New Delhi: The spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi witnessed a thrilling 2015 Hero Indian Super League 2015 fixture as the game between Delhi Dynamos FC and Mumbai City FC went down to the last minute on Friday evening. Hero-of-the-Match Frederic Piquionne’s goal in the 70th minute was nullified by Robin Singh’s composed effort in the dying minutes as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Delhi Dynamos played a possession-based game but the first half was well contested. Both teams missed quite a few chances up front. For Delhi, Seminlen Doungel and West Bromwich Albion youth academy product Adil Nabi made early waves. The young British forward of Pakistani origin made his first start of the season and played the part of the principal striker. With his short bursts in the box and swift dribbles, he impressed one and all.
For Mumbai, attackers Selim Benachour, Piquionne and Sony Norde were in the thick of things but Delhi’s defence headed by Souvik Chakraborty stood in their way. Golden Glove owner Toni Doblas too had a busy day, keeping the Mumbai attackers at bay. However, there was no goal to be seen in the first half.
The initial ten minutes of the second half saw some intense action for both the clubs. The match also saw Brandon Fernandes make his Hero ISL debut. The upcoming playmaker, who has undergone trials at quite a few English clubs, replaced Sampath Kuttymani – another debutant – in the second half.
In front of a 14,763-strong crowd, the deadlock was finally broken by Piquionne. In the 70th minute, he managed to get a goal past Doblas as he entered the box from the right. Latching on a through ball from Benachour, the French sniper caught the Delhi defence off-guard and soon enough got Mumbai City FC a goal up.
Delhi, famous for their counter attacking strategy, tried to level the scoreline with Robin taking the charge. The Indian striker, who replaced the pacy Doungel, tried to head in from the edge of the box but Subrata Paul was quick tipping it over the bar.
Delhi were heading towards a home loss and that’s when a minor but critical mistake in added time by Mumbai City defender Lalchummawia Fanai saw Robin take advantage of the moment and fired the loose ball past Paul. With the draw, Delhi Dynamos join FC Goa at the top on 14 points while Mumbai moved up to fourth with 11 points from eight matches.
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