Diego Carlos scores a later equaliser as FC Pune City held Delhi Dynamos to a 1-1 draw at the Jawarharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.
It was a record goal from the debutant Indian player, Rana Bharami at the 44th minute against the visitors in their opener. It was an excellent start by the centre back before the half time (40+4’ injury time).
Initially there was a lot of miss passes and the visitors seemed to attack more from the left. Ashique Kuruniyan gave a tough time to the captain of the other side throughout the regulation period. Delhi Dynamos put more players in the upfront but missed a host of goof opportunities to score in the opening minutes of the first half. Then in the 44th minute Rana scored to give his side the lead.
After the last noteworthy action at 44th minute, the visiting squad saw changing formation. They lost a first major opportunity when Pritam Kotal was released down the right flank after a well-timed pass from Gianni Zuiverloon. The captain managed to cut the ball back for Andrija Kaludjerovic, who was unmarked in the penalty box. However, the forward was unable to get a proper connection on the ball as the Stallions cleared their lines.
From the return to the second half, the Stallions put out some delicious crosses but failed to score. At the 67th minute Josep Gombau placed his trump card, Carlos in the field. The substitute didn’t take much time to show it’s magic and soon the night got its yet another remarkable goal. Neat link-up play from the Brazilian and Emiliano Alfaro inside the penalty box resulted in the substitute piercing through Delhi’s defence before unleashing a low drive into the bottom corner.
The hosts saw pace in the wings. Romeo Fernandes was marked to take the possession a number of times yet failed due to errors in pacing up with the striker.
Towards the last quarter of the game, Pune started piling on the pressure and nearly equalised when Jonathan Vila forced a brilliant save from Francisco Dorronsoro with a ferocious shot from the edge of the penalty box. The lions could have sealed the tie during the final stages when Chhangte burst through the Pune defence, but was unsuccessful in beating Kaith on goal.