Goalkeepers impress as Delhi Dynamos, Chennaiyin FC share spoil
Just like a clash between two top sides, an encounter between two low-ranked teams is always entertaining. This fact was proven yet again on Tuesday (October 23) when Delhi Dynamos, a side desperate for a point, took on Chennaiyin FC, the two-time champions who were yet to open their points tally.
Chennaiyin FC scouts must’ve had the height of a player as their primary selection criteria and the results were visible from the very first match – the defending champions look threatening from corners. Eli Sabia met his head to one at the very beginning of the game but it was well saved by Francisco Dorronsoro.
Besides a sporadic attack here and another there, the game was entertaining but lacked a cut-throat chance until the last quarter of the first half. The game came back to life once again with a Chennaiyin FC corner and Dorronsoro pulled off three saves in a matter of minutes, the last one being the most vital, blocking a goal-bound shot from the in-form Thoi Singh.
The action then returned to the other half, where Lallianzuala Chhangte, who was thus far troubling his opponents with his pace, delivered a sublime cross to find Andrija Kaludjerovic in free space. The striker could’ve headed the ball anywhere but chose Lxmikant Kattimani’s palm to ensure parity at the end of the first half.
Just like the first half, the visitors found a great chance at the very beginning of the second half, but Carlos Salom’s unchallenged shot was wayward. Chennaiyin FC took control of the game from then on but failed to penetrate Delhi’s rock-solid backline.
Andrea Orlandi got a chance a few minutes later than Salom’s chance, but his shot was wayward as well. Dorronsoro, the only overseas keeper of this edition of the tournament, gave the Indian keepers a masterclass with his neat glovework. After Orlandi’s attempt, Salom found himself 1v1 against the keeper but failed to score.
Another such great save came in the 78th minute when Dorronsoro dived to his left to keep Raphael Augusto’s shot out. Many such attempts were made by the visitors till the end of the game, but the Delhi defense showed their composure and found themselves a great leader in the form of their goalkeeper. Both teams settled for a point and are yet to find three points.
What’s Next for Chennaiyin FC?
Chennaiyin FC finally opened their points tally but are still seated at the bottom of the pile. They will now travel to Kolkata to face ATK. Delhi Dynamos, who are placed in the 8th position, will face Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena.