ISL 2018-19: Glimmer of encouragement for Delhi Dynamos & Josep Gombau

The second half performance would have raised the spirits in the Delhi dressing room while Jamshedpur's mistakes at the back continue to haunt them...

Half-time in Sunday night's Indian Super League (ISL) clash between Delhi Dynamos and Jamshedpur FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Delhi could turn out to be a crucial point in the season for the home team. 

For, they struggled in the first half and were down a goal. But a desperate but bold move from coach Josep Gombau almost turned things around. 

He withdrew goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro for Albino Gomes which meant he could have five foreign players in the outfield. In came Andrija Kaluderovic and Adria Carmona and Delhi looked a much better side. 

Yes, a poor back-pass from Robin Gurung was what sparked the turnaround with Lallianzuala Chhangte alert enough to capitalise on that. For 15 minutes following his goal, Delhi Dynamos looked a whole different team to what they looked like since the start of the season. 

Galvanised on a whole, the team poured forward in attack and got a deserved lead when Chhangte managed to cross across the box which fell to Carmona at the far post. 

Adria Carmona Delhi Dynamos Jamshedpur FC ISL 2018-19

It seemed tough on Jamshedpur FC who had looked to be in cruise control before that 15 minutes of sustained pressure from Delhi. Cesar Ferrando's men had looked assured in defence and lethal on the counters, with the end-to-end break that gave rise to the opener a perfect example. 

Yes, they regained the upper hand towards the end of the second half and forced the equaliser, thanks to a poor header at the near post from Marcos Tebar which sent the ball to the far post where Tiri could turn it in. 

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However, Josep Gombau would be encouraged by his team's response after the half-time whistle and probably now we will see Gombau play five overseas players in the outfield and deploy Albino Gomes in goal. 

They would naturally feel disappointed that they could not turn their brief resurgence into three points. However, that display should give them belief going forward in the season. Only thing is they need to cut down on individual mistakes. 

Jamshedpur FC, on the other hand, are still unbeaten but five of their seven games have been draws and much of that fault lies with the team's Indian defenders who have committed silly errors like last night.