Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.
This was Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the pre-match buildup minute-by-minute updates of this high-voltage clash. That was all for the night. We will be back tomorrow when ATK Mohun Bagan plays Odisha FC. Thanks for tuning in and take very good care of yourselves.
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Match Report: ISL 2021-22: Hyderabad storms into first-ever semis with a 2-1 win over Kerala Blasters
Hyderabad FC 2-1 Kerala Blasters
A goal early on in the first half and another by super-sub Javier Siverio was too much for the Kerala Blasters, which tries to claw back ate with a Vincy Barretto stunner.
But HFC managed to hang in a secure the three points, which helped it enter the semifinals for the first time in its history .
90+5' GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!! Vincy Barretto scores a belter from outside the box to put one in for Kerala Blasters
HFC 2-1 KBFC
90+3' Hyderabad FC now playing the ball in the midfield with Khassa Camara controlling the defensive midifled with captain Joao Victor. The message is simple -- run the game out. The contest is won.
90+1' We are into stoppage time and Manolo Marquez's men can almost sense their position into the semifinals. What a performance tonight and what a run for the men in yellow this season so far
87' GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!!!! Super Sub Javier Siverio doubles HFC's lead with a calm finish with his head
HFC 2-0 KBFC
85' Substitution for HFC! In: Khassa Camara, Out: Bartholomew Ogbeche
83' Yellow Card! Rahul KP, the substitute brings down the HFC captain Joao Voctor and gets into the book right away
82' Ogbeche starts building another attack with a through ball along the left, but Sahil's cross is blocked away for a corner. However, the corner, taken by Sahil is too deep for Juanan who was the intended target as the ball goes out for a KBFC throw in
79' Change for Hyderabad FC as well! In: Javier Siverio, Out: Joel Chianese
78' Double Substitution for KBFC! In: Rahul KP, Vincy Barretto Out: Chencho Gyeltsen, Sahal Samad
76' As the match resumes after the break, Vazquez makes another run along the left flank after a defensive mistake by Sana. But Kattimani is there to deny the equaliser again with a regulation save
75' Time for a cooling break!
73' Vazquez gets the ball, but his header is off-target. The corner kick that follows is hit on target, but Kattimani makes a key save this time and the third time when he gets the ball is hit up high -- off target this time
72' Foul! Sahil Tavora brings down Adrian Luna and HFC concedes a free kick from a scoring position
70' Off Side! Vazquez makes a run behind Mishra and receives the long ball, trying to go for goal. However, the referee had already blown his whistle for off-side
69' Adrian Luna takes the free kick which is met by Khabra, but he is not able to have his head over the ball as the ball flies off target
68' KBFC is looking more dangerous in this half with most of the football played in the HFC half so far. Ivan Vukomanovic's men would be desperate to get the three points -- something which will be crucial to help their cause for a semifinal playoff spot
66' Double Substitution for HFC! In: Aniket Jadhav, Nikhil Poojary , Out: Yasir Mohammad, Rohit Danu
64' Chianese is trying to exploit the left flank -- somewhere KBFC has looked vulnerable in this match and then passe sit back into the midfield and the ball gets to Yasir on the other flank, who tries to go for goal form distance. But it isn't enough to beat Gill, who has looked very solid, but for the Ogbeche goal tonight
63' Hyderabad FC attacks on the counter after KBFC fails to launch a shot off the corner and it is three against two of KBFC and Victor passes the ball for Danu, but he is dispossessed by the KBFC defence.
61' Chance! Chencho gets the ball through a long ball form the midfield by Luna, but Kattimani makes a key save to deny KBFC an equaliser and concedes a corner
58' Super man Gilll! Danu makes a run into the box and goes for goal, which Gill saves and then Ogbeche goes for the ball after it falls for him. This time too, Gill saves -- the man is holding on to the Golden Glove for this very reason. What a double save!
56' Chance at the other end! Rohit Danu malkes a brilliant run after Ogbeche starts the attack, but the final shot by Danu is just wide off target. The goalkeeper, Gill, was beaten
55' Save! Chencho passes the ball to Vazquez at the edge of the box and the Spaniard dribbles the HFC defenders and goes for goal, but Kattimani makes another save
52' Off The post again! The corner kick that follows goes out for a corner at the other end. Even that is headed out by Juanan for another corner. This one taken by Luna is headed in by Khabra and the ball hits the bar -- the second time for KBFC in this match
51' Chance! Chencho is released along the left flank and Chencho runs with the ball, but fails to beat the keeper with his shot as Kattimani spreads himself to make a key save
48' No real chance in the second half, unlike the first half and if the sxcore remains like this till full time, Manolo Marquez and his team will make history tonight -- finishingh in the top four for the first time in its history
Second Half Begins!
Hyderabad FC 1-0 Kerala Blasters
An early goal by Ogbeche keeps Manolo Marquez's side in the lead midway in this tight contest. A win here will guarantee HFC a place in the top four for the first time in the club's history.
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45+1' Yellow Card! Souvik gets into the book for a rash challenge on Ayush and the play that follows sees Chencho get the ball in the box. He chests the ball, but four HFC players, including Victor surround him to block the shot and the danger is warded off
43' Vazquez tries to make a solo run, but is marked well by two HFC defenders - Sana and Juanan -- to ward off any danger and the ball is cleared away
41' Off the post! An error from Kattimani in cataching gifts KBFC a corner kick. The kick that follows is first fisted away by Kattimani, but it then falls for Chencho, who goes for goal, but the ball hits the woodwork
39' Ayush plays in the ball in the HFC box for Sahal, but Akash Mishra makes a last minute defensive run to clear the ball away, injuring himself in the process. Eventually he is back on his feet
37' Vazquez goes on the attack, makes a run along the left flank and crosses for Chencho, but this time too, Juanan, solid as a rock is there to clear the ball away.
35' Chance! Hyderabad FC tries to go on attack again. This time Danu gets the ball in front of the box, but fails to launch a shot as the score remains HFC 1-0 KBFC
33' As the game resumes after the ater break, Kerala Blasters looks to get back into shape to contain the Nigerian goalscorer and try and go on the attack when gaps arise in the HFC play
28' GOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!! Ogbeche gets the ball from Dan in the box, turns and finishes in style
HFC 1-0 KBFC
27' Adrian Luna gets ready to take the free kick and the kick hits the wall. The pass that follows from Luna is too much for Sahal and the ball goes out for a goal kick
25' Yellow Card! Juanan brings down Chencho in a bid to get the ball and gets the first yellow card of the match. The booking means he will be suspended for the next match, HFC will be desperate to walk away with three points tonight
23' Kattimani's long goal kick is chased by Chianese in the final third, but Gill gets to it first and grabs it to ward off any. There is a reason Gill is in the Golden Glove leaderboard
21' Hyderabad FC has three men at the back at the moment and KBFC will look to exploit gaps -- something it has not been able to do successfully in this match so far
19' KBFC forces the HFC defence to go high up the line and Kattiumani tries to clear the ball, which falls for Vazquez, who tries to go for a goal, similar to that against NEUFC, but Souvik marks him well and blocks the shot to end this attack
17' Off-Side! Ogbeche is delivered an aerial ball into the box from the right, but the linesman raises his flag for an offside
16' Another through ball spotted by the HFC defence as the yellow wall keeps the KBFC build-up in check and goes for attack on the other end. Danu is marked well and he passes the ball to the back
14' KBFC tries to build an attack with a diagonal long ball from the left flank to the right, but Khabra, though receiving the ball well, fails to control it and the ball goes out for a throw in
12' Chianese makes a fine run in front of the box and dribbles through two defenders, but the referee stops play as Puitea is on the ground and Manolo Marquez is furious
11' KBFC goes on attack, with a pass across the midfield and then Luna gets the ball, which is floated into the box, but Gyeltsen and Juanan go for the ball at the same time and then Juanan clears the ball away
8' The corner that follows is defended well by Chencho Gyeltsen and KBFC get a goal kick from the corner kick
7' Souvik gets the ball in the midfield and tries to go for goal from distance. The shot, however, has no force and after a deflection off Leskovic goes out for a corner
6' Danu makes a run along the left flank for Hyderabad FC, cutc in right, but his cross is delivered late and it goes out for a goal corner. The kick that follows is cleared away by the KBFC defence
4' Foul! Ayush Adhikari tries to go for the ball, but brings down Joel Chianese and HFC gets a free kick. Asish Rai takes the free kick, but though Victor gets a touch, it is not enough to deflect the ball on target
3' Long balls upfront for Hyderabad FC is cleared by Harmanjot Khabra, but the men in yellow have looked the more dangerous lot early on in the match so far.
1' Attack from the very beginning, Chianese gets the ball in front of the box from Nishu and goes for goal, but Gill saves comfortably.
7:30 pm: Kick Off!
7:25 pm: The players are out on the field with Hyderabad FC in its signature yellow kit and Kerala Blasters is out in black. The players have taken their positions for the National Anthem of India after which they will take their positions on the field.
7:15 pm: What are the coaches saying?
7:00 pm: The last time Kerala Blasters and Hyderabad FC met, Ivan Vukomanovic's men went home with three points after a 1-0 win. In case you missed it, we have you covered with the highlights.
Read it here: ISL 2021-22 KBFC 1-0 HFC Highlights
6:45 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD - Kerala Blasters and Hyderabad FC have met five times in the past and none of the matches have ended in a draw. Hyderabad has won twice, while Kerala Blasters has won thrice, including the first leg this season.
6:35 pm: Confirmed Lineups are out!
Hyderabad FC Starting XI: Laxmikant Kattimani (GK), Asish Rai, Chinglesana Singh, Juanan, Nim Dorjee, Souvik Chakraborty, Joao Victor, Yasir Mohammad, Joel Chianese, Rohit Danu, Bartholomew Ogbeche
Kerala Blasters Starting XI: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (GK), Harmanjot Khabra, Bijoy V, Marco Leskovic, Sanjiv Stalin Singh, Sahal Samad, Ayush Adhikari, Khawlhring Lalthathanga, Adrian Luna, Alvaro Vazquez, Chencho Gyeltsen
Kerala Blasters Starting XI:
6:00 pm: Here is how we think the two sides will line up tonight!
Hyderabad FC Predicted XI: Laxmikant Kattimani (GK), Asish Rai, Chinglesana Singh, Juanan, Akash Mishra, Souvik Chakraborty, Joao Victor, Nikhil Poojary, Javier Siverio, Rohit Danu, Bartholomew Ogbeche
Kerala Blasters Predicted XI: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (GK), Harmanjot Khabra, Bijoy V, Marco Leskovic, Sandeep Singh, Sahal Samad, Jeakson Singh, Khawlhring Lalthathanga, Adrian Luna, Alvaro Vazquez, Chencho Gyeltsen
Kerala Blasters was just seconds away from three points in its last match but it ended in a 2-2 draw, with Joni Kauko netting that equaliser for ATK Mohun Bagan.
That means the men from Kochi remain fourth as the battles for the semifinal slots intensify. After that close encounter, they are up against another strong rival on Tuesday at Bamoblim’s GMC Athletic Stadium, where they come face to face with table-topper Hyderabad FC, which has 32 points but has played a game more than Jamshedpur FC (31) and ATK Mohun Bagan (30).
Blasters is on 27 points. In this business end of the tournament, Ivan Vukomanovic’s boys will be looking to score every point that they could.
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And they would once again be banking on the remarkable skills of their Uruguayan midfielder Adrian Luna, who has probably been the player of the ISL thus far this season. He had scored both the goals against ATK Mohun Bagan, and both were beauties.
If there is one player that has come close to him when it comes to influencing a team’s performance, it is Hyderabad’s Bartholomew Ogbeche, the leading scorer in ISL’s history and this season.
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Coach Manolo Marquez must be hoping that the Nigerian could add on to his tally of 16 goals (from 16 games). “The season has been fantastic for Hyderabad FC,” he said. “(But) Kerala’s offensive players are brilliant.”
The Blasters coach acknowledged that Hyderabad was the best team in the competition. “I expect a tough game,” he said. “We’ll try to test something different.”
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