ISL 2018-19: Pune City's short unbeaten run halted by Delhi Dynamos
Delhi Dynamos kept their own unbeaten run post the winter break alive by ending the Stallions'...

Pune City's resuregence in the second half of the 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL) season which included a six-game unbeaten run hit a roadblock after a 3-1 defeat to Delhi Dynamos at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Complex on Sunday.

Lallianzuala Chhangte (17'), Romeo Fernandes (29') and Daniel Lalhlimpuia (52') sealed the deal for Delhi, while Nikhil Poojary's (23') world class goal went in vain.

Phil Brown had to make four enforced changes with Adil Khan suspended, Marko Stankovic, Jonathan Vila and Diego Carlos all injured. Marcelinho returned from suspension and Matt Mills started for the first time since December.

Daniel Lalhlimpuia broke the door forcing his way into the Dynamos XI with a brace against Bengaluru. A fit-again Adria Carmona returned while Marcos Tebar and Shubham Sarangi started on the bench.

In an open-end game, it took the flamboyant Chhangte to draw first blood just after the first quarter of an hour. Romeo swung in a perfect cross across the face of goal for an unmarked Chhangte.

The 21-year-old darted in, away from an unassuming Sarthak Golui and volleyed in the ball into the net to bring up his fifth goal of the campaign. However, the lead only stood for six minutes.

Poojary, for his brilliant solo goal, pranced past a couple of Dynamos shirts from the right. Cutting into space, the former East Bengal winger's vicious left footer from outside the box swerved past a hapless Francisco Dorronsoro.

Right before the half hour mark, Romeo turned scorer after assisting his team's first. After picking up the ball from Ulises Davila, his angled shot caught a deflection off Sahil Panwar and looped into the net over Kamaljit Singh's head.

Rohit Kumar came the closest to score for the hosts again but his grounded shot was kept at bay by Dorronsoro. Kamaljit at the other end, responded well to the barrage of shots he was put under in the first half.

It took a mere seven minutes post the change of ends for the Lions to bury the game in their favour. Gianni Zuiverloon orchestrated the move into the box for Davila to take a snap-shot at goal.

Kamaljit body-blocked the shot but an alert Lalhlimpuia scissor-kicked it home, scoring a third in his last two games.

Davila, who was visibly upset after Daniel scored the goal, which could have been to his name got an opportunity in the 72nd minute. His sliced effort beat the goalkeeper but not the farpost as the ball ricocheted off the upright.

The ending of the game was marred by controversy as Marcelinho saw his second yellow card. He had injured Dorronsoro but then entered into a tussle with Marti Crespi, resulting in a mini-brawl.

The Brazilian will remain suspended for a record-breaking fourth game of a single ISL season. Pune City host Mumbai while the Dynamos are away at ATK in the final round.

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