Indian Super League: When Delhi Dynamos felt outsiders at home...
After drubbing Pune FC 4-1 in their last match at home, Delhi Dynamos were once again looking upbeat on Wednesday before their match against NorthEast United, at their own backyard.
New Delhi: After drubbing Pune FC 4-1 in their last match at home, Delhi Dynamos were once again looking upbeat on Wednesday before their match against NorthEast United, at their own backyard.
Delhi would have expected a decent number of spectators while playing at their home ground – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. And spectators didn't disappoint, as they flocked into the stadium in huge numbers, as most of the seats were occupied.
But when the match started, it seemed as if the match was taking place in Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Gauhati -- a home ground for NorthEast United.
NorthEast supporters simply outplayed Dynamos fans in numbers. And it was not only visible but quite audible as well.
Chants of 'NorthEast NorthEast' filled the packed stadium throughout the match. Delhi supporters did come to support their team but were in shock themselves after seeing a strong base for the NorthEast club. Delhi players must have felt outsiders at their home ground.
Delhi created few close chances but failed to convert them. In the second half, NorthEast strikers also came close to finding the back of the net but failed to score. And eventually, the match ended with a 0-0 score-line, as both the teams shared one point each.
According to the media reports, over 33,000 spectators came in to watch the match, which is undoubtedly an outstanding figure for a game of football in this country. In fact, it's a good news for Indian Super League organisers as well.
Now it would be interesting to see how long the league can manage to sustain the buzz and hype they have created for football in this country.