Delhi Dynamos FC made their second successive semi-finals of the Hero Indian Super League resorting to some really attacking football that saw them finish the league stage in third position with 21 points from 14 games. With 27 goals, they have been the highest scoring side so far this season. The Lions have really gone from strength to strength and are one of the red-hot favourites to go all the way in Hero ISL 2016. Here indiansuperleague.com looks at the journey of Gianluca Zambrotta’s men to the semi-final, where they will face 2014 runners-up Kerala Blasters FC.
Won 3-1 against Chennaiyin FC: Delhi made a strong statement in their opening match of the season in Chennai as they brushed aside the defending champions 3-1. Brazilian striker Marcelinho struck a brace and Senegalese forward Badara Badji chipped in with one goal in what Marco Materazzi considered ‘the worst performance’ from the Super Machans in the history of the league.
Drew 0-0 with Kerala Blasters FC: Delhi next travelled to Kochi to play Kerala Blasters FC, who were coming into the match after tasting back-to-back defeats. In front of over 50,000 home fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Zambrotta’s men failed to replicate their performance from the previous game and had to content themselves with one point following a strong defensive performance from the home team.
Drew 1-1 with NorthEast United FC: The Lions played their first home game of the season in a charged-up atmosphere created by the presence of a strong contingent from the north-east. In front of over 27,000 spectators in the capital city, Kean Lewis put Delhi into the lead seven minutes before half-time but it took the visitors just six minutes into the second half to put things on level terms through an Emiliano Alfaro strike.
Won 2-0 against FC Goa: Delhi went into the match desperate for a win but when the first half yielded no goals at Fatorda, it looked like there was another dissatisfactory outing on the cards for the visitors. However, Marcelinho came on in the second half and inspired his team to a 2-0 win. First, he scored in what to date is one of the best goals of the season in the 72nd minute and then four minutes later set up Richard Gadze for Delhi’s second of the night. The Lions were back in the league.
Won 2-0 against Kerala Blasters FC: Hosts Delhi dominated the game from start to finish and thanks to second-half goals from Kean Lewis and Marcelinho in the space of four minutes, Gianluca Zambrotta’s men won without any fuss. With their second win on the bounce, they were well and truly back in semis contention. Read more..
Delhi Dynamos Football Club:
Delhi Dynamos FC: The Delhi Dynamos Football Club is another professional football team based in Delhi, which competes in the Indian Super League.
The Delhi Dynamos football club began to play the inaugural season of the Indian Super League during ISL October 2014.
Previously, Delhi Dynamos team was wholly owned and operated by Delhi-based DEN Networks earlier. Club’s majority ownership is now with US based company GMS Inc. while DEN Networks only holding a minority stake.