Former BFC player Daniel Lalhlimpuia scored a brace in three minutes as Delhi Dynamos FC stunned table-toppers Bengaluru FC (BFC) 3-2 in what was a closely fought Hero Indian Super League match on Sunday.
Players on both the sides wore black armbands as mark of respect to those martyred in the recent terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
Ulises Davila scored a goal in the ninth minute to give Delhi an early lead and open up the game in midfield. Boithang Haokip then hit a goal in the 19th minute to bring Bengaluru back level. However, when Skipper Sunil Chhetri’s 72nd-minute goal looked to have sealed the deal for Bengaluru, Daniel Lalhlimpuia scored a quickfire brace (77’, 80’) to help his team with a stunning victory.
The win means that the Dynamos are now unbeaten in the last five matches besides winning three of them. In stark contrast, Bengaluru have lost 3 of the last 5 matches, picking up just 4 points. They had began the campaign with an unbeaten run that had lasted for 11 games.
Nonetheless, BFC are stuck at the top of the ISL table with 31 points off 16 matches.
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The visitors started on a bright note and almost opened their account in the first minute. It was Udanta Singh who combined with Miku on the right wing, ran into the box and squared off the ball back to the Venezuelan striker. The latter could only shoot the ball wide off the target.
Despite Bengaluru’s enterprise going forward, it was the Delhi Dynamos who scored the first goal in the ninth minute. Nandhakumar Sekar registered a low cross into the box only to be punched by outstretched Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. However, the ball only landed in the feet of Davila who scored with a powerful shot.
Bengaluru returned in the contest ten minutes later with a goal similar to the opener. This time it was Francisco Dorronsoro who had difficulty in collecting a cross from the right flank by Xisco Hernandez. His successive punch sent the ball to Boithang who scored with a first-time effort.
The teams became much more cautious after returning from the break.
Delhi had the lion’s share of chances as the second half wore on. However, they failed to convert any of those them into goals. This backfired for them as the league leader pulled one back to take the lead in the 72nd minute.
The visitors made maximum use of Delhi’s pressing and stuck beautifully through a counterattack. Xisco intelligently caught Chhetri’s run up top and matched it with a perfectly-balanced lobbed through-ball. The all-time Indian top scorer dribbled into the box and slipped the ball past a helpless Dorronsoro.
The goal seemed to wake up Delhi, as the team’s attackers moved forward in search of the equaliser.
The effort was rewarded in the 77th minute after Narayan Das delivered a cross into the box from left. Daniel then received the ball with aplomb and slammed it straight at Gurpreet. The BFC custodian failed to prevent the strike from going into the net.
Delhi were not finished with their business for the night as they consistently put pressure in the attacking third. As a result, the hosts regained their lead only three minutes later.
It was a defensive header from Junan off a Romeo Fernandes cross which landed before Daniel. The striker then drilled a low shot towards goal which ended in the back of the after taking a deflection off Rahul Bheke.