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Odisha down Hyderabad 3-2 in ISL

Odisha down Hyderabad 3-2 in ISL
Odisha players celebrate after their score against Hyderabad in Pune on December 11.
PUNE, DEC 11 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/11/2019 1:06:55 PM IST

Odisha FC grabbed three points for the second time in the sixth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) with a 3-2 win over Hyderabad FC at the Shri Chhatrapati Sports Complex.

Carlos Delgado (27’), Xisco Hernandez (41’) and Martin Guedes (89’) were on target for the hosts. Hyderabad nearly pulled off a late comeback but couldn’t quite get back into the game. 

The hosts were the better side in the opening minutes, but it was Hyderabad that tested a goalkeeper first. Robin Singh set Bobo up with a deft back-heel pass from the edge of the box. The Brazilian slotted it past Arshdeep Singh, but the linesman blew the whistle for a foul on Narayan Das.

The visitors then began to find their feet, but their momentum took a hit when Odisha opened the scoring against the run of play. Xisco sent a looping ball in from the corner to the centre of the six-yard box. Hyderabad custodian Kamaljit Singh completely miscued it and allowed it to run to Delgado who scored with his shoulder.

It was followed by another series of Hyderabad attacks. But a competent display from the Odisha keeper ensured the scoreline was undisturbed.

At the other end, Xisco led the charge to double his team’s lead before the break. He exchanged passes with Jerry Mawihmingthanga before getting into position to stretch his leg in the path of Jerry’s low cross and score his fourth goal of the season.

Odisha carried the momentum into the second half and created several chances in the first 15 minutes. Xisco missed an easy chance, Aridane Santana had his effort saved and Nandhakumar struck the crossbar to keep the scoreline at 2-0.

The visitors were handed a lifeline in the 65th minute when Vinit Rai handled the ball in the box to deflect Adil Khan’s shot and conceded a penalty. The midfielder saw yellow for the second time and received his marching orders. Bobo made no mistake from the spot to net his first goal of the season. Just six minutes later, a penalty-kick at the other end saw substitute Martin Perez Guedes convert after being brought down in the area by Giles Barnes.

Rohit Kumar knicked one in the death after he connected his header to Gurtej Singh’s cross and opened up the possibility for a twist in the tale. But the Odisha defence managed to prevent a third and walk away with all three points.

 

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