After their thumping 4-1 win over Chennayin FC in their last fixture, the high-flying Delhi Dynamos failed to recreate their goal spree as they were locked in a tightly-fought nil-nil draw against the NorthEast United. (Matchcentre | Fixtures | Standings):
20.52 (IST): It's all over! There will be no goals today! NorthEast United and Delhi Dynamos have played out a goalless draw.
20.25 (IST): 70 minutes played and there is no sight of a goal yet. Could this tie end in a goalless draw or is there some late drama in store for us?
20.10 (IST): Del Piero makes way for Dos Santos as both teams still look for the elusive goal. 55 minutes played.
20:02 (IST): The second half gets underway as both teams look to break the deadlock.
19:47 (IST): The first half comes to an end. Delhi were more dominating but the score still reads 0-0.
19:34 (IST): Wim Raymaekers fouled by James Keene, an unwanted challenge by the England midfielder. NorthEast United FC stuggling to keep possession.
19:30 (IST): Durga clears the ball from their half and counter attacking the home team. Tomas Josl runs with the ball from the left flank finds James Keene inside the box who instead of attacking the goal brings down the defender and thus commiting a foul.
19:28 (IST): Durga gives a stunning aerial through ball from the half line to find James Keene inside the box. Kristof Van Hout's long legs denying the away team with their first goal.
19:23 (IST): Alessandro Del Piero gives a lovely throughball to Mads Junker who collects it well but shoots it just wide from the target. Del Piero showing his presense felt on the pitch.
19:17 (IST): The home team having some free flowing passes put together. NorthEast United FC would like to keep the ball away from Alessandro Del Piero as far as possible.
19:06 (IST): The first shot on goal by Durga is towards the sky. The young striker getting too ambitious.
19:02 (IST): The match is underway as both teams look for an opening goal.
Delhi Eye More Goals
Buoyed by his team's 4-1 thrashing of Chennaiyin FC in their previous Indian Super League match, Delhi Dynamos coach Harm van Veldhoven today said that his side would go for goals in their match against NorthEast United FC, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
"I would want my players to continue the momentum. We beat Chennaiyin FC 4-1 in our previous match. We want to score goals tomorrow also. That would compensate our scoring of just one goal in our first two matches," Veldhoven said at the pre-match press conference.
"We played very well against Chennaiyin FC but in football you never know. We cannot be complacent and we have to see that we build on the momentum," he added.
Battle of the third and fourth placed sides
After two consecutive draws, Delhi notched up their first win of the tournament on October 25 by drubbing the Chennai side 4-1 through three spectacular goals and another from the penalty spot to the delight of home fans and coach Harm van Veldhoven.
The Dutch coach talked about his attacking brand of football and goals that would come by before the tournament but he was finding it difficult to answer questions after his side could get just two goals in the first two matches.
Now that his players have tasted their first victory with four goals against a quality side like Chennaiyin, who have come after winning their first two matches, Veldhoven is expected to maintain the tempo on Wednesday also.
NorthEast, however, would be a tough team to beat, having won two out of four matches (one match a draw and the other a loss) they have played so far and now at second spot in the league table with seven points. They have also come here on a high after defeating Mumbai City FC 2-0 in their first away match.