ISL 2020-21 highlights, HFC vs KBFC: Santana, Sandaza score in Hyderabad FC's 4-0 win

ISL 2020-21, KBFC vs HFC: Goals from Fran Sandaza, Aridane Santana and Joao Victor gave Hyderabad FC a 4-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC at the Tilak Maidan.

Fran Sandaza celebrates scoring for Hyderabad against Kerala.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

This is Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 match blog of the encounter between Hyderabad FC and Kerala Blasters which will be played at the Tilak Maidan on Tuesday.

Thst's all we have for the night. We will be back tomorrow with FC Goa and Odisha FC. Until then, it's good night.

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Manolo Marquez "In first half, we didnt play good football. It was equal game and Kerala played better. If you are in the positions we are in, the first goal is important. We were comfortable after and we scored more. Practically, we are sure in top five but we need one number less (laughs). [Chianese central, Santana to right switch] As you say, it was key. In some minutes of first half, we played without right winger and Joel behind striker because too much distance between mdifielders. Sometimes you have good luck with decisions and that was very important. I think Joel created problems for Kerala. [On Hitesh Sharma] He undertands the game very good and what to do well. He came into the team after 2-3 games. He was not 100 % and 60-65 minutes wa enoguh for him. Another young player HFC can be proud of. I think the five teams in top five deserve to be in top four but one will ahve to miss out."

Kibu Vicuna "I think match was even and we had the best two hances in first half. We competed very well and again we concede two easy goals. Unfortunately, that's how its been this whole season and we couldn't come back in the match. [Rahul's demotion to bench] Yes, he had an injury after the last match. He wasnt able to play 90 minutes. We thought he could play last 30 minutes. I think team competed well and it was importnat to score the first goal today. There was a possible penalty in HFC box by their player. [What to expect restof season?] After tongiht's game we have no chance of making top 4. We are going to play the best way possible. I am very happy with training this week but question of details. We havent been solid defensively but its not enough with the work we do. Club has to prepare best as possible for next seaspn. [What can Kerala fans expect next season and will you come back?] For me it's frustrating this season. We were working hard in the first half of season not with our best team. We did team and tactical talks over internet. Very short pre-season but it was well. We didnt start season well since then we have not been consistent."

Post match comments coming up..

What a win for Hyderabad FC as it moves into third position with two games left to play. After a goalless first half, Hyderabad profoted from poor, poor Kerala Blasters defending by centre-backs Bakary Kone and Costa Nhamoinesu. Fran Sandaza struck twice, skipper Aridane Santana and Joao Victor with the goals. Blasters have now conceded the most goals (33) this season. The one sorrow sight on the night for Hyderabad was Asish's injury, which could prove to be criticial to the team's chances this season. ISL 2020: Points Table

FULL-TIME.

90'+5' Sastre curls into the bottom corner but Gomes does well to push it away.

90'+4' Juande now brings down Liston on the edge of his box and the referee gives a fee-kick.

90'+4' Liston released down the left by Santana and he hooks in a cross to find the skipper at the far post but its a little over his head.

90'+1' Oh my word! It's another goal!  Sastre with the ball and Santana heads it across goal where Joao Victor nods it past Albino. Again no marking... Costa caught napping.

90'+1' Dejaa vu! Costa with another elbow on the back of Santana in the same postion!

FIVE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

90' Ball into the box but it's too long for Murray to chase it down.

86' GOAL! Santana gets his goal! Sastre with an outswinging free-kick into the six-yard area and Santana with a powerful header into the net. Where was the marking???

85' Kone hacks down Santana and the Kerala skipper is not happy with Santana's reaction. He is lucky to escape a second yellow.

83' HFC SUB: Halicharan OFF, Tavora ON ; KBFC SUB: Prasanth OFF, Ritwik ON

81' Odei wins a corner down the left side. Albino catches the ball from the corner.

79' Costa is booked after he elbows Santana from the back as they challenge for a header.

77' Drinks break is taken.

76' Vicente is over it. He plays in Adhikari with a deceptive reverse pass but Chianese reads it and cuts it out.

75' Santana gives away a foul on the edge of Hyderabad's box after catching Murray's foot.

73' KBFC SUB: Hooper OFF, Adhikari ON

72' The injury for Asish looks bad as he is helped on to the stretcher with his right knee being strapped up.

70' HFC SUB: Asish OFF, Poojari ON

68' Liston with time and space to measure his cross into the box to the back post but Juande does well to cut out the cross ahead of Santana. Asish receives some reatment after Denechandra's tackle on him. Denechandra is booked.

64' HFC SUBS: Sandaza, Hitesh OFF; Sastre, Liston ON KBFC SUBS: Seityasen, Kone off;Juande, Rahul ON

63' GOAL! Sandaza scores his second with a panenka! Gomes dives the wrong way.

62' PENALTY! Kone again with the mistake. He leaves Gomes short with a poor back pass and the 'keeper sticks out his leg to bring down Sandaza. Referee points to the spot and it's also a a yellow card.

61' Givson wins the ball from Sana and Murray fires the ball in from distance but it goes wide of the far post.

58' GOAL! Hyderabad takes the lead through Sandaza! Kone's first touch just outside his box is poor and Chianese pounces on it to win it off the defender. Then the Aussie puts Costa under pressure and the ball breaks kindly for Sandaza to slot it into an open goal!  

54' Both teams are struggling to carve out chances at the moment when contended with the high press.

51' Asish's first cross is cut out and he gets on the second ball again but Givson does well to force him out of play.

47' CHANCE! Santana with a ball into the box which Kone fails to deal with and tha allows Chianese with a one-vs-one chance on goal but the Aussie blasts it over the bar.

46' Blasters get the second half underway. KBFC SUB: Rohit OFF, Givson ON

SECOND HALF

Hyderabad has dominated possession (57%) but hasn't been at its fluent best. The best chance came Santana's way when he headed it over the bar from inside the box from a cross by Victor. Blasters had joy on the break but thir final ball has been lacking from crosses.

HALF-TIME.

45'+1' Albino does well to come off his line to catch the ball ahead of Sandaza.

Three minutes of added time.

45' Sandeep Singh gets a yellow card.

42' Well worked move by Hyderabad through the right by some intricate play but they aren't able to find the final pass through to their attackers.

41' Gomez goes down once again. Seems to have hurt his head again while going up for a header. He is off the field.

39' Mistake for Hyderabad at the back and Kattimani is off his line. Prasanth looks to chip the 'keeper and its not high enough, Kattimani manages to make the save.

38' Hooper makes a sueprb run through the middle and into the box but Mishra gets back to cut out his cross.

36' Hooper and Sandeep work well on the right with the former releasing the right-back down the channel. Sandeep doesn't get enough power on his cross and Murray can't get on the end of it.

34' Hyderabad on the break through Chianese and plays in Asish on the right. But the right-back's cross is too high for Santana. Hali picks up the loose ball on the left and his cross is also a little over the head of Santana.

31' Water break is taken.

29' Murray does well to chest down the ball for Hooper on the edge of the box. The striker takes a touch to set himself up and drives it low on goal but Kattimani pushes it away.

29' Good build up by Rohit with a run through the middle before releasing Prasanth on the right. The winger swings in a cross but its missed Murray in the middle but there are no runenrs at the far end to take advantage of it.

27' Kattimani shows Albino how its done. He comes out of the box with a flying header to clear a long ball ahead of Murray.

25' Murray clatters into a broadcast equipment on the sidelines while challenging Chianese for the ball. He seems to have hurt his ankle in the process.

22' From the throw in, Victor swings in a cross into the box where Santana's powerful header is a meter over the bar.

21' Nearly a calamitous momen for Kerala. Albino comes out of the box and fails to get the right connection on his clearance. But lucikly for him, Costa cleared it out of danger before Sandaza could ge his shot away.

16' Gomez goes down clutching his face after his teammate Kone clatters onto his head while jumping for a header. Play paused.

15' A series of fouls in succession called against both teams. Stop-start action in the last 5 minutes.

13' Murray finds Prasanth on the right and the winger's cross is headed behind for a corner.

8' Mishra nicks the ball in midfield and drives forward in attack but his through ball to release Prasanth is cut out by Costa.

5' The initial corner was cleared from the box before Murray headed it back into the box where Costa came close to get his head on to it. Blasters felt he was impeded during his jump by Sana, referee says no penalty.

4' Sandeep with a cross from the right and it's cleared behind for a corner.

3' Eventful start to the game with both teams pressing each other high up the pitch.

1' Hyderabad gets the match underway. It plays from right to left.

FIRST HALF

7.24 PM: Both teams make their way out to the middle. Blasters will line-up in blue as they are the designated side.

7.20 PM: Hyderabad FC co-owner Varun Tripuraneni shares his thoughts on different subjects related to the ongoing campaign. READ

6.45 PM: Two changes for Hyderabad. Luis Sastre and Liston Colaco make way for Hitesh Sharma and Fran Sandaza.

Left-back Akash Mishra has been an ever-present fixture and a consistent performer in the Hyderabad side in what is his first season in the ISL. He is making his 18th start of the season. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

6.40 PM: 4 changes for Kerala Blasters from its 2-2 draw against Odisha FC. Sahal, Rahul KP, Jeakson Singh, Juande - OUT. Rohit, Prasanth, Bakaray Kone, Seityasen - IN. No Sahal and Jeakson in the matchday squad.

6.30 PM: The team news is in

Hyderabad FC XI (4-4-2)

Laxmikant Kattimani; Chinglensana Singh, Odei Onaindia, Akash Mishra, Asish Rai; Halicharan Narzary, Hitesh Sharma, Joao Victor, Joel Chianese; Aridane Santana, Fran Sandaza

Kerala Blasters XI (4-2-3-1)

Albino Gomes; Sandeep Singh, Costa Nhamoinesu, Bakaray Kone, Yondrembem Denechandra; Rohit Kumar, Vicente Gomez; Prasanth K, Gary Hooper, Seityasen Singh; Jordan Murray

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Hyderabad FC predicted XI (4-4-2)

Laxmikant Kattimani; Chinglensana Singh, Odei Onaindia, Akash Mishra, Asish Rai; Halicharan Narzary, Hitesh Sharma, Joao Victor, Lluis Sastre; Aridane Santana, Fran Sandaza

Kerala Blasters predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Albino Gomes; Sandeep Singh, Costa Nhamoinesu, Jeakson Singh, Jessel Carneiro; Juande, Vicente Gomez; Rahul KP, Gary Hooper, Sahal Abdul Samad; Jordan Murray

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MATCH PREVIEW:

The battle is heating up for the last two playoff slots in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21). One of the contenders is Hyderabad FC, which faces Kerala Blasters at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama (Goa), on Tuesday.

The men from Kochi could perhaps afford to play in a relatively calmer frame of mind; they are no longer in the race for the top-four finish. They, in fact, are lying second from the bottom, with 16 points from 17 matches.

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Hyderabad, with 24 points, is placed fifth and a win will take the team to third and closer to qualification. It has to come up with an improved display to get that win, though, after drawing six of its last seven games.

Coach Manuel Marquez feels nothing can be taken for granted despite being placed third in the table.

“All the other teams, from Kerala, who are second from the bottom, till the top positions, can climb positions in the table,” he said. “We will play with Kerala with our style. We will not change that because (we need to win).

“We are nine games unbeaten but six of them are draws. We have to continue in the same vein and try to win the game because our season has been fantastic. We want to be in the top four,” he said.

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His counterpart, Kibu Vicuna said Blasters needed to find the right balance between attack and defence.

“In most of our games, we have been creating more chances than the opponents but we are not getting the points,” he said. “We have to improve this aspect. We are working and analysing our mistakes. We are trying to have a more positive percentage in the relation between creating chances and scoring goals,” he added.

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