ISL 2020-21, CFC vs HFC highlights: Narzary stars in Hyderabad's 4-1 win over Chennaiyin

ISL 2020-21, HFC vs CFC: Hyderabad FC smashed Chennaiyin FC 4-1 at the GMC Stadium Bambolim.

Hyderabad FC celebrates a 4-1 win over Chennaiyin FC.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the ISL blog of the encounter between Chennaiyin FC and Hyderabad FC.

That's all we have for tonight. Tomorrow evening we have a tasty fixture between Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC [MATCH PREVIEW]. It's Cuadrat vs Lobera again. Until then, it's good night.

MATCH REPORT | ISL 2020-21: Narzary's double strike for Hyderabad FC punishes Chennaiyin FC

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HFC coach Manolo Marquez: "Yes, finally we can be happy. I think the team played a very good game. First half we failed with very good chances. After the first goal, Chennaiyin had to risk and we took advantage with the chances and space we had at their back. [On having all foreigners available] You want to have the best players available. Previously, Fran was out with injury, so was Sastre and Joel. Indian players level was fantastic in the start of the tournament. Now in the last 3 games, they are tired. Let's see now with Fran's injury. We wanted to give some rest with Aridane but Fran got injured. [On new signing and problem of selection] I welcome this problem. All coaches want that problem. But you know that today was the first game. We now have to play 11 games in 2 months. If we can manage that situation we will be fantastic. I hope the Indian players continue playing too."

CFC coach Csaba Laszlo: "Even first half was not good. It could have been 3-0 for HFC. I must be honest it wasn't a good football game by my team. This game we lost the midfield completely. We didn't create one chance. I try to defend my team but today it was very, very bad performance by everyone. If it hadn't been for Vishal, it would have been 6-7 goals. I want to talk about reality. We missed Rafael and our offence today was not good. [On how he will deal with Crivelaro's absence] I tried today to have midfield with Deepak, Chhangte and Memo. They can play well but there was not enough creativity and final passes. We don't play different football but we lacked ideas and innovation. I have to think about how I rebuild again without Rafa for next game."

Narzary on the post match show: "It was a big win for us considering we had lost three games this season. He asked us to be patient and told us that chances would come ad to work hard."

Post match quotes coming up...

Hyderabad has bounced back from its three successive losses with a big win which takes it to sixth on the table. Chennaiyin drops into eighth after its third defeat of the season.

Full-time numbers

 CFC           -             HFC

   13        Shots         16

   3      On Target      11

   7      Corners          2

  10       Fouls           9

 51%  Possession   49%

FULL-TIME. What a comprehensive win for Hyderabad FC! First goal for Hyderabad came off a mistake at the back for Chennaiyin but the designate home side collapsed at the back there on in. Hyderabad had too much incisiveness and pace in its side than Chennaiyin. Chennaiyin missed its skipepr Rafael Crivellaro. Narzary scored two superb goals with his left foot. Chennaiyin players form a huddle in the middle of the park with Sipovic leading a team talk.

90'+5' Colaco plays the ball into Hitesh, who goes down inside the box after being brought down by Memo

Sipovic playing as a striker... Sums up Chennaiyin's night.

90'+1' A shot in anger by Edwin from distance. He ends up blazing it over goal.

Five minutes of added time.

89' Yellow card for Memo for hacking down Asish.

86' Yellow card for Chhangte after a lunging tackle on Santana.

86' HFC SUBS: Yasir, Narzary OFF; Adil, Hitesh ON

85' Kattimani comes out to punch a cross from Sipovic and makes a hash out of it but no CFC player is on hand to capitalise.

Chennaiyin need to be wary of not chasing this game too much and expose itself at the back. Sipovic isn't at his 100 per cent and Dhanpal isn't the most mobile players on the pitch.

81' HFC SUB: Sandaza OFF, Colaco ON

Sandaza is immediately going off. Looks like a hamstring injury.

79' GOAL! CFC 1-4 HFC! Narzary! Hyderabad punish Chennaiyin on the break. From the corner, Hyderabad breaks forward and Sandaza releases Narzary on the right. He runs through on goal and cuts inside and slots it past Kaith.

78' Chhangte with some individual brilliance on the left to get away from Asish but his pass is cut out for a corner.

74' GOAL! CFC 1-3 HFC. Victor! What a strike! Victor plays in a superb reverse pass to release Sandaza, whose shot draws a save out of Kaith. Yasir picks up the loose ball and squares it for Victor, who sidefoots in a superb shot into the top corner of the net.

74' CFC SUBS: Thapa, Tangri OFF; Isma, Dhanpal ON

72' HFC SUB: Chianese OFF, Sandaza OFF

70' Thapa runs into the box with he ball at his feet but he is closed down by Odei with a superb interception.

67' GOAL! CFC 1-2 HFC. Thapa! Another goalkeeping error this time at Hyderabad's end. Reagan plays in a low cross across the face of goal where Kattimani knocks it into the path of Thapa. Thapa didn;t have to do much but get a touch on the ball as it rolled into the corner of the net.

64' Thapa squares the ball outside the box for Edwin, but he can't quote get the ball out of his feet. His shot from distance flies over the bar.

62' Yasir with a superb outside of the boot pass to put Santana through on goal but the striker is closed down. Tangri gives the ball away in his own box and Narzary plays in a cross which Santana heads wide.

61' CFC SUB: Jerry OFF, Edwin ON. Memo moves into the left back role.

57' That was an opening for Chennaiyin. Rahim races on to a long ball but he takes one too many touches and fails to sort his feet out, which allows Odei to clear the ball away.

54' CFC SUB: Sylvestr OFF, Fatkhulo ON

53' GOAL! CFC 0-2 HFC. Narzary! Chennaiyin is all over the place at the back. From the corner, Santana draws a save out of Kaith, who parrys the ball to the left where Narzary fires it into the roof of the net! 

50' GOAL! CFC 0-1 HFC. Chianese! A goal out of nothing for Hyderabad. A long ball onto the edge of the Chennaiyin box where Sabia's clearance hits Chianese and rolls onto his path but Kaith is off his line. Chianese goes on to roll the ball into the net.

49' Asish concedes a corner after being put under pressure by Chhangte. Too much on the cross from Thapa and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.

47' Chance for Chennaiyin from Thapa's freekick. Memo takes a shot from close range but Victor makes a crucial block in front of his goal.

46' Second period gets underway. HFC SUB: Souvik OFF, Luis Sastre ON


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Half-time. Phew. This half has had everything but goals. Both teams will feel they should have scored in the opening period. Hyderabad in particular had the better chances but Vishal Kaith has made three superb saves, all against Chianese. Chennaiyin is clearly missing the creativity of skipper Rafael Crivellaro.

Kaith makes a crucial save against Chianese in the first half. - ISL/Sportzpics


Two minutes of added time.

44' How has Hyderabad not scored?! Too much freedom allowed for Yasir to cut inside and play a reverse pass for Asish. Asish's cross from the right falls onto the path of Chinaese, but Kaith is there to thwart him again despite sprawling on the floor. Then the loose ball breaks to Asish, whose left-footed shot clips the upright!

42' Rahim Ali goes into the book for a foul on Souvik.

40' Thapa with a freekick from the left and Memo's header is straight into the hands of Kattimani.

38' Sensational from Yasir! He gets away from three Chennaiyin markers with superb close control and strength to release Chianese with a clipped ball over the top behind Chennaiyin's defence. But Chianese takes one too many touch and ends up having his opening closed down.

37' Yasir comes in fro the right and unleashes a shot which goes wide.

34' Chhangte is at it again.. He runs down the left byline but the ball is cut off before he could make the pass. But the winger appeals to the referee. Was there a handball?

31' Drinks break taken.

30' Chance for Chennaiyin... Chhangte is released down on the left and he cuts inside to take a shot which is blocked by Kattimani! The winger did everything right but the finish there. Story of his season...

29' This game is played a some speed... Kattimani comes out of his box to head away a long ball played to find Thapa's run. After a period of Hyderabad's quick passing play in the Chennaiyin half, it's now the turn of Chennaiyin.

26' Chennaiyin wins a corner after the ball deflects off Asish and goes behind goal. Crucially header by Odei on the face of goal to knock it away from his box.

23' Oh dear.. Yasir swings in a dangerous cross into the box which Kaith comes out to collect but he ends up spilling it onto the path of Chianese but he is spared of further embarrassment by blocking Chianese's follow-up shot.

20' Reagan releases Thapa on the right and the midfielder fires in a high cross into the six yard box where Sylvestr can't keep his header on target.

17' Chennaiyin on the break through Chhangte, but they end up overplay it with too many passes and loses momentum in that move.

13' Thapa with a freekick for CHennaiyin into the Hyderabad box which bounces onto the path of Sabia, whose left-footed volley flies wide of the far post.

11' Freekick from the right for Hyderabad. Yasir with a superb ball into the far post where Odei fails to get his header on target from close range. Another big chance for Hyderabad.

10' Chianese on the break from the left and goes centrally but he doesn't release it to the free men on either side and has the path cut out by Sabia.

9' Excellent block by Odei to cut out the cross from Thapa, who was in space on the right.

7' Foul on Jerry on the left side by Yasir.

Tangri is okay to continue now.

4' Clash of heads between Santana and Tangri. Tangri seems to have come off worst from that.

3' Memo does well to win a corner on the left side. Sipovic faisl to get Jerry's corner wide

1' Kick off and Hyderabad nearly score within 30 seconds! Akash Mishra drives forward from the left and his pass his cut out befor it reaches Chianese. A clearance form Odei is headed on to the path of Chianese, whose shot is thwarted by Kaith.


7.24 pm: Both teams make their way out to the middle. Chennaiyin line-up in blue, while Hyderabad will play in its yellow home kit.

Synchronised in running but will they be synchronised in attack for Chennaiyin? Sylvestr, Rahim and Chhangte will be key for Chennaiyin today.- ISL/Sportzpics


7.10 pm: Hyderabad has scored six of its seven goals so far in the second half.  The club has taken the second-highest number of shots (72) for a team in the second half this season. Chennaiyin, on the other hand, has scored just twice in the second half in the ongoing campaign.

Joel Chianese will make his second successive start since his 45-minute appearance in the defeat to FC Goa. - ISL/Sportzpics


7 pm: Chennaiyin has had 182 touches in the opposition box after MatchDay9, the most for a team in this campaign.

Csaba Laszlo and his white shirt are here at the GMC... - ISL/Sportzpics


6.50 pm: Hyderabad has conceded just 67 shots, the lowest in the league. However, it has conceded six goals in its last three games.

Big game for Sylvestr in the absence of Crivellaro. He has done everything right this season but score after having missed some big chances. Will he add to his tally of one goal today? - ISL/Sportzpics


6.40 pm: Chennaiyin has scored only seven goals in eight matches but has created 93 chances, joint-most by a team this season. The side also has the most shots per match by a team (14.6), having attempted 117 shots. However, it has a poor goal conversion rate of 5.98.

6.35 pm: One change for Chennaiyin. Deepak Tangri comes in place for the injured Rafael Crivellaro. Hyderabad, too, has made just one change from the defeat to FC Goa. Mohmmaed Yasir replaces Hitesh Sharma.

6.30 pm: The team news is in...

Chennaiyin FC XI (4-2-3-1)

Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Enes Sipovic, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Deepak Tangri, Memo Moura; Rahim Ali, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Jakub Sylvestr

Hyderabad FC XI (4-2-3-1)

Laxmikant Kattimani; Asish Rai, Odei Onaindia, Chinglensena Singh, Akash Mishra; Joao Victor, Souvik Chakrabarti; Joel Chianese, Mohammed Yasir, Halicharan Narzary; Aridane Santana

It's not been a great season in what has been an injury plagued campaign for the Indian international Adil Khan. He has featured in just 27 minutes from three matches so far. Will he get his first start today? - ISL/Sportzpics


6.15 pm: FORM GUIDE: Chennaiyin: L, D, W, D, D ; Hyderabad: D, W, L, L, L

6.05 pm: Here's how the two teams could line-up:

Chennaiyin FC predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Enes Sipovic, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Deepak Tangri, Memo Moura; Rahim Ali, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Jakub Sylvestr

Hyderabad FC predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Subrata Pal; Asish Rai, Odei Onaindia, Chinglensena Singh, Akash Mishra; Joao Victor, Luis Sastre, Joel Chianese, Mohammed Yasir, Halicharan Narzary; Aridane Santana

5:50 PM: Key Numbers: CFC VS HFC

Goals Scored:  CFC - HFC - 7

Goals Conceded: CFC - 7  HFC - 10

Cleansheets: CFC - HFC - 2

Top scorers: Rahil Ali (CFC) - 2, Aridane Santana (HFC) - 5

Standings: CFC - 10 (7th)    HFC - 9 (8th)

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Chennaiyin FC (CFC) and Hyderabad FC (HFC) have not had the best of results in the last few outings of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL). While Chennaiyin has had two draws: a 2-2 result with East Bengal and a goalless one with ATK Mohun Bagan, Hyderabad had lost three consecutive matches: to Mumbai (0-2), Kerala Blasters (0-2) and FC Goa (1-2). When they clash at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim Stadium in Goa on Monday, the teams would be more than eager to bag full three points.

The new year, the clubs believe, will provide positive tidings.

Chennaiyin has been guilty of not being able to score despite taking more shots at the target than most of its rival sides. Csaba Laszlo, the club’s head coach, however, expressed confidence that his team can turn things around. “Hopefully we can create the same amount of chances [like in earlier matches] we can score even more goals. I think to create chances is more difficult than to score in football. For us, it has been the other way around. I am really confident the boys will score. I am pleased with the way the boys are responding,” he said.

Hyderabad started as an unknown entity but played well with Indian players showing its potential. Now, the pressure is on Hyderabad as it has lost three matches on the trot and its head coach Manuel Marquez knows that the team can still sort things and come out with a better result.

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He argued that in the league only Mumbai City FC, which has been outstanding so far, looks likely to be assured of a play-offs place while among the rest, every team has a good chance to make it to the top 4.

“This moment, I think only Mumbai City has made it to the top four. ATK Mohun Bagan is a strong team especially in the second line of defence. [Against] all the other teams, you have an equal chance to win or lose. Moreover, if you look at the statistics we have been the team that has given the [opposition teams] the least number of chances to score."

He also admitted that the team depends more on striker Aridane Santana and that other players will have to score for the team to progress further.

Csaba revealed that captain Rafael Crivellaro would be a doubtful starter for the match after the ankle injury he sustained in the last match against ATK Mohun Bagan.


CHENNAIYIN FC: Karanjit Singh, Vishal Kaith, Revanth BY, Samik Mitra, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Enes Sipovic, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Reagan Singh, Deepak Tangri, Aqib Nawab, Remi Aimol, Ganesan Balaji, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rafael Crivellaro, Memo Moura, Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev, Edwin Vanspaul, Thoi Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Germanpreet Singh, Abhijit Sarkar, Sinivasan Pandiyan, Aman Chetri, Esmael Goncalves, Jakub Sylvestr, Rahim Ali

HYDERABAD FC: Subrata Paul, Laxmikant Kattimani, Manas Dubey, Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Chinglensana Singh, Odei Onaindia, Dimple Bhagat, Nikhil Prabhu, Sahil Panwar, Akash Mishra, Kynsailang Khongsit, Asish Rai, Adil Khan, Halicharan Narzary, Joao Victor, Laldanmawia Ralte, Lluis Sastre, Hitesh Sharma, Abhishek Halder, Sahil Tavora, Mark Zothanpuia, Mohamed Yasir, Nikhil Poojary, Souvik Chakrabarti, Sweden Fernandes, Aridane Santana, Fran Sandaza, Joel Chianese, Liston Colaco, Ishan Dey, Lalawmpuia, Rohit Danu

ISL 2020 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.