The chants of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ on the loudspeaker made you wonder if it was a football match or whether it was a rally organized by one of the political parties. Yet it failed to generate the required response or liven up the dead crowd gathered at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. On the field though it was a veritable goal-fest. Delhi Dynamos managed to come from behind and draw 3-3 with Mumbai City FC. Mumbai maintained their second position on the table with eight points after five games, while Delhi moved to third position with six points from four games.
With Florent Malouda finding a place in the home team’s starting XI, the team looked more settled and unloaded a barrage of attacks on Mumbai, whose defenders were caught napping in the initial few minutes. Roles were reversed by the end of the first half, with Mumbai leading 2-0, thanks to a brace by their Hungarian midfielder Krisztian Vadocz (33rd & 39th). Mumbai’s Brazilian midfielder Leo Costa provided the perfect assist to Va docz, who had no trouble sending the ball past the keeper to the bottom right corner. Six minutes later, Mumbai midfielder Sony Norde’s free kick from the edge of the box hit the crossbar but found Vadocz’s on the rebound, who headed it back into the net.With a slight increase in the crowd gathered here, also came improvement in Delhi’s fortunes, who won one back through Richard Gadze in the 51st minute. Mumbai manager Alexandre Guimaraes’ move to bring younger legs on the field paid off as substitute Otacilio Brito Alves was involved in a beautiful one-two with Norde, who beat Delhi goalkeeper Soram Poirei in a one-on-one.
Delhi substitute Badara Badji brought his team back into the game in the 76th minute by chipping the ball over Mumbai goalkeeper Roberto Volato.