Delhi Dynamos treated the attendance of 18,243 with a goal riot as Marcelinho scored a hattrick and Richard Gadze struck a brace to guide the home team to a dominating 5-1 win over FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.
With the win, Delhi climbed up to the second place with 20 points and a goal difference of 11. Standing in a strong position, they will next take on NorthEast United on November 30, who are at the 5th spot with 15 points in their kitty.
The entire first half was a very tight affair where Goa showed their grittiness while Delhi too had their attacking intent right for display.
Zico, in the pre-match briefing, had said that Goa will play it all out and the Gaurs did exactly that on the field. Beginning slightly with a defensive approach, Goa found their groove and produced their share of attack as well.
Delhi too was all out in the attack and in the 9th minute, Marcelinho displayed some beautiful footwork working his way across four defenders but his angled strike hit the side net in the end.
As Delhi pressed Goa high upfront in search of a goal, they visibly left spaces at the back and Goa looked to capitalise on that.
In the 21st minute, a diving Poirei tipped off a Tavora strike.But soon in the 31st minute when Julio Cesar produced some dazzling individual skill to play around in the Delhi box and in order to tackle him, Anas collided with the keeper Piorei and Cesar held on and passed in the middle, which Poirei was unable to catch hold of and Fulganco Cardozo arrived to the occasion and tapped the ball in.
Soon in the 38th minute, Delhi came right back in the game with Marcelinho getting his name on the scoreboard.
As Malouda took a grounded free-kick towards the left, Marcelinho made a run from the centre and collected the ball to run front and shoot an angled shot home.
The second half turned out to be a goal riot from Delhi Dynamos as they killed the game within 15 minutes of the session after the break.
Just 3 minutes after the break, Marcelinho unleashed his prowess as he struck home from about 18 yards out.
Even as the celebration of the early second half goal from the home team hadn’t subsided, Marcelinho, in the 51st minute, let off a nice through pass towards Gadze who who ran alongside two Goa defenders and shot home from right beside Kattimani.
Just like the Gadze goal, which could have been easily saved, Goa let slip two more goals and they have only themselves to blame.
In the 56th minute, Marcelinho completed his hattrick when Tebar passed the ball towards him and he played through a defender to shoot the ball home.
Soon in the 58th minute, Goa defenders did horribly and were unable to control the ball and Gadze who only kept his footing and fought off two defenders to slot the ball home.
Goa looked scattered thereafter and were unable to gather up to put up a fight. In the 85th minute, Kean Lewis played wonderfully collecting a lost ball from Goa only to shoot it just wide.