Delhi boys showed immense fighting spirit on Tuesday night as they drew 2-2 with Chennaiyin FC in a memorable match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Del Piero and Hans Mulder scored on either sides of the second half to make sure Delhi Dynamos still remained in the hunt for a semi-final spot in the Indian Super League (ISL). The draw also meant that the third semi-final spot was open for the taking for the winner of the Kerala versus Pune fixture that was played later in the evening. The fans in the capital will be holding their breath as only two matches remain in the league stage.
Chennaiyin FC dominate first half
Even though no team emerged winners, the spectators were delighted to witness four spectacular goals from both the teams. While the first half of the match was dominated by Chennaiyin’s young boys Pelissari and Jeje, Delhi’s veterans Del Piero and Hans Mulder stunned the home team in the second half.
Pelissari Scores A Wonder Goal
Bruno Pelissari is a prodigy. The young Brazilian came into the squad as a replacement for Elano Blumer but has cemented his place in Marco Materazzi’s starting eleven. Pelissari’s goal will be a topic for discussion for a long time to come. Chennaiyin FC won a corner in the 15th minute and he stepped up to curl the ball into the box. Little did anyone including Delhi’s goalkeeper Van Hout know that he would curl it right into the far post of the goal. It was ISL’s first direct goal from a corner kick.
Jeje Doubles Chennaiyin’s Lead
Jeje Lalpekhlua pounced upon a beautiful pass by Harmanjot Khabra to double Chennaiyin’s lead in the 28th minute. The move was set up by a perfect switch of sides by Balwant Singh. Balwant passed the ball from the left flank to the right flank to find Khabra. Khabra crossed it into the box and Jeje only needed to guide it home.
Del Piero Inspires Delhi Dynamos Comeback
In the ISL circuits, there has only been one topic for discussion since quite a few weeks. Del Piero’s rift with coach Harm van Veldhoven was making news all around. Tuesday night was Del Piero’s fifth match on the bench as a substitute and he got his chance in the 23rd minute when Mads Junker had to be replaced due to injury. Delhi’s Marquee player repaid the faith by scoring a thumping freekick in the 53rd minute.
It was Del Piero’s maiden goal of the ISL. His goal inspired his team to stay in the match.
Hans Mulder Equalises In Dying Minutes
After a fighting second half, Delhi finally equalized through their captain Hans Mulder in the 88th minute. Dos Santos cleverly headed the ball for Mulder who was just outside the 18-yard box. Mulder then unleashed a pile-driver that was impossible to stop.