Durand Cup 2021: Delhi FC beat Kerala Blasters by 1-0 to enter the quarterfinals


Delhi FC saw off a late push from Kerala Blasters to beat the Indian Super League (ISL) side 1-0 and enter the quarterfinals of the 2021 Durand Cup at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium on Tuesday.

 

 In the other Group C decider, Bengaluru FC came back from 0-2 down to win 5-3 at the Salt Lake Stadium to seal their knockouts berth.

 

With all four teams of Group C having a mathematical chance to qualify in the final round of matches, things were expected to be competitive, despite difficult pitch conditions due to heavy rain. Wth Navy Leading 2-0 at half time, Blasters had a glimmer of hope in their match, which was deadlocked 0-0. 

 

It was important for Blasters or Delhi to score early in the second half and take advantage by adding pressure on the opposition. Delhi managed to do just that, in the 53rd minute, and defended their hearts out as Blasters went into hyperdrive to wrest the advantage back. 

 

Willis Deon Plaza gave Delhi the lead in the 53rd minute, and the I-League second division side did what was expected. Defend. They are in the knockouts and with Plaza, who is the top scorer of the tournament with four goals, in good form.


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