ISL 2020-21 highlights, HFC vs CFC: Sandaza, Chianese goals give Hyderabad FC 2-0 win over Chennaiyin FC

ISL, CFC vs HFC:Goals from Fran Sandaza and Joel Chianese give Hyderabad FC a 2-0 win over Chennaiyin FC at theTilak Maidan.

Hyderabs dplayers celebrate Chianese's goal against Chennaiyin.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Welcome to Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 blog of the Hyderabad FC vs Chennaiyin FC clash at the Tilak Maidan on Sunday.

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FULL-TIME. A much livelier second half with Chennaiyin dominating proceedings and fashioning plenty of chances. It hit the corssbar twice and missed open goal chances keeping up with the theme of the season. Hyderabad delivered the suckerpunch through Chianese's goal on the break. Hyderabd will breathe a sigh of relief as it ends a run of four successie draws to claim a win. It jumps above FC Goa and NorthEast United FC into third on the points table. ISL 2020: Points Table

90'+7' Alberg gets a yellow card.

90'+5' Chhangte from the left hooks in a cross but its out of play for a goalkick.

90'+3' Memo with a nudge on Santana as he wins the header. Foul called against him.

Five minutes of added time.

87' Tangri is booked for a cynical foul on Tavora.

84' CFC SUB: Jerry OFF, Dhanpal ON

83' GOAL! Against the run of play, Hyderabad hits on the break! Victor finds Chianese's run and the winger fires the ball from an acute angle into the corner of the net!

81' Chianese receiving som treatment. CFC SUB: Rahim OFF, Sylvestr ON

80' Chhangte races onto Isma's pass behind the defence and his cutback is blocked by Asish!

79' CHANCE! Chhangte sets up Rahim with a pass across the face of goal and he had thr simple task of hitting the target to score but he ends up slicing it wide! How on earth have Chennaiyin not scored?!

75' Drinks break taken.

74' CHANCE! From the right wing, Chhangte picks out Edwin's run into the box but he can't hit the target from close range!

73' Odei with a lunging block to stop Rahim's cross from finding Isma inside the box.

69' HFC SUB: Yasir OFF, Tavora ON

67' OFF THE BAR AGAIN! Chhangte wins the ball and lays it off for Edwin, who finds the run of Reagan on the right. Reagan's cutback across the face of goal and Fathullo smashes the ball against the crossbar from close range and comes back into play. 

66' Chennaiyin piling on the pressure inside the Hyderabsd final third. Yellow card for Santana for barging into Tangri.

63' Tangri with a superbly timed tackle inside the box on Chianese.

61' Isma drives through midfield before picking out Jerry's run with a pass to the left. The left-back's shot is straight at Kattimani.

59' Yellow card for Memo after he clatters into Santana. Strange decision by the refree to award a foul for it and also to pull back play with Chianese through on goal from the Santana knockdown.

57' HFC SUB: Hitesh OFF, Alberg ON

56' Shouts for a penalty waived off. Long ball over the top and Jerry brings it down well and is through on goal. Asish catches up but ends up bringing him down inside the box. The referee says no penalty.

52' Fathullo goes for a shot from distance after being found by Edwin but it sails over the bar.

52' HFC SUB: Sandaza OFF, Chinaese ON

51' Chennaiyin has come out a differnt side in the early minutes of the second half. Quick passing and purposeful direct running has caught Hyderabad slightly unaware.

48' OFF THE BAR! Sabia plays it into Isma and makes a run into the heart of Hyderabad's defence to get the lay off from the striker. The centreback ends up thumping the crossbar with a shot from distance!

46' CFC SUBS: Germanpreet, Thoi OFF; Edwin, Fathullo ON | HFC SUB: Liston OFF, Narzary ON

SECOND HALF

HALF-TIME. Both teams haven't had a good half but a moment of quality was enough THROUGH Sandaza was enough to give Hyderabad the lead. Hyderabad is content playing the ball along the floor, while Chennaiyin's possession has seen the ball in the air more often.

45'+3' Handball called against Isma as he looked to bring down a long ball with only Sana and Kattimani to beat.

Fran Sandaza's goal gives Hyderabad FC the lead against Chennaiyin FC.   -  ISL/Sportzpcis

 

Three minutes of added time.

44' Fiesty challenges flying on the left side of Chennaiyin's box as Tangri lunges into Yasir before the ball goes behind for a goalkick.

41' Akash Mishra is hobbling at the moment and looks to run it off.

39' Isma payed down the channel but Chinglansana dispossesses him and wins a throw in for his side.

35' Isma runs into Akash as he looks to make his way into thr HFC box and he ends up losing possession.

34' Ball over Hyderabads defence to find Jerry's run but the pass is overhit. Kattimani collects it.

30' Water break taken.

28' GOAAL! Sandaza gives Hyderabad the lead! Victor picks out the striker making an unchecked run into the Chennaiyin box and steps past Tangri before slotting it past Kaith. It was Germanpreet, who failed to track the run of Sandaza.

26' From the corner, Sabia heads it onto the path of Isma, who slices his volley off target!

26' A speculative shot from Reagan deflects behind for a corner.

24' Chennaiyin can't string together a series of passes to progress into the Hyderabad half.

22' Santana with a body check on Memo and the Brazilian receives medical attention before walking off the pitch momentarily.

21' Santana does well to play one-two passes with Sandaza to move close the Chennaiyin box but his path is cut out by three-four Chennaiyin bodies.

17' The ball from the corner bobbles in front of Santana but he can't qute get his shot away.

15' Corner for Hyderabad after Yasir wins the ball off Germanpreet inside his own half. Sandaza knocks it down and Yasir's strike deflects behind for another corner.

13' Poor pass from Isma to Chhangte as Asish's tackle ricochets the ball off the Chennaiyin player and goes out for a goalkick.

10' Germanpreet goes into the book for clattering into Yasir as Hyderabad progress the ball from defence to the final third.

7' Uneventful start thus far. Misplaced passes, overhit crosses and fouls from both sides.

4' Reagan with a foul on Sandaza as he shoves down the Spaniard.

2' Kattimani comes out to push out a cross from Jerry away from a Chennaiyin head.

1' Hyderabad kicks things off from right to left.

FIRST HALF

4.55 pm: Both teams make their way out to the middle. Chennaiyin is followed by the designated home side Hyderabad,

Hyderabad's creative midfielder Mohammed Yasir makes a return to the starting XI. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

4.50 PM: It's the match-up between the fifth and sixth placed sides. Chennaiyin can go level on points with Hyderabad if it can get a win here.

Chennaiyin will bank on Lallianzuala Chhangte to get back among the goals today. The winger has just one goal to his name this season in 14 games, while he had seven strikes from last campaign. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

4.15 PM: Two changes for Hyderabad from its draw against Bengaluru FC. Fran Sandaza, who scored his first ISL goal, is rewarded with a first start and Mohammed Yasir comes in too. Narzary and Chianese drop out. Csaba Laszlo, too, has made two changes for Chennaiyin. Enes Sipovic is suspended and Jakub Sylvestr drops to the bench. Deepak Tangri and Rahm Ali come in

4 PM: The team news is in

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

Laxmikant Kattimani; Asish Rai, Odei Onaindia, Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mishra; Joao Victor, Hitesh Sharma; Fran Sandaza, Mohammed Yasir, Liston Colaco; Aridane Santana

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

Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Memo Moura, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Deepak Tangri, Germanpreet Singh; Thoi Singh, Rahim Ali, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Esmael Goncalves

3.50 PM: Here's how the two teams could line up:

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

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

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

Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Memo Moura, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Deepak Tangri, Germanpreet Singh; Thoi Singh, Jakub Sylvestr, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Esmael Goncalves

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MATCH PREVIEW:

One look at the statistics, there is not much to separate Chennaiyin FC and Hyderabad FC. Only three-points separate the two -- Chennaiyin (16) and Hyderabad (19) with HFC (4th) placed two places above the CFC (6th) in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 table.

But the way the two teams have performed in the last few matches, it appears that Hyderabad might have the upper-hand when they face off at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Sunday.

Chennaiyin has done everything well except scoring! And the club’s coach Csaba Laszlo has been insisting on the need to score more, but things haven't worked on the pitch.

Laszlo said: “It's not just a game against a team that we are three points behind. We played really bad football against Hyderabad in the last game (losing 1-4) and we have to change this. Professional football is always about results. Sometimes we have bad days but I don't want to see them lose without heart, without will, without spirit.”

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On the other hand, Hyderabad has been in fine form with an unbeaten run of six matches, with Indian players such as Ashish Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Mohammad Yasir, Nikhil Poojary, among others proving their mettle.

For Hyderabad, a cause of concern, however, is the fact that the last four matches have ended in a draw, but head coach Manuel Marquez was clear in what the team requires.

“The team needs to score (from) the chances, that is very clear," he said. “But the most important thing is to have these clear chances. I think that it's true that the team plays good football that is attractive to people. But in football, the most important thing is the final score. I agree that we were closer to win than to lose. People may say that the draw is nothing but now we have four points more than four games ago. Now against Chennaiyin, it's a perfect opportunity for them to have the same points as our team and for our team to put distance between both teams.”

The good news for Chennaiyin fans is that Manuel Lanzarote, the replacement for Rafael Crivellaro, is out of quarantine, but Laszlo refused to put a date as to when he will play.

“It is not easy for someone who has been in quarantine for 14 days, without a training session. But I will talk to him and we will decide on whether he will be part of the (matchday) squad or not. But definitely he will not be part of the first eleven,” Laszlo said.

Chennaiyin will miss the services of central defender Enes Sipovic, who picked up his fourth yellow card of the season against Mumbai City FC in the previous game.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The seventh edition of the Indian Super League got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.

The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following the inclusion of SC East Bengal, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020-21 will be televised live at 5 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.