90+5′ The clock eventually runs down and Delhi get three points in the bag at the end of a feisty, hard fought game. Onwards and upwards for Carlos’s side. Matterazzi has a lot to ponder about his side’s finishing, which was the single, biggest reason for their second consecutive loss.
As It Happened: Chennaiyin FC vs Delhi Dynamos, ISL 2016, Match 6
With a new head coach in Italian World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta at the helm of affairs, Delhi Dynamos will open their Indian Super League campaign against defending champions Chennaiyin FC on Thursday.
In a departure from the first two seasons which had seen two head coaches in two years, Zambrotta was brought in for a two-year tenure and interestingly in his maiden ISL fixture, he will face up against his close friend and 2006 World Cup winning team-mate Marco Materazzi at the Chennaiyin dug-out at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The first half had everything that a neutral could ask for – slapstick defending, hilariously bad goalkeeping, three goals, a million chances, wasteful finishing and angry managers. OH come on, get off your high horse – that is what makes for some grade-A entertainment.
The second half was several pegs below in terms of tempo – but Zambrotta will be extremely pleased with the way his team killed the game by playing keepball and taking the one chance that came through. It was death by a thousand passes – exactly the kind of thing a manager wants to see.
90+4‘ The ball is cleared from Delhi and here is Vicinius, blasting the ball over the ball instead of holding up play and running down the clock.
90 +3′ Fikru shows good hold up play and wins a foul and swiftly passes the ball forward to Balwant, whose cross is slightly wayward.
90+2′ Adil Nabi misses a great chance to clinch the game but skews the ball well over and the shot goes into orbit.
90′ five added minutes and Chennai have a corner. It is swung in the keeper, Sanjiban falls awkwardly on his back trying to clear the ball and needs treatment.
87‘ Anas shows great defensive ability as there are tackles flying in again.
85‘ Now Sanjban Ghosh is down after a race to get the ball against the onrushing Fikru
Substitution: Serginho Greene comes on for his ISL debut, replacing Anderson Chicao
83‘ Chennai come close again and this is another long range effort. The ball falls kindly for Pellisari outside the box. The Brazilian, after a couple of terrible free kicks hits it cleanly and the ball misses the bar by a lick of paint.
81′ More tackles fly in and here is Nabi and Jayesh again, having a go and both men are on the ground, writhing in pain.
Substitution: Delhi – Manuele Blasi comes off and Fikru comes on
79′ The free kick hits the wall and Jayesh comes in from deep and takes a thunderous shot and the ball is just wide of the post. Chennai inching closer to the equaliser.
77′ Another coming together challenge as Nabi is called into action straight away with a clash against Jayesh. Free Kick in a dangerous position there for Chennai.
Substitution: Adil Nabi comes on for Gadze.
75‘ Chennai having a lot of the possession and Mulder is still out. Mendy was involved in a challenging chase with Vicinius but the Frenchman shows his strength and experience there.
73′ Now, Mulder is down and there is after a cynical tackle from behind from Abhishek. Seconds earlier, Chennai almost found an opening through Pellisari’s clinical pass but it doesn’t reach the despondent Mendoza.
72′ There were people in our newsroom who were making jokes about the empty stands in Delhi. Here, they provide quite a spectacle and are making Mexican waves and flashing their cellphones, almost concert-like. There are thousands of them
70‘ Chennaiyin on the ball and it has been a thanks-to-the-wall job for Delhi. Substitution: Bruno Pelissari comes on for Elano for Chennai.
68‘ Shot! So close! Anderson Chicao gets the ball outside the territory and he takes the shot and the ball is inches wide of the diving Edel. Moments before that, Matterazzi and Roberto Carlos got into a bit of an argument on the touchline.
66′ Mulder has been pegged back in his territory as he tries to contain Elano from making those defense splitting passes. Subsitution for Delhi: Gustavo off, Vicinius on
64′ Dos Santos is been stretchered off the field after a nasty fall, just minutes after Malouda, who was nearly invisible in the first half made a powerful run down the left flank. He took on three defenders.
62′ Possession is wasted by both sides and Gadze is yet again showing excellent skills in holding up the ball. He has moved to the left flank. As the cliche goes, “The next game of the game is crucial”
60′ After that miss, Adiga makes amends and shows some skills there and splits the defence open and gets in on the left. The cross comes in and Abhishek, who was always chasing the ball can’t get a clean strike. Another one bites the dust.
58′ Another chance for Chennai, who have stretched Delhi over the past few minutes and it is a wasted opportunity. The ball is swung into the box and Adiga heads the ball well wide. He had time and space there.
56‘ Chennai get a free kick after Souvik fouls Jayesh. Elano gets a wicked ball into the box and the ball is inches away from Sanjiban. Mendy claims that he was pushed in the box.
55′ Yet another chance to get on the scoresheet for Gadze and he has to wait a little longer for that to happen. The ball bounces kindly and the forward takes a shot and the ball goes a couple of inches wide of the left hand post.
53′ Chennai nearly score as Riise’s first mistake is almost brutally punished by the opponents. Balwant ghosts in and almost heads the ball into the net but the ball is just wide.
52′ Delhi get a corner and the ball sails over the crowd and to Anderson’s feet in the far post. The goalscorer cuts inside and the shot goes straight to Edel.
50‘ Ralte goes into the book in what is the first real action of the second half and he becomes the sixth player to go into the referee’s book. He is subsequently substituted and Jayesh comes on.
It has been an ill-tempered half and Delhi should have made more of their possession in the early parts of the game and pushed for a two goal lead. Four yellow cards are already given and there might be a couple of suspensions at this rate. Elano has been excellent and so has been Gustavo for Delhi.
45+3 Mendoza is heckled down from Anas and it was a foul as clear as a morning sky but the referee waves play on and that will be the last bit of action of the half.
45 +2′ Abhishek gets into a tussle for the ball with Malouda on the left flank. He shoulder barges the former Chelsea winger on his back. Malouda is not impressed and the referee is called into action again.
45+1 Chennai on the ball and the ball is played forward from Mendy and Riise cuts it away. Gustavo starts a counter and tears away on the left flank. He is pushed by Abhishek but a foul is not given.
44‘ Sanjiban clled into action for the first time and it is Elano, who was lucky to get away without a yellow car to smash the ball away. Three minutes to be added on.
42′ Chennai back on the ball and are having their first real spell of possession here. Infringement on the touchline and Elano loses his cool and pushes Mulder for a push. Referee has a word and Elano take a free kick.
40′ Delhi back on the ball with Gustavo. Malouda finally gets into the game but there is nothing significant comes out of it.
37‘ Balwant Singh is called offside and it was a contentious call. Chennai is on the ball again and Elano comes to the edge of the are, twists and turns and gets a shot away. Another fabulous piece of skill from the Chennai skipper but the ball goes slightly over the bar.
36‘ Delhi have regained their composure and are sticking good attack forward. The scrappy midfield play continues though.
33′ Chennai make their mark here and the away side had a terrific couple of minutes. A killer through ball to the byline and had it not been for Riise’s clearance, they would have probably conceded through Abhishek’s pass. Then comes a calamitous moment for Delhi. Souvik passes the ball straight to Mendoza and his powerful shot hits the bar and is out. Elano’s pass though was sumptuous and was simply world class.
32‘ Corner for Delhi and the header from Gustavo is saved at a point blank range from Edel. Foul given though and Mulder is not pleased.
31‘ Gadze gives ISL 2015 one of the best moments so far. The forward collects the ball in midfield and makes a Maradona-esque run, taking on three defenders and leaves Mendy for dead. His shot though, hits the post and is out.
29‘ L.Ralte gets a good cross on the left and Harmajot Khabra gets a header is well wide of the target. Encouraging signs for Chennai.
27′ More fouls here and Delhi are on the ball. They don’t capitalise on it and Chennai get the ball back. Chennai are growing into the game.
26‘ John Arne Riise makes a brave header of a shot, with his head and subsequently saves a certain goal there. The Norweigian used all his experience there.
24‘ The central midfield area is becoming a card heavy area here and here is Delhi skipper Mulder flying in and making a hideous tackle on Adiga and it is another yellow. This time, it is Mulder
24‘ Gadze is back on the field and Riise gets an excellent cross field ball to Gadze and it is a hand ball from the forward.
23′ Richard Gadze needs some treatment after his clash with Mendy. The Frenchman’s head clipped the Delhi forward’s eye and he is off with an icepack in his hand to the touchline.
21‘ Gustavo is in some mood and the Brazlilian gets past Abhishek with consummate ease, getting a few stepovers along the way while he got to the byline. The end product wasn’t there but Gustavo is running rinds down the left flank.
20‘ Delhi are all over their opponents at this point in time and Chennai, while on the ball are not able to create the kind of openings that will trouble their opponents.
17′ Elano’s free kick goes into orbit. The Brazilian wins the ball back though after the resulting goal kick but nothing comes of it. Mama made a cynical sliding tackle on Potenza, who is clutching his knee in pain but the referee this time keeps his hands in his pocket.
16′ Chennai on the ball and the third yellow card of the game is brandished here. It is John Arne Riise who goes in the book for his offense on Stiven Mendoza
14′ Elano trying to make things happen for his side and here he is, getting a long ball forward but nobody is at the end of it. Referee is having a word with Mendy too.
Yellow Card- Adinga was given a yellow card for his foul against Chennai midfielder Thoi Singh.
12‘ The free kick is straight at the wall as Delhi looks to start another attack. Lot of scrappy play in the middle of the park and there are plentyof fouls too. Delhi having a measure over their opponents at the moment though.
11‘ The referee is making some brave calls here and here again, Delhi have a free kick at the edge of the area and Potenza goes in the book for his challenge against Anderson.
8′ Goal!!! Delhi 1-0 Chennai (Anderson Chicao) Clean strike to the bottom right corner gives the home side the lead. The move to get the penalty was excellent, with the mercurial Gustavo getting to the byline and crossing the ball in. It eluded everyone and Hans Mulder was at the edge of the territory and took a shot and the diving Blasi was unfortunate as the ball hit his arm. Slighty harsh call and the referee pointed to the spot.
8′ Penalty for Delhi!
6‘ Delhi come close to scoring and it is because of some suicidal defending from Bernard Mendy, who goes for the fancy rather than clearing his lines. Gadze gets a shot and it is away from Blasi.
3′ Lively start from Delhi in front of a sparse stadium and are trying to play direct football to get over the backline. So far, there has been no luck and Elano tumbles over Mulder in search of foul.
Fikru will be starting from the bench today. Jeje, after scoring in the loss in the curtain raiser is out due to national team commitments. Anas will be replacing Anwar Ali for Chennai. Gustavo Dos Santos will be starting for Delhi in this game.
Delhi: Carlos, Nabi, Greene, Anwar, Vinicius, Vignesh, Doblas, Robert, Das
Chenniyin: Fernandes, Justin, Godwin, Fikru, Jayesh, Nidhinlal, Augusto, Pellisari, Zakeer, Wadoo, Alves
Chennaiyin: Mendy, Blasi, Elano, Thoi, Mendoza, Das, Balwant, Khabra, Ralte, Edel, Potenza
Delhi Dynamos: Chicao, Riise, Malouda, Gadze, Souvik, Mulder, Ghosh, Anas, Dos Santos, Ralte, Shylo
Delhi Dynamos and Chennaiyin FC will face off in the 6th match of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Nehru stadium in Delhi on Thursday. Both these teams had lost their opening day fixtures, in totally different circumstances though. After a wretched first half against Goa, the Roberto Carlos led side made a spirited comeback in the second half. Florent Malouda was in the thick of things and the rain of shots they created ensured that didn’t go down that easily. Head to head records may play a key role here and in the corresponding fixture last year, Delhi had trashed the visitors 4-1 and drew 2-2 in Chennai. Catch the Live Streaming of the match here