Bombolim (Goa), 4 January (IANS). Hyderabad FC defeated two-time champions Chennai FC 4-1 at the GMC Stadium in Bombolim on Monday, raining goals in the second half.
After this win, Hyderabad FC team has reached sixth place in the seventh season of Hero Indian Super (ISL) with 12 points.
This is Hyderabad’s third win in nine matches. This is the first win after the team’s three consecutive defeats. Hyderabad have played three draws so far while losing three. At the same time, Chennai have suffered their third defeat in nine matches. The team got its first defeat after four matches. Chennai has slipped to eighth in the table with 10 points.
The goalkeepers of both teams made some excellent saves in the first half and the first half remained goalless. In the second half, Hyderabad scored four goals, raining goals.
Chennai goalkeeper Vishal Kaith, who had landed his 50th match in the ISL, had to stop the Hyderabad attack in the first minute. Vishal then failed in the 23rd minute as Mohammad Yasir’s shot prevented Hyderabad from taking the lead in the match.
Stopping the Hyderabad attacks, Chennai created a great opportunity in the 31st minute. Lalianzuala Changate of Chennai fired a brilliant shot from the left end of the box, which was saved by Hyderabad goalkeeper Laxmikant to prevent the two-time former champion from taking the lead.
The first yellow card of the match was then shown to Chennai’s Rahim Ali in the 42nd minute and then both teams were goalless in the first half.
In the second half, Hyderabad started aggressively and within three minutes scored two consecutive runs to take a strong 2–0 lead. The first goal was due to the mistake of the defense of Chennai and its goalkeeper, who have been making brilliant saves so far in the match.
In the 50th minute, goalkeeper Vishal came in to stop the ball and the Australian forward Chianese opened the Hyderabad account with an easy delivery into the net. Three minutes later, Halicharan Narjare scored from a pass found at the corner in the 53rd minute to put Hyderabad ahead 2–0.
However, shortly after this goal from Hyderabad, Chennai also made a comeback and Anirudh Thapa opened the Chennai account taking advantage of the Hyderabad goalkeeper’s mistake in the 67th minute. But Chennai were not happy for long and Hyderabad scored another goal to make the score 3–1 in their favor.
The third goal for coach Manuel Marquez’s team was scored by Brazilian midfielder João Victor on the assist of Yasir in the 74th minute. Hyderabad’s team did not stop here and scored a goal five minutes later to reduce the score to 4-1. His fourth goal for Hyderabad was scored by Narzare in the 79th minute, his second goal in the match.
The contest then moved to Injury Time, where five minutes of extra time was added and Hyderabad maintained their 4–1 lead to register their first win after a hat-trick of losses.