The battle of the basement teams took place when Kerala Blasters FC took on Delhi Dynamos FC, Kerala were looking forward to notching up back to back wins in front of their home crowd after winning 1-0 in their last game against FC Goa, while Delhi Dynamos were looking to get back to winning ways after a tough 1-0 loss to Mumbai City FC.
The pre-match discussion was about the legendary, Alessandro Del Piero’s 40th birthday, which was celebrated by the Delhi team before the match began, despite Kerala dominating most of the game, the match ended in a 0-0 draw which did nothing to help either team in their quest to reach the top 4 of the league which would take them to the semi finals.
The home team start brightly
Kerala were backed by a vociferous crowd and started the stronger of the two teams, the first real chance came in the 15th minute when a brilliant counter attack was just about dealt with. The ball then whizzed across the goal but Hume was unable to make contact with the ball.
Delhi were trying to make their way back into the game but the Kerala defense was holding strong and countering everything the Delhi Dynamos were throwing at them. The Delhi goalkeeper Van Hout was called into action a few minutes later when he did brilliantly to keep the ball out with a great reflex save from a cross by Barisic which just got a knick off a Kerala Blasters attacker.
Barisic thought that he had given Kerala the lead in the 26th minute but the goal was disallowed due to the pass being played into the striker from an offside position. Delhi Dynamos had the best chance to score when a header by Mads Junker from just 4 yards out was well saved by David James using his legs.
It was then time for the Kerala Blasters to have a go with a great cross in by Pearson in the 43rd minute which just missed out on a Kerala Blasters attacker, the Delhi goalkeeper would have been relieved to see the ball go out for a goal kick.
The teams headed into the half time break level, Kerala should have been in the lead with all their possession and domination but Delhi did well to hang on.
Second half and Kerala continue their good work
The second half started well for the Kerala Blasters as they tried to carve open the Delhi Dynamos defense but they were constantly thwarted by Adil, the Delhi right back as he snuffed out attack after attack from the right flank. Van Hout pulled off a good save to keep the score level in the 56th minute.
The first shot on goal for the Delhi Dynamos in the second half came via a free kick from Alessandro Del Piero which was saved easily by David James. Arias came close to scoring for Delhi but Hengbart made a great block, although the Delhi Dynamos players were asking for a penalty as replays showed the ball did strike Hengbart’s hand but the referee blew for a corner to the Delhi Dynamos.
Mulder had a shot saved by David James from a well worked free kick in the 80th and Delhi should have scored in the 90th minute when Elias had a free header from a corner but he missed the target.
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