ISL 2020-21 HFC vs SCEB Highlights: Santana brace powers Hyderabad past SC East Bengal

ISL 2020-21, SCEB vs HFC: Hyderabad FC (HFC) came back from a goal down to beat SC East Bengal (SCEB) 3-2 in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Miadan on Tuesday.

Aridane Santana

Hyderabad FC's Aridane Santana celebrates after scoring his second goal against SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

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Match report: ISL 2020-21: Santana, Colaco star in Hyderabad's win over SC East Bengal

Podcast: Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad review the ups and downs of matchweek 3 of the Indian Super League on The Full Time Show.

Hyderbad FC coach Manolo Marquez: "I think we suffered too much in the last minutes. We needed to control the game better after we took a 3-1 lead. When Aaron [Holloway] came on we had a lot of problems. We put some young players in for the last few minutes and had a lot of nervous moments."

Speaking about Liston Colaco, who came on as a second half substitute and was instrumental in all three goals, Marquez said, "I know that he is a very important player for us. But you know how injuries are. We have to be careful with the injuries because we have only three foreigners. Liston is very important but maybe he is at his best when the other team is tired. I think he is very powerful. If you remember, in our first game against Odisha FC, he entered in the 60th minute and was very important for the win."

When asked about his thoughts on his side's attack, he said, "I think we need to arrive with more players into the box. If I have any criticism for my side, it has to be this. We keep the ball well and the defenders are organised but we arrive with more players in the box. Sometimes only Aridane [Santana] is in the box. We improved when Liston came on. We have young players and it is not easy."

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SC East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler: "I don't know actually know where to start. We come on here and say the same things over and over again. I think our players need to concentrate a little bit more and concentrate for the full 90 minutes.

We’re trying hard but we were just not good enough, it’s as simple as that. We can make excuses yes of course but there are reasons. We had two and a half weeks with a team that was gauged for the I-League. A lot of our players are struggling now in the ISL. That’s what we are all seeing.  We train well but some players don't do as well when we play the matches. I don’t really know what else to do. We give them everything and we are here for them but performance wise in games it hasn’t been good enough. Ultimately the recruitment has not been kind to us. "

Talking about his squad rotation, he said: "It is what it is, this is the squad we have. Every game we play we mix and match and try to give everyone a chance and a start. People can throw whatever they want at me but I pick a team based on what I see in training.

"It is what it is, we’ve got the squad. Every game we play we mix and match and are trying to give everyone a chance and a start. It’s up to the players to try and initiate. And look, people can throw everything at me, but I am picking the team from what I see in the training. But the lads have to earn the shirt on a matchday.

"The players are not letting me down, they are letting themselves down and the fantastic fans of this club down. The performance of some players is not good enough, it’s not ISL standard."

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Aridane Santana leads from the front as his twin strikes within a minute steers Hyderabad FC to a 3-2 comeback win over SC East Bengal.

The victory, Hyderabad's second of the season, sees it move to the fifth spot in the ISL 2020-21 points table. SC East Bengal on the other hand, which is yet to win a game this season, remains at the bottom of the 11-team competition.

ISL 2020-21 Points table: Hyderabad climbs to fifth, SC East Bengal remains 11th   

FULL TIME! Hyderabad FC remains unbeaten as it defeats SC East Bengal 3-2.

90+4' Two bookings in as many minutes for SC East Bengal as Das and Holloway pick up yellow cards for fouls on Liston and Akash respectively.

90+3' Another chance for Hyderabad! Asish has a chance to shoot but he takes a tad too long and the squanders the shot.

90+1' Half a chance for Hyderabad as Santana releases Rohit down the centre, but Debjit races off his line to collect the ball.

89' Off the post! Rohit's strike takes a massive deflection and loops past Debjit and onto the post. Five minutes of added time to be played.

88' Excellent tracking back from Liston. He delivers a corner at the other end, of which nothing materialises, and then races back to his own half to win the ball off Holloway.

87' Narzary, who has been struggling with his left hamstring, has been replaced by the birthday boy Sahil Panwar, who turns 21 today.

84' Maghoma's goal completely changes the dimension of this game now. Hyderabad FC, which has looked so good in attack so far, might just be tempted to park the bus and secure what could be its second win of the season.

83' Abhishek Ambekar picks up a yellow card for a late tackle on Liston.

82' MAGHOMA SCORES! Pilkington curls a free-kick from the right and Maghoma sneaks past his man before firing a terrific header past Subrata. Game on!

80' Last 10 minutes of play left, can SC East Bengal find a way back?

77' Changes for both teams here as we head into the final quarter of play. Hitesh Sharma is taken off for Rohit Danu for Hyderabad FC while SC East Bengal has two new faces - Yumnan and Surchandra come on for Sehnaj and Jeje. 

73' That's a poor tackle on Asish from Steinmann. The German becomes the first player to be booked today.

71' Hyderabad FC seem to be running away with this one. The side's defence appears worn out and is struggling to contain this pacy Hyderabad attack. Robbie Fowler, understandably, is scowling.

70' Substitution for Hyderabad FC as Yasir is replaced by Souvik Chakrabarti.

69' NARZARY SCORES FOR HYDERABAD! It's Liston Colaco who creates the goal once again! The Goan dodges and weaves his way into the box and beats two defends before playing an inch-perfect to Narzary across the goal. Narzary has little to do as he slots it home.

68' Second change for SC East Bengal as CK Vineeth is replaced by Aaron Holloway. This is the Welsh striker's ISL debut.

62' Liston Colaco, who came on at half-time, has been the game-changer for Hyderabad. He played an instrumental role by winning the free-kick that led to the equaliser and provided the assist for the second goal. He's got the SC East Bengal defence struggling to match up to his pace.

59' SC East Bengal makes its first change as Abhishek Ambekar comes on for Mohamed Irshad.

58' The second goal highlighted SC East Bengal's poor defending as Hyderabad scored within 15 seconds from the restart! Maghoma lost the ball right after kick off and yasir raced into the box before Colaco threaded a phenomenal pass for Santana at the far post. The Spaniard made amends for his penalty miss with a classy finish.

57' Oh how the fortunes have turned! Santana gets the slightest of touches on Yasir's free-kick to score the equaliser and finds the back of the net again in less than a minute to put his side ahead.

56' ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! SANTANA SCORES TWO IN A MINUTE TO PUT HYDERABAD AHEAD!

56' GOAAAAAAL! Santana scores for Hyderabad FC!

55' Liston causing all sorts of trouble for the SC East Bengal defence. He wins a free-kick at the edge of the box.

51' Joao does really well to deny Pilkington a shot and then blocks Maghoma's strike with a fine block.

49' Hyderabad FC win a freekick from a promising position but Hitesh's cross/shot lacks any real venom or intent.

47' Liston makes an immediate impact as he creates chance for Yasir, but Debjit makes an easy save.

46' The second half gets underway and Hyderabad FC makes its first change. Liston Colaco comes on for Nikhil Poojary.

Jacques Maghoma makes history by scoring SC East Bengal's first goal in the ISL. Hyderabad FC dominated large parts of the game but Maghoma's 26th minute strike sees SC East Bengal head into the interval with a 1-0 lead. Santana had a chance to equalise but could not score from the spot as Debjit produced a brilliant save to deny him. Plenty to look forward to in the second half!

Aridane Santana

Hyderabad FC's Aridane Santana reacts after missing from the spot.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

45+2' Vineeth is played into the box with a fine through ball and he has just the 'keeper to beat...but drags his shot wide. And that brings us to the end of the opening half.

45+1' Debjit you beauty! The SC East Bengal 'keeper goes the right way as he dives to his right to save Santana's spot-kick. Fantastic stuff from Debjit. Although, he does appear to take a step ahead before the kick is taken..

45' PENALTY! Sehnaj Singh brings Yasir down in the box and Hyderabad FC has a penalty!

42' What a fantastic piece off skill from Asish Rai. He receives a long ball and taps it past his marker with a wonderful backheel.

38' SC East Bengal putting up a much better show after that opening goal. The attacking build up play has improved leaps and bounds.

35' End to end action here as Das goes down in the Hyderabad box but isn't awarded a penalty. Hyderabad FC race into an attack and Irshad's poor control sees Santana win the ball in the goalmouth but he is ruled offside.

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29' Chance goes begging! Poojary has a golden opportunity to bring his side back to level terms as he has a free header in the box but his attempt is well off target. His marker, Narayan Das, surprisingly left him completely free.

27' The goal comes completely against the run of play as Hyderabad was dominating this contest. This was SC East Bengal's first real chance of the game and Fowler's men have found the back of the net in remarkable fashion.

SC East Bengal

SC East Bengal players celebrate Jacques Maghoma's goal.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

26' GOAL TO SC EAST BENGAL as Jacques Maghoma scores the club's first goal in the ISL. Pilkington plays an excellent pass to Steinmann and he lays it perfectly for Maghoma. The Congolese midfielder makes no mistake as he slots it home with a fine finish.

25' Hyderabad FC has had five shots while SC East Bengal has mot managed one yet. The men in yellow are finding acres of space up ahead and have been the dominant side.

21' Santana forces Debjit to make a fine block. Another long ball towards the far post sees Santana win the header and fire it on target, but he can't meet the SC East Bengal 'keeper. Fourth corner to Hyderabad FC.

19' Santana has his first attempt on goal! A well-worked corner routine sees Hitesh float a cross for Santana on the far post. The Spaniard connects well but it's a routine save for Debjit.

15' SC East Bengal defence looks very shaky here. Narzary's corner from the right is not dealt with as Onaindia is left unmarked at the far post. His header is cleared, but only as far as Hitesh, who skies his shot from inside the box.

13' That will be a huge sigh of relief for SC East Bengal. Debjit comes off his line to clear the ball but isn't quick enough. His clearance takes a massive deflection off an onrushing Nikhil and nearly loops into his own net!

12' Chance for Chinglensana! He has a fine chance to nod home Yasir's corner but can't find the target,

10' Hyderabad has looked the better side so far. The side has created a couple of chances up front while its defence hasn't been troubled yet.

7' Irshad's poor first touch sees Santana win the ball at the edge of the box and fire a cross, but there is no one to receive it. Strong start here from the home side.

4' First look in goal for Hyderabad FC. Hitesh plays a neat little pass for Halicharan in the box, who squares it for Santana. Irshad intercepts to clear the danger.

1' KICK OFF! SC East Bengal begins the proceedings, attacking from right to left.

7:25pm: Both teams make their way out to the middle. Hyderabad FC in yellow and SC East Bengal in white.

7:15pm: Trivia time. Did you know that Hyderabad FC goalkeeper Subrata Paul holds the record for the most clean sheets kept in the ISL? He has 28 to his name.

Subrata Paul

Hyderabad FC goalkeeper Subrata Paul.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

7pm: Here is everything you need to know about both the clubs' foreign players:

Who are SC East Bengal's foreign players?   

Who are Hyderabad's foreign players?  

6:50pm: SC East Bengal Robbie Fowler also makes two changes. IN - Debjit Majumder, CK Vineeth. OUT: Sankar Roy, Eugeneson Lyngdoh.

The side continues to miss the services of ace defender Danny Fox, while Aaron Amadi-Holloway could make his ISL debut as he is fielded on the bench.

Jeje Lalpekhlua

Jeje Lalpekhlua is the the ISL's second-highest Indian goal-scorer with 23 strikes and is also sixth on the list of all-time top-scorers in the ISL. Will he be the one to bag SC East Bengal's first goal in the ISL?   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6:40pm: Two changes for HFC: IN - Aridane Santana, Mohammed Yasir. OUT - Liston Colaco, Souvik Chakrabarti

Santana, who has scored two of Hyderabad FC's three goals this season, returns to the starting line up and will captain the side. Hyderabad will feature only three foreigners today including Santana, Odei Onaindia and Joao Victor.

6:30pm: Team news

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

Subrata Paul (GK), Chinglensana Singh, Odei Onaindia, Akash Mishra, Asish Rai, Nikhil Poojary, Halicharan Narzary, Hitesh Sharma, Mohammed Yasir, Joao Victor, Aridane Santana

SC East Bengal XI (4-4-2)

Debjit Majumder (GK), Narayan Das, Scott Neville, Mohamed Irshad, Sehnaj Singh, Anthony Pilkington, Jacques Maghoma, Mohammed Rafique, Matti Steinmann, CK Vineeth, Jeje Lalpekhlua

6:15pm: German midfielder Matti Steinmann has been vital for SC East Bengal so far.

Matti Steinmann

SC East Bengal midfielder Matti Steinmann has made the most recoveries for his team (21) as well as seven interceptions. He has also made 64 forward passes, which is the second most by an SC East Bengal player.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6pm: Here is how the two teams could line up today:

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

Laxmikant Kattimani; Asish Rai, Odei Onaindia, Chinglensena Singh, Akash Mishra; Joao Victor, Hitesh Sharma; Nikhil Poojary, Mohammad Yasir, Halicharan Narzary; Aridane Santana

SC East Bengal predicted XI (3-4-3)

Debjit Majumder; Scott Neville, Sehnaj Singh, Mohammed Irshad; Mohammed Rafique, Wahengbam Angousana, Matti Steinman, Narayan Das; Jacques Maghoma, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Anthony Pilkington

Aridane Santana

Aridane Santana (C) has been Hyderabad FC's top goal-scorer so far with two strikes to his name. Having missed the last game, the Spaniard is expected to start today.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

5:45pm: Hyderabad FC and SC East Bengal will be facing for the first time in the ISL. Here are some key stats ahead of the game:

 

5:30pm: Here's the match preview by our reporter Aashin Prasad.

Unbeaten Hyderabad takes on a ‘hurting’ SC East Bengal

Hyderabad FC will be keen to return to winning ways when it takes on bottom-placed SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco on Tuesday.

Three successive draws, a spate of injuries and lack of goals from open play remain the concerns in what has been an otherwise impressive unbeaten start to the campaign for Manuel Marquez Roca’s Hyderabad.

Podcast: Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad review the ups and downs of matchweek 3 of the Indian Super League on The Full Time Show.

Despite the setbacks, the Spaniard can take heart from the performances of his young Indian players. In the draw against ATK Mohun Bagan, Hyderabad had only two fit overseas players in the matchday squad. While forward Joel Chianese and midfielder Luis Sastre are still three weeks away from returning to action, striker Aridane Santana and midfielder Mohammad Yasir are available for selection.

In four matches, Hyderabad has had 58 shots (11 on target), an average of 14.5 shots per game – second-most in the league – but has scored just once from open play.

HFC vs SCEB – Team and player comparative stats

“It’s difficult to answer,” said Roca, who will return to the touchline after a one-game ban, trying to explain the struggles in front of goal. “We play our style by keeping possession. At this moment, we don’t have the foreigners in the positions, who can score goals. I think we were the team with most shots in first game (17) and in the second game, we had 11 shots against Bengaluru FC. It’s a problem we have to solve. The team is very compact. We have to create more chances. We are working on this issue.”

HFC vs SCEB – Team and player comparative stats

For East Bengal and head coach Robbie Fowler, the world seems to be against them. Fowler stated after the team’s valiant goalless draw with Jamshedpur, while playing with 10 men for over 65 minutes, that he feels 'the team is up against 12 men in every single game.’

Points Table

Fowler said the team is ‘hurting’ with the poor results and is seeking to draw motivation from the obstacles. “Everyone does seem as though they are picking on us in terms of where we are in the league,” the Englishman said in the pre-match press conference.

He is hopeful of having Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Daniel Fox and Lokon Metei back in training soon but didn’t provide the latest updates on the injury front.

For teams which like to dominate possession, Hyderabad has scored just three goals, while East Bengal is yet to open its tally. What’s worked in Hyderabad’s favour has been its ability to play at a higher intensity both in and out of possession. For East Bengal to register its first win, it will have to match up to its opponents and hope its misfiring forwards can get on the scoresheet.

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The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) marks the return of major league competition in India after the nationwide lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak was first imposed in March.

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

ISL 2020-21 points table

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