Delhi Dynamos edged past Chennaiyin FC by a solitary goal in a close-fought match to register their first victory in the second season of Indian Super League in New Delhi, on Thursday.
Brazilian Anderson Sebastio Cardoso's goal from the spot in the eighth minute helped Delhi collect three points after they were beaten by FC Goa in their campaign opener.
Chennaiyin, on the other hand, slumped to their second consecutive defeat after losing 2-3 to defending champions Atletico de Kolkata in their previous match.
Cheered by around 20,000 supporters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the Delhi side had more openings and controlled the better part of the match though the Chennai team enjoyed more ball possession.
The Marco Materazzi-coached visiting side lacked sting in the attack with Steven Mendoza and Balwant Singh failing to combine together.
Jeje Lalpekhlua, who started against ATK, had to miss the match as he is away on national duty, while Fikru Teferra was not 100 per cent fit and came only for the last 10 minutes of the match.
With Brazilian Gustavo Dos Santos and former France and Chelsea star Florent Malouda making an impact in the match, Delhi did not feel the absence of India striker Robin Singh, and they had more chances in the match though Chennaiyin were the better side in the second half.
Delhi took the early lead through a penalty converted by Brazilian Cardoso. Cardoso's Brazilian team mate Gustavo Dos Santos initiated the move as he cut into the Chennaiyin box from the left before releasing the ball for captain Hans Mulder to take a shot which, however, hit the outstretched hands of Chennai player Manuele Blasi.
Cardoso cooly placed the ball past a diving Chennaiyin goalkeeper Apoula Edel Bete to the wild celebration of the 19,453 home team supporters.
Chennaiyin goal came under threat once againt in the 21st minute with Santos, after a one-on-one with Florent Malouda, cut into the left side of the visiting team. But, the Brazilian, instead of passing the ball to Richard Gadze, attempted a shot from an acute angle at the near post which was collected by the goalkeeper.