ISL 2018: Gallego, Ogbeche strikes sink Dynamos

NorthEast United banked on goals from Federico Gallego and Bartholomew Ogbeche to surge to the top of the Indian Super League after securing a 2-0 win over Delhi Dynamos on Tuesday.

NorthEast United FC's Federico Gallego celebrates after scoring against Delhi Dynamos on Monday.   -  ISL

Two goals in the last ten minutes saw NorthEast United FC inflict a 2-0 defeat on Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday. This was NEUFC’s third win in five matches and the result took the side to the top of the ISL table, while Dynamos remains winless in five encounters.

Federico Gallego drove home the first goal to do justice to NEUFC’s dominance and provided the assist for Bartholomew Ogbeche to strike in the closing moments.

 

A layer of mist hung over the field but the NEUFC strikers had no business to lose sight of the target. The moves came in waves as the vociferous support from the stands inspired the visiting team. The visitor came close to scoring in the sixth minute when Ogbeche unleashed a fine strike that clipped the crossbar. Dynamos goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro stood firm and made a fine save to save a Mato Grgic header in the 40th minute.

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Dynamos survived the first half which was essentially about the home team concentrating on its defence.

Marcos Tebar returned to the Dynamos camp after missing three matches. His presence added depth to defence as Dynamos hung on desperately. The Dynamos midfield remained busy as NEUFC explored every possible avenue to score. The pressure on the defence began to mount as the match progressed but wayward finishing by the opposition allowed it to stay afloat.

Bartholomew Ogbeche scored his sixth goal of the season to propel NorthEast United FC to a 2-0 win over Delhi Dynamos on Tuesday.

 

Ogbeche was a towering figure on the field as NEUFC came close to finding the target in the 62nd minute when Gallego found himself well placed outside the box. But his left-footer failed to beat the Dynamos goalkeeper Pawan Kumar.

There was exaggerated anticipation from the stands as NEUFC strove to recover its form that fetched the team a 4-3 win against Chennaiyin FC. NEUFC coach Eelco Schattorie had spoken highly of the Dynamos team which almost proved him right but for the late strikes from Gallego and Ogbeche.