The Indian Super League's (ISL) representatives from the capital of the country, Delhi Dyanmos, were handed a defeat in manager Roberto Carlos' opening game in charge of the team. They lost their firiendly by a 3-1 scoreline against Swedish Superettan (second division) side, Varberg BoIS, at the Påskbergsvallen, the ground of the home team.
Much of the early running was made by the Dynamos though Varberg dew first blood in the 39th minute and grew into the game from then on. They scored goals in the 63rd and 85th minutes as the Dynamos scored a consolation in the dying embers of the game.
The Dynamos had the best possible line-up on the day as John Arne Riise, Florent Malouda, Hans Mulder, Chicao, Giovanni Dos Santos, Tiago Doblas, Gorka Larrea and Adil Nabi, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, all started. The Indian contingent included Souvik Chakrabarti, Zodingliana Ralte and Kishlay Sajwan. Anas Edathodika, Prabir Das, Naoba Singh, Anwar Ali, Gunashekhar Vignesh all started on the bench for the Carlos coached side, who aimed to get off on the right foot.
They almost got off to a scoring start as winger Malouda hit the post, not once, but twice in the Orange Lions' opening attack. Karl Söderström, a striker for the Swedish team, tested Doblas in goal, but the keeper had the better measure of the shot and saved well. Chakrabarti was lively, alongside Malouda, and both had shots at goal which were saved by the 22nd minute.
The Dynamos were forced into an early substitution as Kishlay Sajwan was replaced by Gunashekhar Vignesh on 28 minutes. But things were about to get messy for the Dynamos. A good move by Varberg saw Nsima Peter put into a good position and the attacker made no mistake wit hthe finish past Doblas as he gave the home team the lead on the 33rd minute.
Malouda picked up the ante and a blistering run by the former Chelsea winger saw him set up Dos Santos but the Brazilian's shot was defelected for a corner in the 39th minute. It was Nabi's turn to test the custodian on the cusp of half-time, with a spledid effort, but he could only watch as it was spectacularly saved to keep the score 1-0 as the teams headed into the break almost immediately.
The start of the second half saw a number of substitutions enforced as Toni Doblas was taken off for Ravi Kumar. Vignesh, a first half substitute himself, was taken off whilst Larrea was replaced by Pierre Tillman. With the coach still analysing his team, Dos Santos was substituted for Prabir Das in the 57th as Delhi continued to press for an equalizer.
They were however dealt a hammer blow as the 63rd minute saw the Swedes double their lead with a neatly taken effort, though the players appealed for offiside. Nabi then had a glorious chance in the 75th minute, but the shot scorched over the crossbar. The day would go from bad to worse for Carlos' side, as the Brazilian saw his team concede a third goal in the 85th minute, through another corner.
However, repsite and consolation followed almost immediately for the capital side as Riise turned back the years to score an absolute stunner from a free-kick to bring the deficit back down to two goals. However, that's as good as it got for the away team, as the Swedes held on for a win, with the scoreline reflecting 3-1 at the end of play.