Follow the highlights from the Indian Super League match between Hyderabad FC and Bengaluru FC, being played at the GMC Balayogi Stadium, Hyderabad.
Hyderabad FC goes on top of the points table with this crucial 1-0 win over Bengaluru FC. The Yellow Shirts now have seven points in three games. Bartholomew Ogbeche receives the Hero Man of the Match Award for scoring the winning goal. When the first half could not separate both sides, the second half saw HFC coming up with more attacks. In most of the cases, Bengaluru FC’s attacks got foiled by HFC defenders. BFC remains in the fourth position with four points in three matches. With this win, HFC extended its unbeaten run against BFC to five matches.
Hyderabad FC wins it on Bartholomew Ogbeche’s goal. A hard-fought game, but the Nigerian’s last-minute effort is enough for HFC to keep its unbeaten run in ISL 2022-23 intact.
Four minutes have been added on at the end of the second half.
A couple of last-minute changes by HFC. Coach Manolo Marquez pulls out Yasir. Abdul comes onto the pitch in his place and Aaren D’Silva replaces Narzary.
Jovanovic goes off the pitch. Udanta Singh replaces him.
Yellow card for Javi and Joao Victor. Free-kick for BFC. Chhetri takes the free-kick, but it is easily saved by Kattimani.
HFC takes the lead. It is OGBECHE who scores. The stalemate is finally broken. Borja Herrera’s corner swings into BFC box. Gurpreet tries to push it away, but the Nigerian again finds himself unmarked and scores in the rebound. HFC 1-0 BFC
Sahil Tavora finds himself outside the box. He receives an incisive pass from Ogbeche. Tavora attempts a curling shot, but Gurpreet saves it. HFC is making more attempts now to breach the deadlock in the match.
Prabir Das replaces Bhutia, and Rohit Kumar replaces Jayesh Ranae. HFC brings in Tavora and Borja to replace Hitesh and Siverio.
Free-kick for HFC. Roshan intercepts Ogbeche, who goes down just outside the BFC box. Siverio and Joao Victor have a quick chat in the middle. It is Siverio who takes the free-kick. It deflects after getting hit on the defensive wall formed by BFC players. Victor goes in attack, snapping the ball. His shot is punched away by Gurpreet.
Sivasakthi goes off the pitch, and Leon Augustine comes onto the pitch.
Super save by Gurpreet! Siverio receives an incisive cross from Bruno. But the Spaniard’s header goes direct into Gurpreet’s way. He punches it away.
Chance for HFC! Joao Victor taps a pass and pushes it to Narzary, who finds himself in the box. Narzary takes a fierce grounded shot. It goes wide and out.
BFC is on the attack! Javi receives a bouncing ball and attempts a volley, but no damage. Kattimani punches out.
Ogbeche finds himself unmarked a few yards away from the BFC box. He decides to take a long-ranger. But no result. His shot goes out of play.
Goal-kick for BFC! A tussle between Roshan and Joao Victor in the midfield leads to a free-kick for HFC. Roshan’s shot is cleared by BFC. In the rebound, Narzary attempts a longe ranger which goes out. Gurpreet takes a goal-kick.
Corner kick for HFC! Hitesh and Jhingan fight for the ball just outside the box on the right flank. The ball goes out of play. Hitesh takes the kick, and BFC clears the danger.
Second half begins
The first half ends, and both Hyderabad FC and Bengaluru’s efforts to find the back of the net go in vain in the attacking third as defenders keep the strikers of either side in check. HFC 0-0 BFC
One minute has been added on at the end of the first half.
Chance for HFC! Mohammad Yasir sends a cross into the BFC box for Siverio but the Spaniard’s shot misses the target. HFC 0-0 BFC
HFC striker Siverio rushes down the BFC box to attempt a shot, but defender Jhingan intercepts at the right time and clears the danger.
Chance for BFC! Chhetri’s cross finds Javi in the HFC box. He passes it to Sivasakthi, who fails to take control of the ball and goes down. HFC clears the danger.
Chance for HFC! Narzary is in the BFC box. He receives a pass from the right flank and takes a shot. Jayesh Rane intercepts. The ball goes wide over the crossbar.
CHANCE for BFC! Sivasakthi finds a through pass down the right by Bhutia. The striker back passes it to Javi, who plays a pass with Siva to strike on the volley but it is wide.
Free-kick for BFC! Javi Hernandez goes down after being challenged by Aakash Mishra. Both sides are jostling for the ball on the right flank. No chance. The ball goes out of play.
Corner kick for BFC! Kattimani makes a stunning save. Aakash Mishra goes down while attempting a header. HFC goes on a counter-attack. Narzary is in the BFC box jostling for the ball with Bhutia. The ball goes out of play.
Corner kick for HFC! Mohammed Yasir takes the kick, but no HFC players are at the far post. BFC clears the danger.
Throw in for HFC! BFC takes control of the play. Both sides jostle for the ball. Counter-attacking game by HFC and BFC. But no chance is created by them.
Chance for HFC! Cross from Halicharan Narzary, but Bartholomew Ogbeche misses it. The ball goes out of play, throw-in for BFC.
Hyderabad FC kicks off the game. HFC dons its yellow and black home kits, and Bengaluru FC in its white away kits.
Lively GMC Balayogi Stadium welcomes HFC and BFC players. BFC captain Sunil Chhetri and HFC captain Joao Victor exchange their respective club emblems and complete the formality, posing for a photograph with the match officials.
Hyderabad FC is currently in the third position on the ISL 2022-23 points table, followed by Bengaluru FC. Both sides have won one match each, but HFC has a better goal record than BFC heading into Match Day 3 of the season.
HFC: Kattimani (goal), Sana, Joao Victor, Yasir, Odei, Hitesh, Narzary, Ogbeche, Poojary, Mishra, Siverio
BFC: Gurpreet (goal), Jhingan, Jovanovic, Alan, Bhutia, Roshan, Bruno, Jayesh, Javi, Chhetri, Sivasakthi
Defending champion Hyderabad FC will look for its first win at home after playing out a 3-3 draw against Mumbai City FC in its opening match of ISL 2022-23. HFC won its second match 3-0 in an away clash against NorthEast United. Bengaluru FC, meanwhile, opened its campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Chennaiyin FC. In its second outing, BFC had to toil hard for a 1-0 win against NorthEast United.
Hyderabad FC and Bengaluru FC played seven matches against each other, with both teams winning two each, while the remaining four matches ended in a draw.
Defending champion Hyderabad FC will play its first home game after the pandemic when it takes on Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the GMC Balayogi Stadium here on Saturday.
With a decent crowd expected for the week-end clash, HFC is keen to sustain the momentum after an impressive 3-0 win over NorthEast United in the second game (the first match against Mumbai City FC was a 3-3 draw). Both the teams, with a win and a draw each, have four points from two matches.
At the pre-match briefing, HFC head coach Manolo Marquez was quick to stress that BFC, which had knocked out HFC in the recent Durand Cup, would be a formidable challenge given the style of aggressive play they adopt straight away.
Though HFC is pleased with the defenders’ show in the last game, it will be looking for an all-round improvement given the fact that BFC has some of the best players in the League itself including the great Sunil Chhetri.
The combination of captain Joao Victor, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Halicharan Narzary, Javier Siverio and Borja Herrera upfront with support from winger Mohammed Yasir will hold the key to the fortunes of the home team.
BFC head coach Simon Grayson said his team was a good blend of experience and young talent.
Foreign recruits Aleksandar Jovanovic and Alan Costa, midfielder Bruno Ramires, Javi Hernandez along with strikers Prince Ibara and Roy Krishna joined by Chhetri could well test the best of the defences on their day. Sivasakthi Narayanan, who was the top-scorer in the Durand Cup with five goals, can be a dangerous customer too.