Josep Gombau and John Gregory have to wait another match to taste victory in the season 5 of the Indian Super League, as visiting Chennai hold Delhi Dynamos for a tame goalless draw at the JLN Stadium, New Delhi.
The defending champions came into this game having lost their last three matches so far were still pointless, while the hosts Delhi Dynamos were yet to register their first win in the season 5 of the league.
After a brief two days break, Josep Gombau fielded almost a similar squad as he did in Kerala, with only Nandhakumar and Bikramjit Singh coming into the starting XI, in place of Vinit Rai and Romeo Fernandes.
The hosts started on an offensive note, with Lallinzuala Chhangte making a brilliant run yet again in the 4th minute and crossing it down. But Rana Gharami, who was making his run from behind, failed to head the ball in.
The hosts created a host of chances with Chhangte and Rene Mihelic being at the centre of action most of the times. The latter created a beautiful ball for Andrija Kaluderovic in the 32nd minute, but it was cut off by Inigo Calderon.
The chance of the half however came in the dying moments of the first half, when Chhangte created a beautiful ball off a very dangerous run, which found Kaluderovic right on time. But unfortunately, he headed it right into the hands of Karanjit Singh.
The second half started a bit slow for the hosts, with Chennaiyin having a greater share of the ball in the initial moments. With Chennai being on the offensive side this time around, it was a test for the Dynamos defence, but India International duo of Pritam Kotal and Narayan Das kept them at bay.
The visitors had a golden chance in the 71st minute when Thoi Singh out ran the Delhi defence in a counter attack. It was three on one and he found Salom, but the forward’s effort was denied at point blank range by Dorronsoro.
The visitors had another great chance in the 85th minute when Raphael Augusto attempted a long ranger. His shot however was wandered off safely by the ‘Hero of the Match’ and Dynamos keeper Francisco Dorronsoro.
The dying moments of the match saw nothing extra ordinary, with both teams struggling to find the back of the net. And with this, the battle for the first three points for both the teams just got prolonged.
Courtesy: DDFC Media Team