Delhi down Kerala to go top of the table in ISL.

Second-half goals from Kean Lewis and Marcelinho helped Delhi Dynamos beat Kerala Blasters 2-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi in the Indian Super League on Friday. With this win, their third in eight matches, Delhi went top of the table with 13 points while Kerala's five-match unbeaten streak was halted and they remained at sixth with nine points.

Second-half goals from Kean Lewis and Marcelinho helped Delhi Dynamos beat Kerala Blasters 2-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi in the Indian Super League on Friday. With this win, their third in eight matches, Delhi went top of the table with 13 points while Kerala's five-match unbeaten streak was halted and they remained at sixth with nine points.

After a thrilling first-half in which both the teams created opportunities but failed to break the dead-lock, Delhi took the lead courtesy Lewis in the 56th minute. Despite Kerala enjoying the upper hand at the start of the game, Delhi had looked threatening to get a goal as the opener came when Kerala custodian Sandeep Nandy made a mess of regulation back pass from his own defender. Delhi forward Richard Gadze capitalised and took the ball but failed to shoot. He passed it to Lewis who came in from the left and the midfielder showed great composure to net the ball past Nandy.

Four minutes later, Kerala were caught napping once again as Delhi captain Florent Malouda, with his swift movement, went behind the defence of Sandesh Jinghan and managed a lobbing pass to Marcelinho from the left and the Brazilian headed his fifth goal of the tournament to become the joint-highest goal-scorer this season.

Kerala made three substitutions at one go in a bid to get a goal but Delhi managed to stave off the challenge well. Kervens Belfort who had created plenty of opportunities in the first half failed to make an impact in the second and was replaced by Antonio German. Lewis and Marcelinho switched sides in the second half and the duo continued to put the Kerala defence under pressure. Marcelinho and Gadze combined well once again in the 67th minute but Nandy did well to stop the shot on a rebound. Kerala, however failed to find the goal and slumped to their third loss in the tournament.

In the first half, Kerala Blasters got off to a good start with Belfort and Rafi combining well with the early goings. The midfield play of Ishfaq Ahmed and Didier Kadio had Delhi defence in the trouble and the duo managed to feed the ball forward. Belfort had couple of good chances but the defence of Ruben Rocha and Anas Edathodika combined well to deny him any opening.

Delhi too soon found their rhythm with Malouda finding space and moving well past the Kerala defenders. Marcelinho playing from the right flank and Lewis from the left flank created good chances. Marcelinho, Delhi's best player this season so far, blazed through the defence of Jhingan, prompting goalkeeper Nandy to come in to play couple of times. Nandy had a few nervous moments with the ball clearance but Delhi failed to capitalise.

As the game progressed Lewis and Marcelinho gelled together. Gadze got opportunities upfront and his first shot was blocked by Kerala skipper Cedric Hengbart. Immediately, Kerala ran the counter and should have had the lead. Kerala shot thrice at goal, but some frantic defending by Edathodika saved the day for Delhi.

Delhi concentrated on their attack via the left- flank with Lewis, Malouda and Gadze, thus taking the spotlight away from Marcelinho and the ploy nearly worked as Marcelinho found space on the free throw and attempted a volley that hit the side netting. As the half-time approached Delhi looked in better rhythm. Kerala did however get their chance at goal when in the 42nd minute Belfort headed wide on a Kadio pass from the left. In the second half, Delhi upped their game and went on to register their first home win of the season.

(Courtesy of The Times of India)