GUWAHATI, Nov 24 � Host North East United Football Club (NEUFC) suffered their fourth defeat in the Hero Indian Super League. They went down to Delhi Dynamos FC 1-2 in the home match at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai here today.
Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos and Hans Mulder scored for the visiting team while Kondwani Mtong reduced the margin.
With very remote possibility of making it to the last-four stage, NEUFC coach Ricki Herbert should think for other options in the striking area as his frontliners let the team down repeatedly. Like other previous matches today was also not an exception and the strikers squandered at least half a dozen opportunities from which goal should have been scored.
Spanish striker Sergio Contreras Pardo (Koke) should be blamed for NEUFC�s debacle as he alone missed several easy sitters.
However, it was an interesting encounter as several moves were initiated fro either sides through out the course.
Brizialian midfielder Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos opened the account in the sixth minute with a powerful left footer. Gustov got the ball from a set piece taken by midfielder Francisco Fernandez and he beat the NEUFC custodian Rehenesh T Paramba from top of the box.
Buoyed by the goal, the Delhi players enhanced their speed and took control of the situation enjoying major share of the ball. Delhi skipper Hans Mulder of Netherlands doubled the lead in the 14th minute with an angular right footer. Gustavo set the ball for his captain who took very little time to unleash a right footer and the ball easily sailed into the goal.
NEUFC frontliners were hardly allowed to enter into the Delhi striking third. Delhi defenders Anwar Ali, Pavel Elias, Souvik Ghosh did a tremendous job by containing all the home team attackers on several occasions. At the fag end of the first session Souvik was given marching order by referee Ravshan Irmatov reducing the Delhi team to a 10-men brigade.
NEUFC made a flying start in the second session creating two brilliant scoring opportunities within five minutes. But Seimeinlen Doungel and Issac Chansa disappointed their coach by spoiling both the openings.
The ball roamed around in the Delhi goal area in most of the time in the second session and their Belgian goal keeper Kristov Van Hout had a very tough time under the bar. He saved his team on so many occasions showing his temperament and tremendous anticipation.
Zambian midfielder Airborlang Mtonga finally managed to reduced the margin in the 80th minute with a header off a flag kick. In the final minute Isaac Chansa missed another easy chance as he failed to push home from a handshake distance.
The home team was also reduced to 10-men as their defender Aiborlang Khongjee was sent out in the 82nd minute.