Delhi Dynamos 2-4 Mumbai City FC
KICK-OFF: Dec. 3, 7.30PM IST (GMT +5.30), Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.
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Delhi Dynamos FC are still looking for that elusive first win to get their season underway when they host Mumbai City tonight. The past month has been rough on Delhi with them playing against the current top 4 teams in the league. They managed a solitary point against Jamshedpur but lost against Bengaluru FC, FC Goa and Northeast United. They gave a good account of themselves in their last two games against Bengaluru FC and FC Goa where they lost out to late second-half goals.
Apart from some questionable defending, Delhi have created a number of chances only to lack that bit of quality in the final third. They have a measly return of seven goals from the nine games they’ve played so far and are at the bottom of the league table.
Trying to convert their chances into goals will again be on top of the menu for Delhi going into the game tonight. The misfiring Serbian forward Andrija Kaluđerović has a poor return of one goal from nine appearances and it will be up to the Mizo winger Chhangte, Rene Mihelic and Adria Carmona to make something happen up front.
Mumbai City FC will be in among the playoff positions if they win tonight. They have been in good form with three wins and a draw in their last four games.
They boast a strong defence with Lucian Goian at the helm and Subhashish Bose and Joyner Lourenco stepping up to shut out the opposition. They have conceded a measly eight goals in the league so far.
Having kept four consecutive clean sheets, Mumbai will be confident defending anything Delhi Dynamos throws at them. Up front, they haven’t been prolific having scored only seven goals in eight matches. However, having won the reverse fixture earlier this season comfortably, if their attacking trio of Modou Sougou, Rafeal Bastos and Arnold Issoko score a goal or two, they should have three points in the bag.
FULL-TIME: Delhi Dynamos 2-4 Mumbai City FC
80′ – GOAL! 2-4 (Paulo Machado, Assist: Arnold Issoko, Mumbai City)
69′ – GOAL! 2-3 (R. Fernandes, Assist: Paulo Machado, Mumbai City)
64′ – GOAL! 2-2 (G. Zuiverloon, Assist: Rene Mihelic, Delhi Dynamos)
61′ – GOAL! 1-2 (M. Crespi, own goal for Mumbai City FC)
49′ – GOAL! 1-1 (Rafael Bastos, Penalty, Mumbai City)
3′ – GOAL! 1-0 (S. Chakrabarti, own goal for Delhi Dynamos)
Delhi Dynamos: 72′ – A. Kaludjerovic (Bikramjit Singh); 72′ – Rana Gharami (Marti Crespi); 81′ – Daniel Lalhlimpuia (Pritam Kotal).
Mumbai City: 41′ – R. Fernandes (Milan Singh); 74′ – M. Mirabaje (Modou Sougou); 86′ – Bipin Singh (Rafael Bastos).
Mumbai City are in among the play-off positions after coming back from behind to pick up three points against a beleaguered Delhi Dynamos side. They are level on points with FC Goa who are third in the table with superior goal difference and have won, drawn and lost the same number of games as them. Much like the game tonight, Mumbai are picking up momentum going into the second half of the season. The man of the match Paulo Machado was the star turn for Mumbai picking up a goal and an assist.
It was a typical Delhi Dynamos performance and not in a good way. They created some good chances and went into halftime leading by a goal, only to upend the cart in the second half. Delhi conceded a goal from a penalty early in the second half when Pritam Kotal handled the ball inside the 18 yard box. Not content with conceding a goal from a defensive error, they put Mumbai in the lead when a defensive header by Marti Crespi found the back of his own net.
Delhi equalised soon after with a Zuiverloon header coming off a free-kick. With the score tied at 2-2, Mumbai’s Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado helped his team to another couple of goals and Mumbai finished 4-2 on the night.
Courtesy: Grey Area Analytics
Looking through the xG lens shows Mumbai were efficient in converting their chances which is the polar opposite of how Delhi have played this season. They had nearly half the number of attempts on goal compared to Delhi, but still managed to score four goals. A goal behind going into the second half, Mumbai were strong and showed character to get back in the game and that is reflected in the xG (Running Sum) graph. However, a major contributor for Mumbai’s comeback was Delhi’s appetite for self-destruction.
Delhi dominated possession and created chances throughout the game, but were let down by a combination of poor finishing, bad luck and atrocious defending.
Apart from conceding a penalty for handball and an own goal, they let Paulo Machado sneak in a goal from an Arnold Issoko cross. The move by Mumbai was so obvious with the entire stadium and everyone watching at home figuring out that Issoko was waiting to cross the ball into Paulo Machado. But the Delhi defence was oblivious to it with them waiting along with the rest of us for Issoko to cross and Machado to get in front of the defender and score.
To add to the defensive chaos, Kaludjerovic came on in the 72nd minute and it was another routine performance by him going by this season. The Serbian forward had four good attempts on goal and he ensured none of them went in. With Daniel Lalhlimpuia also getting in on the act, the Delhi Dynamos forwards killed any chance of a comeback.