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ISL -2018-19 ( DELHI DYNAMOS NEWS BELOW)
10.11.2018 : ATK 1-0 PUNE CITY FC (FT)
ATK : GERSON VIEIRA (81')
Man of the Match : Gerson Vieira
Club Award : ATK
Limitless Player : Manuel Lanzarote - ATK
Winning pass of the match : Jayesh Rane - ATK
Emerging player : Komal Thatal - ATK

ATK : Arindam, Aiborlong, Gerson, Johnson, Ricky, Bikey, Komal, Lanzaroute, Pronay, Santos, Balwant.
PCFC : Kamaljit, Sarthak, Gurtej, Mills, Sahil, Diaz, Jonathan, Alwyn, Ahsique, Nikhil, Robin.
REFEREE: R Palmson Moses Raj.


ATK <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> PUNE CITY FC (FT)


ATK <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> PUNE CITY FC (FT)
90+5': FULL TIME: ATK 1-0 PUNE CITY FC
90': 5 minutes added time
85': REPLACEMENT PUNE : Adil in Diaz out
84': ATK leading by a goal are in a target to increase the lead
81': GOOOOOAAAALLLLL 1-0. ATK scored, Gerson Vieria's diving head of a pass from Jayesh finds the target
79': REPLACEMENT ATK: Hitesh in , Balwant out
77': Second session are competitive as both teams had some positive chances
74': Lanzarote's free kick missed the target by a whisker
73': REPLACEMENT ATK: Komal out, Jayesh in
73': REPLACEMENT ATK: Ankit in , Aiborlong out
72'; Santos was fouled by Gurtez, free kick to ATK
71': Lanzaroute's free kick saved by Kamalpreet
70': YELLOW CARD to Sahil, he pushed Lanzaroute from behind, free to ATK
67': Santos's low grounder saved by Kamalpreet, Komal was following the ball
65': Robin's powerful shot from age of the 18 yards saved by Arindam
62'; REPLACEMENT PUNE : Sarthak out,Ausotosh in
60': Robin in a counter attack, he passed the ball to Abhishek who failed to beat Arindam
59': Lanzaroute's corner headed away by Gurtez
58'; Komal was blocked by Mills deep inside the Pune half, ball rolled over the goal line for a corner
56': Lanzaroute's push of a pass from Komal cleared by Pune defense out of the danger zone
53': Avishek's long ranger went straight into the hands of Arindam
52': REPLACEMENT PUNE: Alwyan out, Avishek in.
51': Easy chance wasted by Santos failed to touch a pass from Lanzarote, Kamalpreet collects the ball
49': Nikhil shoots wide from age of the 18 yards with only Arindam to beat
48': Ricky's shot of a pass from Balwant punched away by Kamalpreet
46': Second session starts,Pune kicks off
45+2': HALF TIME: ATK 0-0 PUNE CITY FC
45'; 2 minutes added time
44': Pune's counter attack.....Robin's shot of a pass from Jonathan missed the target
43': Lanzaroute's left footed shot from inside the 18 yards of a pass from Gerson missed the target
41': Ashquie's powerful left footed shot blocked by Gerson
39': A long run by Alwyn, but unable to beat Beekay finally
37': ATK had a number of positive attacks but yet find the target
34': Sarthak's cross pass from the left cleared by Beekay
33': Lanzarote's free kick missed the target
32': YELLOW CARD to Jonathan, he fulled Santos from behind, free kick to ATK
30': Balwant failed to make a contract of a cross pass from Aiborlong from the right
28': A curling corner by Nikhil, Arindam came out in time to collect
26': A forward pass from Sarthak to Robin, but Bikeey were in control of the situation
24': YELLOW CARD to Robin for rough tackle to Pranoy
23': Jonathan's cross pass cleared by Johnson out of the danger zone
21': A prompt shot by Balwant saved by Kamalpreet
20': Sathak's corner from the right cleared by Bikeey out of the danger zone
19'; Robin 's powerful shot saved by Arindam, Johnson cleared for a corner
18': Komal was a bit slow in reacting to a pass from Lanzarote , ball went the goal line
16': Lanzaroute's free kick hit the post and went over the goal line
15': Pronay fouled by Alwyn at the age of 18 yards, free kick to ATK
13': A cross pass by Komal from the right but straight in to the hands of Kamalpreet
11': Lanzarote's free kick cleared by Mills
10': Komal fouled by Sahil, free kick to ATK
9': A long pass by Pronay but Balwant was a bit slow in reacting
6'; Pranoy fouled by Robinm free kick to ATK inside their own half
4': A free kick by Lanzaroute from age of the 18 yards sailed over the bar
1': A powerful shot by Pranoy, punched away by Kamalpreet
0'; Match started, ATK kicks off
The teams are warming up. It is a must win situation for both the teams in order strengthen their position in the league table.


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06.11.2018 : FC PUNE CITY 2-4 CHENNIYIAN FC (FT)
PC PUNE CITY: ASHIQUE KURIAN (10'), JONATHAN VILA (90')
CHENNIYIAN FC: MAILSON ALVES (54'), GREGORY NELSON (56'), INIGO CALDERON (70'),THOI SINGH (72')

Man of the Match - Mailson Alves - CHENNIYIAN FC
Club Award - Chennaiyin FC
Limitless Player - Gregory Nelson - CHENNIYIAN FC
Winning pass of the match : Mailson Alves - CHENNIYIAN FC
Emerging player - Ashique Kuruniyan - PC PUNE CITY

FC PUNE CITY  <b><font color=red> 2-4 </b></font> CHENNIYIAN FC (FT)

FCPC : Kamaljit, Sarthak, Mills, Gurtej, Fanai, Diaz, Jonathan, Adil, Robin,Kuruniya, Marcelinho.
CFC :Karanjit Singh, Calderon, Sabia, Mailson , Jerry , Germanpreet, Anirudh, Nelson, Raphael, Francisco , Jeje


REFEREE: RAHUL KUMAR GUPTA

FC PUNE CITY  <b><font color=red> 2-4 </b></font> CHENNIYIAN FC (FT)

ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Defending champions Chennaiyin FC tasted victory for the first time this season with a convincing 4-2 victory against FC Pune City in their Hero Indian Super League clash at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, on Tuesday. Ashique Kuruniyan's early goal in the ninth minute gave Pune the lead but a strong second half from Chennaiyin allowed John Gregory's men to seal three points. Mailson Alves equalised with a header in the 53rd minute and Gregory Nelson completed the comeback two minutes later. Inigo Calderon and Thoi Singh helped the visitors increase their lead and Jonathan Vila's late goal was nothing more than a consolation.

Brazilian striker Marcelinho was given his marching orders after a dangerous tackle on Germanpreet Singh as Pune ended the game with ten men to compound interim coach Pradyum Reddy’s woes since another striker, Diego Carlos de Oliveira, also remains suspended for another red card against FC Goa.

A tentative start by the defending champions was punished by Pune City less than ten minutes into the match. An audacious cross-field diagonal ball by Robin Singh allowed Kuruniyan to race past Inigo Calderon on the left flank and beat Karanjit Singh from a tight angle inside the box.
John Gregory's men had the lion's share of the ball but struggled to create clear-cut chances with it. The visitors were content to use the turnovers to good effect whenever they sensed an opportunity from their own half.

Chennaiyin came out of their blocks quickly after the restart and scored the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Martin Diaz fouled Anirudh Thapa outside the box and the young midfielder picked out Mailson Alves at the far post from the resulting free-kick. The skipper's looping header hit the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. The match turned on its head as the champions took the lead two minutes later. The scorer turned provider as Mailson’s long ball found Nelson on the right flank who ran in behind Lalchhuanmawia Fanai before chipping the ball over an onrushing Kamaljit Singh.

Chennaiyin doubled their lead in the 69th minute from Thapa's corner-kick. Pune's defence failed to tackle the delivery from the corner and Raphael Augusto managed to push the ball into the path of Calderon who tapped the ball into the net.

The visitors grew in confidence as the second half progressed and scored their fourth goal three minutes later. Augusto played a delightful ball across the face of goal for Jeje whose shot was kept out by the goalkeeper. The rebound fell perfectly for Thoi who made no mistake from handshaking distance.Augusto almost wrote his name onto the scoresheet with a dipping effort on goal but the swerving effort full of Brazilian flair hit the crossbar.

Pune grabbed a consolation goal in the 90th minute when Jonathan Vila rose the highest at the near post to head in Marcelinho's well-taken corner kick. Marcelinho, however, jumped into a dangerous tackle to steal the ball off Germanpreet Singh with just seconds left on the clock and the forward was punished with a straight red card. Pune are now at the bottom of the league ladder with just two points from six matches while Chennaiyin moved up to the eighth spot with four points from seven matches.

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02.11.2018 : FC PUNE CITY 1-1 KERALA BLASTERS (FT.)
FCPC : Marko Stankovic 13'
KRB : Nikola Krcmarevic 61'

Man of the Match :- Adil Khan - FC PUNE CITY.
Club Award : - FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters FC.
Limitless Player: - Nikola Krcmarevic - KERALA BLASTERS.
Winning pass of the match :- Marko Stankovic - FC PUNE CITY.
Emerging player :- Kamaljit Singh - (GK-FC PUNE CITY)
FC PUNE CITY <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS

FCPC : Kamaljit Singh, Gurtej Singh, Matt Mills, Ashutosh Mehta, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Adil Khan, Jonathan Vila, Marko Stankovic, Emiliano Alfaro, Marcelo Pereira, Robin Singh.

KRB : Naveen Kumar, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Cyril Kali, Mohamad Rakip, Sandesh Jhingan , Nikola Krcmarevic, Seiminlen Doungel, Sahal Abdul Samad, Slavisla Stojanovic, Matej Poplatnik, CK Vineeth.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Kerala Blasters FC and FC Pune City played out a 1-1 draw at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Friday. The draw meant that the Blasters kept their unbeaten run in Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 intact after Marko Stankovic’s opened the scoring for the hosts with a wonderful strike. However, Nikola Krcmarevic’s equaliser in the second half rescued a point for the visitors, who moved up to fifth in the league standings.

After the match, Pune’s interim coach, Pradyum Reddy began his post-match conference by sharing his thoughts on his team’s performance. “I think, obviously we knew that the way we play and given the little time we had to prepare, it was going to be an open game in terms of them being a good team and them being unbeaten this season. But on the balance of play, if you look at it, I can’t ask of more from the boys. What we worked on this week, the boys stuck to the game-plan and did exactly what we tried to do against Kerala Blasters today,” Reddy opined.

When asked if he was satisfied with the result, Reddy said: “We got to take the positives… It’s always going to be tough against Kerala, and they’re unbeaten this season. So, they aren’t an easy team to break down. But we had small targets - one of the targets was coming into half time with a clean sheet. We managed to do that, and we also scored a goal (as well).”

Reddy’s opposite number, David James, was unhappy with one of the referee’s decision, which disallowed a goal for his side on the brink of half-time. “As far as I’m aware, I think it might’ve been a mistake, but there was evidence on the big screen that the goal that was disallowed should’ve stood. I spoke yesterday about the unfortunate situation against Delhi, the equaliser (that was) offside and then the penalty that wasn’t given. And then today, I sit here thinking that we equalised in the first half, but it wasn’t,” James told reporters at the post-match conference.

The Englishman, however, was delighted with his team’s efforts, but is wary of the amount of draws Kerala have been involved in. “I can’t forget the performance by the players. We dominated the game. For the effort, desire from the team, again it was a good shift. It’s just another point and the unbeaten run is just helping us tally one point at a time. And it’s a long process and if we do that till the end of the season, we won’t make the playoffs. It’s nice being unbeaten, but we need (more) points,” James said.

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28.10.2018 : FC GOA 4-2 FC PUNE CITY (FT)
FCG : FERRAN COROMINAS ( 4', 34'), HUGO BOUMOUS (12'), JACKIECHAD SINGH (19')
FCP : MARCELO PEREIRA (7'), EMILIANO ALFARO (22')- FCPC

Man of the Match : Ahmed Jahouh -FC GOA
Club Award : FC Goa.
Limitless Player : Marcelo Pereira -FC PUNE CITY
Winning pass of the match :Ferran Corominas -FC GOA
Emerging player : Mohammad Nawaz - GK-FC GOA
FC GOA  <b><font color=red> 4-2 </b></font> FC PUNE CITY
FCG : Nawaz, Boumous, Jahouh, Chinglensana, Mandar, Corominas, Jackichand, Seriton, Bedia, Lenny, Mourtada.
FCPC : Vishal, Gurtej, Mills,Villa, Alfaro, Marcelo,Stankovic, Ashutosh, Kuruniyan, Robin, Fanai.
REFEREE: PRANJAL BANERJEE

ISL PRESS RELEASE : FC Goa climbed back to the top of the Hero Indian Super League on Sunday in an entertaining game here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda which saw a six goal melee in first 35 minutes and teams being reduced to 10 men towards the final whistle. Sergio Lobera and his attacking game play ensured Goa walked off the pitch with 4-2 win over FC Pune City.

Ferran Corominas’ brace (5’, 35’) and goals from Hugo Boumous and Jackichand Singh gave the hosts their third win while Marcelinho (8’) and Emiliano Alfaro (23’) scored for the visitors who remain winless. Diego Carlos and Corominas were sent off late on as both teams finished the game with just 10 men.
FC GOA  <b><font color=red> 4-2 </b></font> FC PUNE CITY
Just like he had done against Mumbai, Corominas gave the Gaurs an early lead. A well-worked Goa move in the fifth minute saw Ahmed Jahouh release the Spaniard behind the Pune defence and the striker held off Gurtej Singh before applying a smart finish past Vishal Kaith. The Stallions hit back immediately though, as Marcelinho beat an outstretched Mohammad Nawaz with a brilliant chipped finish into the top-right corner.

In typical ping-pong fashion, Goa retook the lead by the 12th minute through another well-worked move as Coro turning provider this time. Boumous delivered an inch-perfect cross back to the midfielder to head past Kaith. Coro had a second assist to his name just minutes later after he sprung the off-side trap before laying the ball for Jackichand to smash into an empty net.

It was a game of shaky defences as Pune once again responded in kind, this time due to an error by Mohammad Nawaz. The young goalkeeper was at fault after he was beaten at his near post by a fierce Alfaro shot. A frantic first period saw attacks from both sides thrive as chances kept coming with regularity at each end but it was the hosts who extended the lead with Coro bagging his second of the night following a goalmouth melee.

The second half started just as frantically as the first with Alfaro and Marko Stankovic coming close to reducing Pune’s arrears on separate occasions. Alfaro then earned a penalty for the visitors when he went down under Chinglensana Singh’s challenge after the defender had lost possession. However, Nawaz pulled off a fine save from his spot-kick to preserve Goa’s two-goal lead.

A goal-line clearance by Ashutosh Mehta at the other end denied Coro his hat-trick as both attacks continued to prosper.The Gaurs frustrated the visitors by keeping a stranglehold on the ball and starving them of goal-scoring chances.The visitors finished the game with 10 men after Diego Carlos was shown a straight red for his knee-high challenge on Seriton Fernandes.Goa’s night would be marred towards the end as Coro was also shown a straight red card after he slid into a tackle on Stankovic with his studs raised.

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22.10.2018 : FC PUNE CITY 0-3 BENGALURU FC (FT..)
BFC : Sunil Chhetri 41', 43', Miku 64'.
MAN of the Match : Sunil Chhetri - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player : Miku - BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Dimas Delgado - BENGALURU FC
Emerging player : Sahil Panwar - FC PUNE CITY

FC PUNE CITY <b><font color=red> 0-3 </b></font> BENGALURU FC (FT..)

FCPC : Vishal Kaith, Sahil Panwar, Martin Diaz, Sarthak Golui, Matthew Mills, Muhammed Ashique Kuruniyan, Marcelinho, Adil Khan, Jonathan Vila, Nikhil Poojary, Emiliano Alfaro

BFC :Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Nishu Kumar, Juanan, Alberto Serran, Rahul Bheke, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Sunil Chhetri, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Miku Fedor

REFEREE : PRANJOL BANERJEE.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : A quick-fire first-half brace from Sunil Chhetri and another powerful finish from Miku set up a majestic 3-0 win for Bengaluru FC against FC Pune City in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, on Monday. Bengaluru led 2-0 at the breather with Chhetri striking in the 41st and 43rd minute while Venezuelan striker Miku completed the rout in the 64th minute.

The win saw Bengaluru FC race to the top of the table with seven points and a better goal difference compared to NorthEast United FC, while Pune have just one point after three matches.

Bengaluru FC were the early aggressors and had an opportunity to score in the 15th minute when Matt Mills' poor first-touch allowed Miku to nick the ball off the defender. The Venezuelan striker dribbled into the box before curling the ball over the bar from a tight angle.

FC PUNE CITY <b><font color=red> 0-3 </b></font> BENGALURU FC (FT..)

Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh used his height to great effect to keep out a dipping free-kick effort by Marcelinho. The Brazilian's stunning take looked destined to hit the top right corner of the net but the Blues custodian dived to his left to pull off a terrific save.

As the two sides stood tight at the back, clear-cut chances were hard to come by. Dimas Delgado's in-swinging corner-kick found Chhetri unmarked in the centre of the box but the striker's header was straight at the goalkeeper.

Bengaluru's best chance of the half came in the 40th minute when Udanta Singh was released down the right flank by Miku. The winger crossed perfectly for Chhetri in the centre whose effort struck agonisingly wide from close range. The Blues skipper made amends for his miss with a goal a minute later. He beat Pune's offside trap to receive Delgado's long diagonal from the right and placed a neat finish past goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to give his side the lead.

Chhetri doubled his side's lead within two minutes. Another long ball from the back was poorly cleared by the Pune defence. Miku pounced on the loose ball before releasing Chhetri into the box who skipped past Sarthak Golui's challenge to complete the move.

Soon after the restart, the visitors threatened again. Udanta intercepted a pass and lobbed the ball over the defence for Miku to chase but the striker, once he got to the byline, took too long to cross and the delay allowed Martin Diaz to slide in with a tackle.

Miku's physical prowess and persistence helped Bengaluru add their third goal in the 64th minute. A long punt forward by Albert Serran fell to Miku who outmuscled Sahil Panwar and slammed home. Pune almost came up with an immediate response at the other end. Rahul Bheke failed to clear a long ball and Diego Carlos pounced onto it before sending a ferocious attempt that struck the outside of the post and sailed out.

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19.10.2018 : MUMBAI CITY FC 2-0 FC PUNE CITY (FT)
MCFC : MOUGOU SOUGOU (25'), RAPHEL BASTOS - PEN (44').

Man of the Match - Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY FC
Club Award : Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player : Modou Sougou : MUMBAI CITY FC
Winning pass of the match : Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY FC
Emerging player - Nikhil Poojari : PUNE CITY.

MUMBAI CITY FC  <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> FC PUNE CITY
MCFC : Amrinder, Souvik, Lucian, Subhashis, Shouvik Ghosh, Sehnaj, Raynier, Issoko, Bastos, Sougou, Machado.
FCPC : Vishal, Sarthak, Mills, Diaz, Fanai, Adil, Villa, Carlos, Kuruniyan, Nikhil, Alfaro.
REFEREE: M.B.SANTOSH KUMAR


Mumbai bag bragging rights in Maha derby

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC registered their first win of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) and it came at the expense of their Maharashtra rivals, FC Pune City, at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday. A maiden goal in Mumbai colours for Modou Sougou (25’) and a spot-kick from Rafael Bastos (45’) sealed the Islanders’ 2-0 win, their first at home in four attempts in the Maharashtra Derby.

After a fairly uneventful start, Mumbai drew first blood through Sougou. The Senegalese forward made no error with an emphatic finish from close range after Paulo Machado’s cross had rebounded off the crossbar. At the other end, Emiliano Alfaro was starting to look threatening for Pune and the Uruguayan vociferously appealed for a penalty after going down under Subhashish Bose’s challenge, to no avail.

However, a spot-kick would be awarded at the other end eventually in the dying minutes of the first session. A scrappy phase of play found Mumbai’s attackers with a numerical advantage over Pune’s defenders. Bastos attempted to set Sougou through on goal but the Senegalese was brought down by a challenge from behind from Chhuantea Fanai. The referee had no hesitation in blowing his whistle for a penalty. Bastos stepped up for the penalty and made no mistake from the spot, sending Vishal Kaith the wrong way.

Pune came out with some much-needed urgency after the break. However, it were the hosts who should have extended their lead around the hour mark when Machado surged forward on a mesmerising run. The Portuguese’s attempt after cutting in from the left flew inches wide off the target.

Miguel Angel Portugal threw on Marcelinho as he sought to get his side back into the game and the Brazilian almost made an instant impact with a snapshot from the edge of the area where Amrinder Singh was alert enough. Alfaro almost reduced the deficit in the 65th minute with a sharp turn and shot in the 65th minute following a cross from Golui. But his effort agonisingly scraped the crossbar before going out of play.

Jorge Costa shored up the hosts’ defence as they looked to protect their two-goal lead with Pune’s attackers being thwarted repeatedly despite coming forward in numbers. There would be another spot-kick awarded in added time, once again to the hosts. A quick breakaway saw Arnold Sissoko skip past the Pune defence before he was hacked down in the box by Gurtej Singh. Lucian Goian stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was saved well by Kaith who guessed the right way.

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03.10.2018 : DELHI DYNAMOS 1-1 PUNE CITY FC (FT)
DEL : Rana Ghorami(44')
FCPC : DIEGO CARLOS (87')
MAN of the Match : Rana Gharami - Delhi Dynamos.
Club Award : DELHI DYNAMOS & PUNE CITY FC
Limitless Player : Ashique Kuruniyan - Pune City.
Winning pass of the match : Emiliano Alfaro - Pune City.
Emerging player : Ashique Kuruniyan - Pune City
DD : Doronsoro, Pritam, Rana Gharami, Zuiverloon, Narayan , Bikramjit, Tibar, Mehelic, Chhangthe, Kuluderovic, Sekar.
PCFC : Kaith, Tamang, Mills, Diaz, Fanai, Vila, Stankovic, Khan, Ashique Kuruniyan, Vanlalimpuia, Alfaro.
REFEREE : OMPRAKASH THAKUR.

DELHI DYNAMOS <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> PUNE CITY FC

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Miguel Angel Portugal’s Pune City managed to earn a hard fought 1-1 draw at death against home side Delhi Dynamos in their Hero Indian Super League opener at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Delhi. Delhi seemed set for all three points after a wonderous long-range strike from Rana Gharami (44’) but for second-half substitute Diego Carlos who equalised with two minutes left on the clock. Rana Gharami became the first Indian footballer to score the goal in ISL 2018-19 season.

Coach Josep Gombau had Delhi Dynamos line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Andrija Kaluderovic leading the lines. Former Pune City midfielder Marcos Tebar started in midfield with Bikramjit Singh while Nandhakumar and Lallianzuala Chhangte provided the width. Pune City playing a 4-3-3 formation started brightly, with Ashique Kuruniyan finding a lot of space down the left flank. An early cross from the youngster almost found Emiliano Alfaro inside the box.

Just after quarter of an hour, Delhi started to assert themselves and fashioned several key chances. With a minute to go for the half-time whistle, Delhi Dynamos got a deserved lead through an outrageous strike from Rana Gharami. The defender got on the ball from about 40 yards out and hit a thunderous strike that flew into the top corner, much to everyone’s wonder. The second half got off to a slow start as both teams failed to create chances of note. Emiliano Alfaro cut a lone figure up front for Pune City while Delhi Dynamos pressed well but could not trouble the Stallions’ defence.

The Dynamos continued to exploit the wings and should have doubled their lead in the 67th minute. Nandhakumar went on a brilliant run down the right wings and squared the ball for Kaluderovic who met it with a weak left-foot that saw the effort trickle well wide. Portugal threw on Diego Carlos as he searched for an equaliser while Gombau sent on Romeo Fernandes for Nandhakumar. It was the latter who would fashion a chance as he galloped down the right wing and almost found Kaluderovic inside the box, but for an alert Mills.

The Stallions did get a chance though as a hopeful cross from the left fell to Jonathan Vila on the edge of the area. The Spaniard’s fierce volley drew a fantastic reaction save from Francisco Dorronsoro. With Pune turning desperate for a goal, Delhi had two good chances to score a second. First, Ganni Zuiverloon failed to direct a volley at the backpost from Das’ freekick on target. Then a smart inter-play between Kaluderovic and Chhangte set the latter through on goal but he shot straight at Vishal Kaith.

With two minutes left in the tie, Pune City equalised after brilliant link-up play between Alfaro and Carlos. The Brazilian played in Alfaro inside the box. The Uruguayan passed it back on to Carlos’ path who shifted on to his left and sent an arrowing finish to the far corner. Though Delhi pressed hard to regain their lead, Portugal’s men held on to clinch a point from a tightly-contested clash.

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