Delhi Dynamos secured a narrow 1-0 win against Kerala Blasters in the Indian Premier League thanks to a goal from Richard Garza.
Kerala came up with some big surprises in their team list as they gave a start to marquee player Carlos Marchena and a returning Sandesh Jhingan. Delhi, on the other hand, kept it safe and had a team with full firepower.
Kerala Blasters vs. Delhi Dynamos: Balanced First Half
Both Kerala and Delhi were in a mood to attack and got their first shot on target inside the first two minutes itself.
Gustavo Marmentini of Delhi Dynamos was presented with a golden chance but was fended off by the Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, who ended up taking a knock in the process. Delhi pulled off an early substitution in the 17th minute when they replaced midfielder Tochhawang with Sehnaj Singh. Mermentini tested Bywater a couple of times in the first half as both teams were trading blows. CK Vineeth got his fair share of chances as well but neither team was able to break the deadlock.
Kerala faced a very nervous moment in the 39th minute when Bywater had a one on one battle with Robin Singh outside the box. The veteran goalkeeper, however, managed to clear the ball without getting himself sent off. The last major chance of the first half went to Jhingan, but even he couldn’t change the scoreline.
Super Sub does the job for Delhi Dynamos
Kerala made two substitutions early into the second half as they brought on Sanchez Watt for Dangall and Bruno Perone for Marchena. The substitution marked an end to an average night for Marchena. Kerala was piling on the pressure but failed to find the goal they needed desperately. On the other side, the cross bar came to Kerala’s rescue in the 65th minute when the ball was deflected onto goal from the legs of Marcus Williams.
In an effort to break the deadlock, Delhi brought in Richard Gadze in place of Marmentini in the 74th minute. The 62013 fans packed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi were making their displeasure heard at times since the second half was going in a slow pace. Vineeth got himself into the books for shouting at the referee in the 81st minute and just moments later, Watt tried a Zinedine Zidane like volley from the edge of the penalty box but failed to hit the target.
Delhi came up with a deadly blow in the 86th minute when super sub Garze headed home a goal. Despite a couple of desperate attempts in the dying moments, Kerala failed to find a goal and the match ended 1-0 in favour of Delhi Dynamos.
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