Indian Super League Highlights: Santos Scores Stunning Solo Goal as Delhi Dynamos Rout Chennaiyin FC 4-1
In an Indian Super League game that saw old friends Alessandro Del Piero and Marco Materazzi turn enemies, Del Piero ended up on the winning side as Delhi Dynamos crushed Chennaiyin FC 4-1. The game saw the fastest ISL goal scored so far and also one of the best solo efforts from Delhi's Santos in the dying minutes for a jaw-dropping goal. Catch all the highlights from the match here.
Delhi Dynamos beat Chennaiyin FC 4-1 in the Indian Super League. Follow all highlights here: (Scorecard)
20:58 (IST): Delhi beat Chennai 4-1 for their 1st ISL win. The game saw the fastest goal of the tournament scored so far in the 1st minute.
20:54 (IST): 90+4' GOAAL! Great solo goal from Santos and Delhi lead Chennai 4-1 now. He cut past innumerable defenders there after making a run from the left. That was something hard to describe! Commentators compare Santos to George Best!
20:51 (IST): 90' We will have five minutes added on here as Delhi lead Chennai 3-1. Time running out for MS Dhoni's team.
20:46 (IST): 86' Just about four minutes to go for Chennai to make amends here, it's very difficult but Chennai have to think they can get two goals quickly, somehow!
20:40 (IST): 79' GOAAL! 3-1...Wonderful penalty from Delhi's Arias onto the right top corner and Chennai are reeling.
20:37 (IST): 77' PENALTY for Delhi Dynamos. They are leading 2-1 already and this could be a great chance to secure 3 points!
20:35 (IST): 75' Del Piero is replaced by former Real Sociedad player Skoubo and the Italian World Cup winner receives a great response from the crowd. Unfortunately, he has to go, he has played his part today in the game.
20:30 (IST): 69' GOAAL! Another brilliant one from the free-kick for Chennai's Elano in the tournament as he now becomes the joint highest goal-scorer. Delhi 2 Chennai 1.
20:24 (IST): 64' The keeper does his job! That was loose from Delhi's Wim Raymaekers as he lets Chennai's Jayesh past him. The no.16 quickly plays it to Valencia who turns in and blasts one off his left foot forcing the tallest keeper to make a good low save!
20:21 (IST): 61' Delhi are on a mission to score goals here. They are continuously making inroads into Chennai's half, who do not seem to have much of a contribution from their marquee player Elano today. Delhi 2 Chennai 0.
20:11 (IST): 50' Crucial save! Delhi's Steven Dias runs into the box from the right hand side and pokes the ball towards the goal. The shot takes a deflection before Gennaro Bracigliano makes a brilliant one hand save. Mads Junker gets the ball on the left flank and puts in the cross but is easily cleared by the defender.
20:08 (IST): 47' Elano looks for the far post player from the right corner but his cross is perfectly pushed away past the goal-line by Delhi's Raymaekers, who scored the first goal for them. Some inspiration from Chennai, finally!
19:49 (IST): Delhi Dynamos ride a 2-0 advantage going into halftime vs Chennaiyin FC, on track for their 1st win in the ISL.
19:47 (IST): 45+2' Delhi's Anwar Ali has been stretchered off after an injury as we approach halftime in the game.
19:36 (IST): 35' Lack of chances! Chennaiyin FC have not been able to create chances and give their forwards a chance to equalise. Delhi have defended well but lack of creativity has hurt Chennai the most!
19:31 (IST): 31' So it seems like Del Piero is so far winning the battle with his friend Materazzi but Chennai still have about an hour to play for in this. Delhi 2 Chennai 0.
19:21 (IST): 21' GOAAL! Delhi's 2nd and once again from the corner! Mads Junker right on target for his 1st ISL goal. Delhi 2 Chennai 0.
19:09 (IST): 8' That could have well been two! Del Piero takes the corner which is cleared towards Shouvik. The midfielder tries to give it in the first attempt but fails and eventually puts it inside the box in the second attempt. The ball heads towards Mads Junker who chest it down, goes wide, and takes a shot which is cleared for a corner! This time around it is taken short but nothing concrete comes out of it!
19:06 (IST): 5' Delhi pushing deep! Delhi's front line is putting immense pressure on the visitors' back three. They are chasing each and every pass and in turn forcing errors.
19:03 (IST): 2' GOAAL! And you thought the match hasn't even started yet! Wonderful finish from Raymaekers after a wonderful pass from the corner..The ball was first fed by Del Piero through a short corner and Shylo pushed it to the full back, great strike, great goal! Delhi Dynamos 1 Chennaiyin FC 0.
19:01 (IST): The ISL match between Delhi Dynamos and Chennaiyin FC has now kicked off at Delhi's Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.
18:55 (IST): Just a few minutes away from live action now as the players stand up to the Indian national anthem.
18:40 (IST): A beaming Parineeti Chopra is at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for Delhi's match vs Chennai, says she loves Del Piero.
18:36 (IST): Big news coming in. Atletico de Kolkata striker Fikru Tefarra and FC Goa's French marquee player Robert Pires have been banned for two matches each while Kolkata manager Antonio Habas has been given a four-match suspension for disciplinary reasons. The Kolkata versus Goa match at Margao on October 23 has shown the volatile face of ISL.
18:23 (IST): Preview: Delhi Dynamos FC vs Chennaiyin FC! Alessandro Del Piero vs Marco Materazzi! Old friends turn enemies in this bout! The two Italian greats, who played alongside each other in the World Cup winning side, will lock horns! Delhi have had a steady start as they have won none and have not lost either, drew both! On the other hand, their compeer have got off to a flier by winning both games in style. Abundance of talent and attacking style has played a pivotal role in their early success.
An impressive show against table toppers Atletico de Kolkata boosting their morale, Delhi Dynamos take on another high-flying team Channaiyin FC in what promises to be a high-voltage clash in the Hero Indian Super League, here on Saturday.
Dynamos began their ISL campaign with a goalless draw against Pune City FC and then held leaders Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium and they would be surely looking for their first win.
The Delhi team showed in Kolkata the potential that they can go a long distance in the tournament by breaking the winning streak of ATK, the most talked about side so far in the league, but they will have to maintain that show against Chennaiyin if they want a positive result.
Chennaiyin FC, coached by World Cup winning Italian Marco Materazzi, are at second spot in the points table and have also been an unbeaten side in the tournament. They have beaten FC Goa and Kerala Blasters by identical 2-1 margin and they have one of the best rosters in terms of player quality. (Read full preview)
Delhi Dynamos Cross 1,50,000 Fans on Facebook
The Indian Super League might not have started yet, but the Delhi Dynamos Football Club have already scored their first goal online by crossing the 150,000-fans mark on Facebook.
With the league having been launched only less than a month ago, the Delhi Dynamos lead the ISL brigade on social media with the most fans on Facebook and over 5,000 followers on Twitter.