ISL 2017-18, Match 43: Delhi Dynamos vs Kerala Blasters, 5 Talking Points
In a battle of two teams with just one win to their name, the Kerala Blasters emerged victorious with a 3-1 win on the road against the Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League. The game was tied at half-time but Iain Hume struck twice in the second half to help the Blasters pull away for the win.
The Dynamos are most certainly done for the ISL season now after this damaging loss as they failed to kick on from the draw against Chennaiyin on Sunday. Meanwhile, David James, who's back for his second stint as Blasters head coach, continues to revive their flagging fortunes as they climb up to sixth in the table with 11 points.
Here's what stood out from the game:
#1 What a strange goal!
The Dynamos, playing at home, had made the better start to this match, but it was the Blasters who got the opening goal. And it was one that really did come out of nothing.
Subhasish Roy's goal-kick was flicked on by Iain Hume's header to Courage Pekuson. The Ghanaian went down the left flank where he had the beating of the Dynamos' defence, for some reason decided to cut back instead of crossing, allowed the defence to recover, then decided to run to the byline anyway and put a left-footed cross in.
Gabriel Cichero's attempt to slide in and clear only saw the ball slide off of him and into Hume's path who was sliding into the net himself. It hit Hume's thigh and went in, but it was probably going in any way.
It was well against the run of play and very telling of both sides' shortcomings. The Blasters have struggled to score, often relying on such rubs of the green to score. The Dynamos have defended abysmally and that's why they find themselves bottom of the table.