New Delhi, Feb.1:
Delhi Dynamos beat Kerala Blasters 2-0 in a match between I-League laggard teams at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
A period of sustained pressure in the first half helped the home side take the lead through Gianni Zuiverloon (29th minute). They added another goal when Rene Mihelic converted a penalty (90+4) to seal their second win of the season. The three points helped Delhi Dynamos climb above Kerala Blasters to the eighth spot in the ISL standings, courtesy of a head-to-head advantage.
Josep Gombau’s team has 10 points from 13 matches and Kerala have the same tally, having played a game more. Also, Kerala are now winless in 13 matches in the ISL.
Delhi’s new signing Ulises Davila announced his arrival in the 15th minute. The Mexican forward made room for a shot at the edge of the box with a fine touch before dispatching an attempt that went wide.
The home side asserted themselves in the game as the minutes went by. Davila’s movement troubled the Kerala centre-backs once again in the 24th minute.
Lallianzuala Chhangte latched onto a pass on the left flank and delivered a teasing cross for Davila who sneaked in between Nemanja Lakic-Pesic and Sandesh Jhingan but failed to hit the target from close range. Delhi broke the deadlock from a set-piece in the 29th minute. Mihelic’s out-swinging delivery found Zuiverloon unmarked inside the box and the defender volleyed the ball home to give his team the lead.