Amrita, Saturni, Makara 21, 2007, m249
The Chubarov outbreak is over; and so is the Dynamos’ winning streak.
For each of the 4 weeks of the outbreak, the Dynamos responded in parallel with one inspired win after another.
From the depths of despair to the plains of the playoffs stood the Dynamos.
In their path were the Immortals, also sporting a healthy appetite for playoff gratification.
And a fantastic feast of goals would occur with the first course served by the Dynamos.
Playing at Amrita stadium, Immortals fans were silenced early in just the 1st minute of play. The Dynamos’ Mariah Maalouf received a pass before dribbling into the penalty area, wrong-footed the Immortals defenders and chipped the ball past goalkeeper Chamunda Badal for the first goal of the match.
And then the Dynamos Defence mode switched on as they applied their usual defensive formation with five defenders, two defensive midfielders, two offensive midfielders and one striker. This worked to hold off the Immortals for the next 38 minutes. Until Uday Lanka changed the game, something he’s frequently done throughout the season.
Lanka ran from his own half, split the Dynamos midfield, then worked a give and go with teammate Ran Naik to create some separation from the defenders. This freed up a streaking Lanka who volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Boris Danilovich from inside the penalty area to tie up the score at the 39th minute. For Lanka, that was his league leading 12th goal of the season.
The Dynamos would regain the lead at the 61st minute as Avideh Karaaria back heeled the ball over his marker before turning and heading the dropping ball over Badal.
The Immortals would tie it up at the 82th minute as Lanka provided an audacious assist to Vivek Tagore who finished on the volley with a mid-air back heeled volley past Danilovich.
And with time running low with both teams anticipating an overtime of penalty shots, the Immortals surprised the Dynamo with a fine counter-attack that saw the defenders crowd Lanka who unselfishly set up a freed up Tulaiha Azizi for the tap-in and the game winner at the 90th minute!
And the Immortals win 3-2 to go 11 and 8 for the season while the Dynamo finally lose after 4 weeks and move to 9 and 10 for the season.
The Immortals will close out the season on the road against the Comets and then at home against Al’amal.
“I’m sure the fans were entertained as they were a tough opponent,” Lanka of they Dynamos after the match. “Now we prepare for the Comets. If we win, 2nd place is within our grasp.”
The Dynamo will experience an emotional return back to home field for their final two matches against the Dong Ji and Wuji.