Delhi Dynamos were beaten for the 9th time in the 4th edition of the Hero Indian Super League, after Kerala Blasters registered a 2-1 win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. The defeat leaves the Lions struggling at the foot of the table while Blasters with a win edge a step closer to the play-off spots.
Head Coach Miguel Angel Portugal made three changes to the starting XI – Edu Moya, Jeroen Lumu and Nandhakumar were left out due to injuries. Seityasen Singh, Timothy Lugun and Matias Mirabaje made their way into the starting XI.
The Lions started strongly with the majority of the possession and were rewarded midway into the first half when Seityasen was fouled inside the box. The resultant penalty was calmly converted by Kalu Uche for his 5th goal of the season.
It was a half of few chances as Dynamos enjoyed the majority of the possession to see of the hosts and take a 1-0 lead in the first half.
David James made an early second half change as Deependra Negi came on and the Blasters were instantly rewarded. Negi headed in from a corner to score his first ISL goal in his first appearance. For Dynamos it was a similar story as another set piece found them wanting.
Both sides threatened for the winning goal. Portugal sent on Lumu and Nandha on the wings, while Kerala saw new signing Baldvinson come on midway into the second half. But it was young Negi who proved to be the difference. His darting run inside the box was brought to a halt by Pratik Chowdhary who saw himself get into the book and also hand Kerala a penalty.
The resulting spot kick was converted by Iain Hume, who scored his 4th goal against the Lions in 2 matches this season.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Pratik saw his marching orders late on in the game, as Dynamos finished the match with 10-men on the field.