Ten-man Odisha secure much-needed win over Hyderabad
Odisha FC snapped their four-match winless run in Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 after a 3-2 win over Hyderabad FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Wednesday. Goals from Carlos Delgado and Xisco Hernandez gave Odisha a healthy lead at halftime, however, a red card to Vinit Rai in the second period gave Hyderabad a glimmer of hope once Bobo struck home a penalty. Substitutes Martin Guedes and Rohit Kumar also got on the scoresheet for Odisha and Hyderabad respectively.
- Carlos Delgado opened the scoring for Odisha in the 27th minute.
- Xisco Hernandez doubled their advantage four minutes before halftime.
- Vinit Rai was shown a red card for a handball in the box.
- Bobo scored his first goal for Hyderabad from the spot.
- Martin Guedes scored a penalty to help Odisha regain their two-goal cushion.
- Rohit Kumar came off the bench to find the back of the net for Hyderabad and set up a grandstand finish.
Odisha dominated the ball straight from the start and did most of the attacking in the opening exchanges. Aridane Santana had their first shot on goal in the 8th minute but the Spanish targetman failed to keep his first-time effort from a corner on target.
Hyderabad had to wait till the 15th minute for their first attempt on goal and it went to Bobo, who smashed a shot from distance over the crossbar. The Brazilian striker even put the ball in the back of the net two minutes later. However, the referee had whistled for a foul by Bobo before he had pulled the trigger.
Odisha then put the ball in the net themselves in the 27th minute and unlike Hyderabad, their strike stood. Delgado was the goalscorer after some intelligent movement led to him heading home a Xisco corner unmarked at the back post.
Delgado’s centre-back partner Diawandou Diagne also headed towards goal from a set-piece soon after only to miss the target. The tempo of the game, in fact, shifted after the opening goal with chances coming thick and fast.
Robin Singh produced a stinging effort for Hyderabad that went agonizingly over the bar, while Asish Rai forced Odisha’s goalkeeper into a save moments later.
Odisha responded with a shot from the edge of the area by Nandhakumar Sekar but his shot didn’t force the goalkeeper into action.
The home side though made the most of their next opportunity which went to Xisco, who ran into the box and arrived at the right time to apply the finishing touch on a Jerry Mawihmingthanga cross to make it 2-0 before the halftime interval.
Jerry and Xisco combined once again three minutes into the second period with the Indian winger putting the Spaniard through on goal this time. Unlike the first half, the Spaniard miscued his finish on this occasion and put his shot wide of goal. Santana had Odisha’s next chance and the physical frontman forced Hyderabad’s goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh into a save.
Hyderabad’s first opportunity in the second half came in the 56th minute when Adil Khan headed a set-piece into the goalkeeper’s grateful hands. Odisha could have killed the game on the hour-mark when Santana released Nandhakumar on the left. The Indian winger beat Kamaljit in goal but struck the crossbar to the disappointment of his teammates.
Hyderabad received a lifeline in the 64th minute when Rai was shown a red card and conceded a penalty for a handball in the box. Bobo confidently stepped up to convert the penalty and reduce the deficit by making it 2-1.
That said, Odisha’s two-goal advantage was restored just seven minutes later after another handball. Giles Barnes was adjudged to have handled the ball and substitute Guedes embraced the responsibility of re-establishing his side’s two-goal edge from the spot.
Rohit then came off the bench to set up a nervy finish by heading a Gurtej Singh cross into goal from the back post in the 90th minute. Hyderabad piled on the pressure in injury time by committing men in Odisha’s box, but the home side managed to hold on for their first win in five games.
Hero of the Match – Jerry Mawihmingthanga
The young Indian winger impressed again with a typically tireless performance that saw him contribute both in attack and defence. He provided the assist for Odisha’s second goal and also created four chances, making him the Hero of the Match.
Club Award – Odisha FC
Maruti Suzuki Limitless Player of the Match – Xisco Hernandez
DHL Winning Pass of the Match – Jerry Mawihmingthanga
ISL Emerging Player of the Match – Rohit Kumar
Hero of the Match – Jerry Mawihmingthanga
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