There were a lot of goals, in a match where the two teams involved have not been scoring previously, with FC Goa winning comprehensively 4-1 against Delhi Dynamos FC. As the two were sitting at the bottom of the table, the fans from both sides hoped for goals and a victory.
In the opening ten minutes both the teams were trying to build from the back and tried to play an enterprising brand of football. First clear cut chance came for FC Goa’s Robert Pires whose volley from Desai’s low cross was off the target. Both the sides were relatively effective from the wings; however the lack of bodies in the final half, didn’t allow either side to break the deadlock. Andre Santos tried to score from a looping header; but his header didn’t have the power to beat the Dynamos towering goalkeeper Hout, the tall goalie was again called in action as he sprinted from his post to stop the charging Ozbey. With Goa’s incessant pressure and attack, French defender Bengelloun pounced on the deflected ball and scored the first goal of the match. While it was all about FC Goa after the goal, Robert Lalthlamuana almost leveled for Dynamos with a difficult volley but his strike was wide off the mark. With Peter Carvalho injured and substituted by Gabriel Fernandes, there was still no signs of let off from FC Goa as they kept charging at Delhi Dynamos goal with Pires and Narayan Das combining well. With the first half approaching to an end, the only realistic opportunity for the Delhi Dynamos to score an equalizer looked from a set piece. In the closing minutes of the first half Ozbey was brought down controversially by Hans Mulder but the foul went unnoticed to the dismay of FC Goa faithful. The first half belonged to FC Goa, and introduction of Del Piero looked inevitable in the second half for rather clueless Delhi Dynamos team.
FC Goa started the second half from where they left in the first half, a foul and a beautiful free kick from Santos was converted by Bengelloun to score his second goal of the match, and making it even more difficult for the host to make a comeback in the match. Seven minutes in the second half, Van Hout brought Ozbey down in the penalty box and Pires stepped up to score a third goal for Goa. A helpless Harm van Veldhoven was watching the events unfold from the stands, with Delhi Dynamos trying to score a goal to bring some life back to the game; allowing FC Goa more open spaces to score another goal. As expected with the writing on the wall Ozbey ran at the Delhi defense and got his deserved first of the match, to Delhi Dynamos’s credit they did not gave up and tried to score a consolation goal. With only twenty minutes of regular time to play another substitution was made by Delhi Dynamos but there was no Del Piero in sight. A raised arm from Debabrata Roy in the penalty box allowed Santos to score from the spot and the dynamos got their first goal of the night. A raid of orange was seen in the final five minutes as Hans Mulder scorcher went inches away from the target. A well deserved victory indeed for FC Goa who move to the seventh spot in the league ranking.
Star of the Match
Robert Pires was at his influential best for FC Goa and did put in his best performance till date in the Hero ISL; however the Star of the Match was the commanding French defender Youness Bengelloun. A strong defensive display, he acted as the wall which the Delhi team couldn’t breach and he scored the first two goals for FC Goa which did put the game beyond Delhi Dynamos reach.
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