Dynamos power past Chennaiyin for first win

Delhi score facile 4-1 victory on home turf

Dynamos power past Chennaiyin for first win
Finally, Delhi Dynamos ended the wait. The Delhi side overwhelmed a formidable Chennaiyin FC 4-1 to grab their first full points in the Indian Super League here on Tuesday.

With the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium stands filled handsomely, Dynamos, who had to contend with two draws in their previous games, thrilled with their goal-scoring ability.

 Wim Raymaekers (1st minute) and Mad Junker (21st) put them ahead in the first half and despite Brazilian marquee player Elano Blumer (69th) pulling one off for Chennaiyin, Dynamos shot back with two brilliant goals through Bruno Arias (79th) and a stunning solo by Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos (90+3) to cap off a fantastic night.  Delhi are now at fourth place with five points from three matches with Chennaiyin at third with six points.

It was a commanding performance by Dynamos who dictated the pace of the match with their sublime passes and tackles. It was a listless show by Chennaiyin who had come here with a perfect record from their first two matches and looked poised to grasp the top position in the table. Instead, it turned out to be a forgettable outing for them. Chennai’s backline often caught napping by the marauding Dynamos.

The home side opened the scoring when Raymaekers curled in a beauty from outside the box with his left foot. It set the momentum for Dynamos. The midfield led by Hans Mulder anda Steven Dias, playing his first match of the tournament, did a good job of weaving the moves and feeding their forwards. Junker doubled the lead with a stunning header. It was an excellent cross by Dias and Junker dived to put the ball home. With a 2-0 lead at half-time, Dynamos for the first time found themselves sniffing at victory.

They continued their attacking play in the second essay with Junkers and Shylo Malsawmtluanga coming close to extending the lead. But Chennaiyin looked desperate to claw back. Dynamos goalkeeper Kristof Van Hout, who had made a crucial save minutes ago to deny Mendoza, was beaten by Elano's free kick that went right into the corner.

 One expected a Chennaiyin fightback from here but their midfielder Harmanjot Khabra fouled Shylo inside the box shortly after and the referee awarded the penalty to Dynamos. Arias converted from the spot. 

However, it was Santos, who saved the best for last. Charging from left flank, he dodged four defenders to send passionate home fans into ecstasy.


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