Delhi Dynamos forced hosts Kerala Blasters to play 0-0 draw
Kerala Blasters FC haven’t been able to put a victory in last two matches played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, despite enjoying the support of 55,000 spectators. Blasters were held for a 0-0 draw against Delhi Dynamos FC, playing their third match of the Hero Indian Super League. Kerala marquee player Michael Chopra misses the best chance for Blasters in first-half, whereas Marcelinho misses to win the match for Delhi in the second-half with his wasted opportunity.
Kerala dominated the ball possession in the first quarter of the game, before visitors taken time to settle down, without managing to create any clear-cut chances on goal. Chopra had the Blasters’ first effort on goal in the 12th minute but failed to hit the target.
Dynamos also lost their opportunity in the 21st minute after a Florent Malouda free-kick found Badara Badji in the box, but Senegalese forward couldn’t wrap up the ball into Kerala’s net.
Chopra had the best chance in the last minute of the half after Josu found the former Newcastle United star with a delightful ball from deep. Chopra controlled expertly and hit the target but goalkeeper Toni Doblas made a good save low to his right as the sides went in 0-0 at the break.
Second-half didn’t witness much of the goal scoring chance for either team as well, but the tempo of the game was much different and quicker than it was in first-half. The visitors had two quick chances in the 83rd minute that almost have given visitors the lead, and they could have won the game. Malouda free-kick landed perfectly to find a header in the box, but Kerala’s star defender Sandesh Jhingan cleared the danger edging on header. Marcelinho quickly find himself some space behind Kerala’s backline after that, but Brazilian winger’s attempt on goal was blocked by an army of yellow on the edge of the six-yard box.
During the closing stages of the game, both sides got more defensive as neither of them were willing to risk conceding a late goal. The referee added on six minutes of injury time and that gave the home supporters some hope of a late winner. Delhi’s convincing defending forced Kerala to play a 0-0 draw, which left Kerala Blasters with only one point from three matches in Hero ISL 2016. ISL season 3 witnessed its first goalless match of the season, but visitors Dynamos won’t mind a point from their away visit to Kochi were home fans makes life difficult for the visitors.