New Delhi: The Indian Super League's (ISL) national capital franchise, Delhi Dynamos recorded their first win under Italian coach Gianluca Zambrotta, in a pre-season friendly versus Swedish Club Skene IF, on Sunday 11th September, 2016.
Delhi Dynamos, playing their second friendly match in Swedenas part of their pre-season training, were trailing for the majority of the match. But the away side produced yet another resilient performance, thanks to two second half goals from midfielders Kean Lewis and Marcelo Leite to register their maiden win of the pre-season, much to the liking of their head coach Gianluca Zambrotta.
The match also saw the return of their Ghanaian superstar Richard Gadze and debut of Senegalese Baye Ibrahima Niasse. Samir Nabi came close to scoring in the seventh minute of the match with a vicious strike, which was blocked by an onrushing defender. They were at it again, when Kean Lewis came forth to scoring in the 13 minute with a brilliant solo effort.
Kean picked up the ball in midfield and dribbled past couple of defenders to fire in a powerful shot, but it was acrobatically saved by the goalkeeper to avert an initial setback for the hosts.
However, in the 35th minute of the match, Skene broke the deadlock much against the run of play with a superb strike from their striker Oscar. As had been the story for Zambrotta's squad during the entire pre-season, they fell behind once again and went into the break chasing the game.
The away side started off strongly after the change of ends and kept on pressing hard for the equalizer and but as luck would it have it, their multiple attempt at finding the back of the net failed. Their hard work eventually paid off, and they finally scored the equaliser through their talisman Kean.
With time running out, both the teams were looking for the winning goal, but it was the visitors whose perseverance saw them go ahead in the match for the first time with their new foreign signing Marcelo Leite, curling in a wonderful free kick to beat the opposition goalkeeper all ends up.