ISL 2018-19, NorthEast United FC vs Delhi Dynamos FC: 3 Hits and Flops
NorthEast United FC hosted Delhi Dynamos in their second last home game in the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
With a chance of making the playoff for the first time on the line for the Highlanders, it was a game the home side had to go all out.
Delhi Dynamos has been having one of the worst seasons in their ISL history and were looking to salvage some pride before the Super Cup kicked off. Northeast United needed two more wins to secure a place in the playoffs.
The game had a dull start with both the teams trying to get a feel of their opponents. Both the teams squandered chances throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 0-0 at halftime.
NorthEast United created some excellent chances in the early minutes of the second half, but Bartholomew Ogbeche and company squandered many opportunities. Marcos Tebar scored against the run of play to give Delhi Dynamos the lead in the 68th minute. Bartholomew Ogbeche equalised for NorthEast United in the 71st minute through a penalty.
The game ended even stevens with the scoreboard reading 1-1. The result makes NorthEast's path to the playoffs a bit tricky.
On that note let us take a look at three hits and flops from today’s game.
#1 Batholomew Ogbeche (NorthEast United FC- Flop)
Seldom do we portray a goal scorer as a flop, but today was one of those days when the talismanic goal scorer for NorthEast United had a poor game despite getting his name on the scoresheet.
Ogbeche missed the chance of the game when he put the ball wide with just the keeper to beat from handshaking distance.
Apart from winning the penalty which again is a debatable topic and converting the spot kick Ogbeche had no positive impact on the game.
His movements today was, and his link-up play with the rest of his teammates was left wanting.
Ogbeche failed to beat his markers throughout the game except for one occasion. His finishing was poor today, and the Highlanders will be rueing his missed chances as it robbed NorthEast United FC off a victory.