Delhi Dynamos goes down fighting against Real Oviedo

The Indian Super League side put up a strong fight but eventually succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Spanish second division outfit Real Oviedo.

The Delhi Dynamos squad that took on Spanish outfit Real Oviedo.   -  Twitter: @RealOviedo

 

A first-half goal from forward David Gonzales handed Spanish outfit Real Oviedo a 1-0 win over Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos in Oviedo, Spain.

Sticking with the ISL regulations of playing five foreigners in the starting XI, head coach Miguel Angel Portugal handed starts to defender Gabriel Cichero, Edu Moya, Matias Mirabaje, Jeroen Lumu and Guyon Fernandes.

Timothy Munmun Lugun also made his way into the line-up after missing out against Atletico Astorga.

It was the home team that knocked on the doors in the initial stage, but a fine double save by goalkeeper Albino Gomes kept it at bay at the Estadio Carlos Tartiere. Veteran defender Cichero then came to the rescue as his last-ditch tackle five minutes later helped Delhi keep the scoreline intact.

Real Oviedo’s persistence paid off though in the 21st minute when Gonzales found his way past the defense to slot home the ball past a helpless Albino. Dynamos looked a lot more stable and played better in the closing minutes of the first half, but failed to threaten Oviedo’s goal as the home side headed into the break with the advantage.

Potugal made eight changes to the Dynamos line-up in the second half. Brazilian midfielder Paulinho made his way onto the pitch and almost made an instant impact, but his shot from distance hit the crossbar.

Despite having more possession in the second half, Oviedo rarely threatened Delhi’s defense. With little chances to show for in the final 45 minutes, the game finished 1-0 in favour of the Spanish Second Division outfit.

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