Delhi shock fancied Bengaluru

Delhi shock fancied Bengaluru

Delhi Dynamos inflicted a shock 2-0 defeat on Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.

Against expectations, Dynamos, languishing at the bottom of the table, put up a rousing performance against Bengaluru, a team that had left them exposed in their previous meeting. The win, only their second in 10 matches, took them to seven points even as Bengaluru had to be content with the second place with 18 points.

The hosts set the pace with their fluent moves and speedy forays. They made Bengaluru feel the heat throughout the contest.

However, despite putting in all the hard work, goals continued to elude Dynamos' before young striker Lallianzuala Chhangte made it count for the hosts in the 72nd minute. Chhangte was the bright point for Dynamos, as he constantly tested the Bengaluru defenders with his spontaneous charges. To make matters worse, the referee made a contentious decision to red card Bengaluru's Subhasish Bose  for  what seemed like a harmless  challenge  on Guyon Fernandez (90+8 min) inside the box during extra time. It gave Dynamos the penalty and Fernandez slotted it past goalie Gurpreet Singh to seal one of the biggest upset of the season.

It indeed was an impressive performance from Dynamos whose solitary win in the season had come against FC Pune City in the first match. The hosts, however, endured frustrating moments in the opening half when most of their chances went begging. Romeo Fernandez came close in the 14th minute when he stormed through the right flank, but could not convert.
Chhangte took a close-range strike in the 24th minute but Gurpreet quickly blocked it. Four minutes later Chhangte was again up to the task but his shot went wide.

For Bengaluru, it was a matter of concern how their midfield was regularly sliced by the Dynamos. They appeared clueless for the most part. Their best chance came in the 20th minute when Harmanjot Khabra made space to go for a header but Cichero swiftly cleared it. It was fast turning out to be a disappointing outing for Bengaluru as the first half ended in a stalemate.

However, little changed for the visitors on resumption. Dynamos continued to create and squander chances before Chhangte rose to the occasion. A deft touch from captain Pritam Kotal found Chhangte on the edge of the six-yard box and the youngster quickly slid it past Gurpreet. It spurred Bengaluru to launch a late onslaught but hosts weathered it with resolve to conjure a fine victory.

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