I-League 2023-24: NEROCA FC survives scare to clinch win against resolute Delhi FC





Despite running into a four-goal lead, NEROCA FC capitulated, struggled, and then ended up relieved taking three points away from home with a 4-3 win over Delhi FC in the I-League on November 27, 2023.

It was no surprise that Delhi, the home team, tore into NEROCA right from the off, and could have, with calmer heads and better finishing, wrapped the game up within the first five minutes itself.

In the fourth minute, Kitboklang Khyriem’s cross from the left flew dangerously to the far post, only for Gaurav Rawat to head over from five yards. A minute later, Rawat had turned provider, running in from the right flank to cut the ball back for Balwant Singh, only for the striker to miss the ball. Wave after wave of Delhi attacks followed the same pattern, let down by the men inside the box.

ALSO READ: I League 2023-24: Gokulam Salvages a draw against Churchill Brothers

When the opener arrived, it came against the run of play, with NEROCA capitalising on Delhi committing attacking numbers to launch a counter. From the attack, Tarak Hembram launched a cross into the box from the right. It was a little behind Tangva Ragui, but the midfielder did brilliantly to not just get power, but also perfect direction to his header, as it nestled into the bottom left out of the reach of Naveen Kumar. The visitors had a shock lead.

It took a long while for a second goal to arrive, but once it did the others arrived in a flurry. Balwinder Singh doubled NEROCA’s lead in the 74th minute before David Singh scored a screamer in the 77th to extend its lead to three. A minute later, NEROCA added one more via Aniket Panchal and Delhi’s day looked to be descending into humiliation.

In the 83rd minute, Aroldinho got one back for Delhi with a volley from a header which came off the post, and a minute later, Sergio Barboza headed in a second from Aroldinho’s looped cross.

ALSO READ: ISL 2023-24: Bengaluru FC held to frustrating 1-1 draw by NorthEast United in Guwahati

NEROCA was panicking, and in the 90th minute, Barboza got his second and Delhi’s third as Balwinder’s clearance bounced off his head and went past Santosh in the visitors’ goal.

It was as close as Delhi would come though, as time proved to be the toughest opponent. For NEROCA, it was a sigh of relief as they won the three points.


Delhi FC 3 (Aroldinho 81′, Sergio Barboza 85′, 90′) lost to NEROCA FC 4 (Tangva Ragui 16′, Balwinder Singh 73′, Lourembam David Singh 77′, Aniket Panchal 78′)


Source link

━ more like this

China Sanctions: China sanctions US firm Kharon, provider of research on Xinjiang

BEIJING: China's foreign ministry said it had sanctioned Kharon, a US firm founded by former treasury department officials that provides data to companies...

Bry-Air Conducts the 13th Biannual Eye Camp to Support Underprivileged People Suffering from Eye-Related Problems

Bry-Air Conducts the 13th Biannual Eye Camp to Support Underprivileged People Suffering from Eye-Related Problems Staying true to its commitment to enhancing lives through CSR...

Ukraine: Ukraine claims destruction of major Russian navy vessel in Crimea

Ukraine's air force said on Tuesday that it had destroyed a major Russia landing ship stationed in the Crimean waters, after the Russian-installed...

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic reaches 10,000-point career milestone

Mavericks star Luka Doncic reached 10,000 career points during the first quarter of Dallas’ road game against the Phoenix Suns. Doncic reached 10,000...

Indonesia nickel plant explosion death toll rises to 18

JAKARTA: The death toll after an explosion at a Chinese-funded nickel-processing plant in eastern Indonesia over the weekend has risen to 18 with...