ISL 2018-19: Rampant Delhi beats Pune City 3-1

Nikhil Poojari cancelled out Lallianzuala Chhangte's opening goal, but FC Pune City was unable to hold Delhi Dynamos as Romeo Fernandes and Daniel Lalhlimpuia scored to give the visitor a 3-1 win.

Delhi Dynamos players celebrate after scoring the third goal against FC Pune City.   -  ISL Media

Delhi Dynamos FC, carried the momentum from its win against Bengaluru FC last week with a 3-1 win against FC Pune City at the Balewadi stadium, Pune on Sunday. Lallianzuala Chhangte, Romeo Fernandes and Daniel Lalhlimpuia all scored for the visitor which was clinical in front of the goal.

The home team equalised at 1-1 through a 23rd minute strike from Nikhil Poojary, but felt short on several occasions to finish past goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro. The visitor remain in eighth place after snatching only the fourth win in 17 games. Pune City retains its seventh spot.

Read: As it happened

Two efforts stood out in a pacy first half. The visitors went ahead via a stunning finish by Chhangte in who smashed into the roof of the net off a pin-point cross from Romeo Fernandes.

In the 23rd minute, against the run of play, Pune's Nikhil Poojary cut in from the right before unleashing a thunderous long-range strike to beat Dorronsoro to make it 1-1 for the home team.

Romeo Fernandes of Delhi Dynamos FC celebrates after scoring his team's second goal.

 

However, Kamaljit Singh error in judging a floated cross in the 30th minute helped Romeo Fernandes to slot home to regain the lead. Dorrosoro then did well to parry a fierce low shot to the near post by Marcelinho. Daniel Lalhlimpuia made it 3-1 in the 52nd minute with a right-footed strike inside the box.

Pune City, missing the services of midfielder Adil Khan, Diego Carlos, Marko Stankovic due to various reasons, suffered another blow had to replace Ashique Kuruniyan in the first half after clashing with a rival. Marcelinho got sent off after collecting a second yellow card in the closing stage for a foul on the rival goalkeeper, leading to a charge at the Brazilian by Martin Diaz who was also yellow carded.


The result:

Delhi Dynamos FC 3 (Lallianzuala Chhangte 17', Romeo Fernandes 30', Daniel Lalhimpuia 52') bt Fc Pune City 1 (Nikhil Poojary 23')