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ISL Results: Sehnaj’s late strike helps Delhi salvage point against Kerala

Photo Courtesy: ISL's official website
Photo Courtesy: ISL’s official website

Delhi Dynamos managed to pinch an equaliser in injury time to salvage a 3-3 draw against Kerala Blasters in an action packed game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Delhi’s Gustavo Marmentini managed to put his side ahead very early in the game, but his goal was immediately cancelled out by Chris Dagnall. The visitors then took the lead through Joao Coimbra at the half hour mark, before Antonio German added another after nine minutes. Adil Nabi pulled a goal back for the hosts in the closing stages of the first half, before Sehnaj Singh grabbed the equaliser right at the death.

The action packed first half began with the hosts taking the lead through Marmentini in the 7th minute. Florent  Malouda sent a chipped pass over Kerela’s defence, and Marmentini made an excellent run to get to the end of it, before finding the nets with a neat finish past Ramage.

Delhi’s lead, however, did not last long as Dagnall cancelled out Marmentini’s strike after only a couple of minutes. Anas Edathodika failed to clear an incoming delivery and the ball reached Dangall, who made no mistakes as he made the scores 1-1.

The visitors, who were looking very confident after the goal, had a very good chance to take the lead in the 20th minute after Ramage sent a perfect ball across the face of goal. However, the chance went begging as Dagnall couldn’t get on the end of the pass.

Five minutes later, the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned team managed to find the nes, but the goal was ruled out due to an apparent  foul on Delhi’s goalkeeper Subhashish.

The scores, however, did not stay level for long as Kerala went ahead through Coimbra at the half-hour mark. Antonio German picked out Coimbra with an excellent through ball, and the Portuguese midfielder, after finding some space between Riise and Ralte, found the top corner of the net with a superb swerving strike.

Nine minutes later, things got even worse for Delhi after Kerala went further ahead through German. The Portuguese, after latching onto Mehtab Hossain’s delivery inside the box, smashed an effort past Subhashish to make the scores 3-1.

However, Kerala were made to pay for their lack of focus following German’s strike, as Delhi pulled a goal back through Adil Nabi after only a minute. Mama sent a good cross towards Nabi, who made no mistakes as he glanced a header into the far corner of the net.

Following an action packed first half, which set an ISL record (as five goals had never been scored in the first half in the history of the league), things began to become a little slow after the break, as both sides began taking a more cautious approach.

Still, Roberto Carlos’ side got a good chance to equalise in the 49th minute, when an excellent cross from Nabi found Greene. The Dutchman managed to connect with a header, but the ball flew over the crossbar.

The visitors, who had been quiet after the break, got their first real chance of the second half in the 71st, when Pulga won the ball in the middle of the park. The Spanish midfielder sent the ball towards Dagnall, who immediately fired an effort. Although the Englishman’s initial shot was blocked by Riise, he got another chance, after the ball fell back to him. He again fired an effort, but his second attempt was saved by Subhasish.

Just as the game looked like it was slipping from Delhi’s grasp,  Sehnaj Singh grabbed an equaliser, beating the goalkeeper from range, in the second minute injury time to salvage a point for his side.

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