NorthEast United FC warmed up for their final battle 2-1 victory over Delhi Dynamos in their penultimate group stage clash at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, on Wednesday. Seityasen Singh and Romaric sealed the win for the Highlanders with two excellent second-half goals.
Seityasen Singh (60th minute) and N’Dri Romaric (71st minute) got the goals the hosts needed after a barren first session. Even though Marcelinho Pereira pulled a goal back for Delhi in the second minute of added time, NorthEast United
Delhi Dynamos are placed second with 20 points from 13 matches and had qualified even before this loss. Delhi Dynamos, with nothing to lose, started positively and should have been ahead in the third minute itself. Florent Malouda sent a fine through ball for Richard Gadze but the Ghanaian striker, despite having the rival defence caught out, could not keep his attempt on target with only goalkeeper T Rehenesh to beat.
NorthEast United too had their chance to surge ahead in the 18th minute but Emiliano Alfaro was found wanting. Romaric got the ball past the Delhi Dynamos defence and Alfaro had time to bury it past the keeper. Instead, Alfaro’s attempt was parried away by goalkeeper Toni Doblas. NorthEast United wasted another opportunity in the opening half. Rowllin Borges sent Seityasen clear but the striker lacked juice in his boots to get the better of
The hosts made it 2-0 in the 71st minute. It was Robert Cullen who made it happen when he played a perfectly measured ball for Romaric and the midfielder made no mistake by sending it inside the goal with the outside of his left foot. NorthEast were comfortable in defence with a two-goal advantage and only ended up conceding in the second minute of added time. Marcelinho was the star man again for Delhi as he left