home crowd as he struck two goal in the early minutes of the second half. Robbie Keane gave the visitors 3-1 lead in the 58th minute which was seeming impeccable for the home team and it was an uphill task for them.
Delhi responded firmly as they scored in the 69th minute of game from the pass of Seityasen Singh to Kalu Uche who made no mistake to score for the Lions. Two minutes later, Seityasen Singh scored an equaliser for the home team as he collected an pass from the left flank and fired an goal to make scoreline 3-3 at 71st minute.
In 85th minute Kalu Uche created an chance for the home team as he passed the ball to Pritam Kotal with an back-heel whose shot was well saved by the opposition’s custodian Soram Poirei.
After the end of regulation period, two minutes were added as injury time and it proved to be fruitful for home team as they struck in the 92nd minute of game. Manuel Arana made his way into the box and passed the ball to Kalu Uche who in return laid off the ball to Matias Mirabaje who scored with an grounder.
Ashley Westwood’s team is winless for six games as they have lost five of the last six games.