Manvir’s goal hands Goa hard-fought win over Hyderabad

Manvir Singh came off the bench to score the winner as FC Goa outmaneuvered Hyderabad FC 1-0 at the G.M.C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. The result saw the Gaurs climb back into the top four while Hyderabad stayed rooted to the bottom of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 table with just four points from seven matches.

  • The first-half ended goalless.
  • Substitute Manvir Singh scored with a header to put Goa in front in the 68th minute.
  • The goal eventually turned out to be the winner.

The home team made a bright start and created the first big chance of the contest as Laldanmawia Ralte skipped past Mandar Rao Dessai and cut the ball back for Marko Stankovic to have a crack. The midfielder’s shot, however, was blocked off by Ahmed Jahouh in exchange for a corner. From the subsequent set-piece, Rafael Lopez Gomez found himself on the end of a free header and only needed to keep his effort on target. The Spaniard, unfortunately, put it wide.

Hyderabad’s early momentum, however, was disrupted once Stankovic had to leave the pitch early after what seemed like a hamstring pull. Giles Barnes replaced the Austrian. The Gaurs started getting a foothold of the game after the substitution and created some half chances of their own.

Marcelo Pereira had a sight of goal in the 27th minute and the Brazilian ensured he tested Goa custodian Mohammad Nawaz with a powerful shot. The youngster was up to the task and parried it away.

Goa, on the other hand, despite having the lion’s share of the ball, created very little of note and were largely restricted to shots from range. The two teams went into the break with the score goalless.

The Gaurs upped the ante after the restart and Hugo Boumous tested Kamaljit Singh early after some snappy passing by the Goa frontline.

The away side kept pressing Hyderabad for the all-important opener but the hosts defended resolutely to deny Goa too much space in the danger zone. The visitors also saw a penalty appeal turned down just after the hour mark after Asish Rai’s heave challenge on Brandon Fernandes. The breakthrough would finally come in the 68th minute. Substitute Manvir eluded Adil Khan at the far post to get on the end of a Brandon corner and headed it in to make it 1-0.

Eight minutes later, Marcelo Pereira almost set up Adil with the equaliser from a free-kick but the India international couldn’t quite get the connection he needed with a diving header.

With just under ten minutes left, Goa had their own opportunity to extend the advantage but Kamaljit was on his toes to keep out Manvir’s shot from the edge of the box. The hosts tried throwing men forward in search of the leveler but Goa held on to secure the three points.

Hero of the Match – Chinglensana Singh

Coming on for the suspended Mourtada Fall, Chinglensana Singh gave a terrific account of himself in his first match of the season. The centre-back hardly put a foot wrong in the match and had a staggering passing accuracy of 97%, five clearances, two blocks and one interception. He was named the Hero of the Match.   

AWARDS

Club Award – FC Goa

Maruti Suzuki Limitless Player of the Match – Manvir Singh

DHL Winning Pass of the Match – Brandon Fernandes

ISL Emerging Player of the Match – Asish Rai

Hero of the Match – Manvir Singh

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