ISL 2019, as it happened: Marcelinho free-kick secures come-from-behind win for Hyderabad FC

Marcelinho's 81st-minute free-kick helped Hyderabad FC secure its first win of the ISL season, moving to eighth place on the table.

Hyderabad FC manager Phil Brown seeks a turnaround for his team after two losses in a row.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Marcelinho and Marko Stankovic scored from deadball situations to overturn a one-goal deficit and lead Hyderabad FC to its first win of the Indian Super League season.



Full-time: Hyderabad FC 2-1 Kerala Blasters. K.P. Rahul put Kerala Blasters ahead in the 34th minute, but Marko Stankovic and Marcelinho provided moments of calm and class to secure a come-from-behind win for Hyderabad FC in front of a raucous home crowd.

90+1' YELLOW CARD FOR JAIRO RODRIGUES! Marcelinho skips away from the defender, who sticks his left leg out and concedes a cheap free-kick.

90' We are into five minutes of stoppage time.

87' A bit of desperation creeping into Kerala Blasters's game. Hyderabad FC a little under pressure too to hold on. We are set for an exciting finish.

81' GOAL! That's an absolute beauty! Marcelinho curls a free-kick from 20 yards out, sticking it right in the top corner and giving T.P. Rehenesh no chance of saving it.  Mouhamadou Gning conceded the free-kick after foulding Nikhil Poojary and, from a presentable position, Marcelinho struck it beautifully, getting it up over the ball and bringing it down in the time to beat T.P. Rehenesh.

77' Marcelinho tries to curl the ball into the top-right corner, cutting in from Hyderabad FC right, but it's high and wide. That was an excellent chance for the home team to take the lead. Marcelinho perhaps tried to impart a bit too much of power. Kerala Blasters let off the hook there.

75' SAVED! Kamaljit Singh holds on from a Prasanth header from near the penalty spot. Good awareness from Messi Bouli to spot Prasanth and pick him out with a cross. Prasanth tries to power a header on target, but it's straight at Kamaljit and he holds on.

73' SHOTTTT! From a Kerala Blasters corner, the ball breaks for Jessel Carneiro and he hits it first time. It swings marginally wide of the goal. Kamaljit Singh was concerned.

70' Bartholomew Ogbeche swings in a cross, trying to find either Messi Bouli or Jairo Rodrigues in the box. But Kamaljit Singh palms the ball away from danger.

65' Messi Bouli tries to have an instant impact. The ball breaks near the Hyderabad FC box for him and he volleys from distance, but his shot is well wide.

Substitution for Kerala Blasters: Messi Bouli replaces Sahal Abdul Samad.

62' BLOCKED! Some wonderful play on the left from K.P. Rahul, who manufactures some space and finds Bartholomew Ogbeche, whose first-time volley is blocked by Matthew Kilgallon.

54' GOAL! Marko Stankovic converts from the penalty spot and Hyderabad FC is level. Mohammad Yasir won the penalty after some intelligent play, inviting Mouhamadou Gning's challenge and the referee had little hesitation in pointing to the spot. Stankovic sends T.P. Rehenesh the wrong way and side-foots it coolly.

51' Prasanth passes to Sahal Abdul Samad from the right flank, he tries to work some space for the cross, but he gets to the byeline and his cross is collected comfortably by Kamaljit Singh. (Suspicion over whether it was in play as well.)

49' Marcelinho's low cross from Hyderabad FC left finds its way to Robin Singh at the back post, but the ball goes through his legs and he tries to backhell it across goal, but Jessel Carneiro gets a block and foils the situation.


The second half is about to get underway. Kerala Blasters players are in a huddle with Bartholomew Ogbeche having a few words for them as they try to add to the one-goal lead provided by K.P. Rahul

Half-time: Hyderabad FC 0-1 Kerala Blasters. K.P. Rahul's 31st-minute strike the difference between the two teams, with plenty of other chances going unconverted.

45+1' Yellow card for Abhishek Halder as he catches the boot of Mouhamadou Gning in trying to win a bouncing ball.

44' SAVED! Marcelinho shoots from distance and his curling effort is safely pouched by T.P. Rehenesh.

43' UNCHARACTERISTIC! A heavy touch from Bartholomew Ogbeche takes the ball away from him and again, Hyderabad's defence is let off the hook. Mouhamadou Gning picks out Ogbeche in the channel, the striker runs onto it and tries to set himself up with a good touch, but the touch is heavy and the chance is gone.

41' CHANCE! Sahal Abdul Samad shoots from distance after shielding the ball away, but his shot is wide and Kamaljit Singh is untroubled.

34' GOAL! It was coming! K.P. Rahul had been Kerala Blasters' biggest threat and it's he who puts his team ahead. The move began from T.P. Rehenesh's goal kick that the Hyderabad FC defenders fail to deal with. The ball drops for Sahal Abdul Samad, who spots the run of Rahul and plays a perfectly-weighted pass onto his path. Rahul scores as he goes down. An excellent finish with Kamaljit Singh rushing off his line.

32' Sergio Cidoncha wins a header and the ball breaks for Bartholomew Ogbeche, who goes for a spectacular first-time effort but it's well wide.

29' A good shoulder-to-shoulder battle between K.P. Rahul, who tried to cut in and perhaps have a shot. Gurtej Singh shows his strength and shrugs away the Kerala Blasters attacker, and the situation is foiled from Hyderabad FC's viewpoint.

22' K.P. Rahul shoots from distance, gets a decent strike away, but he's a far way out and doesn't get the power or direction right. Kamaljit Singh, in the Hyderabad FC goal, watches it dribble over for goal kick.

18' Bartholomew Ogbeche finds Prasanth on the right flank and Prasanth tries for a cutback and find Ogbeche, but he gets it all wrong and the possession is lost.

15' CHANCE! K.P. Rahul shoots over from 18 yards out. The possession is turned over in the Hyderabad FC half, Rahul takes a touch and sets himself up to shoot. He tries to go for power and skies it.

11' Gianni Zuiverloon appears to have pulled his hamstring. Kerala Blasters is forced to make an early change with Raju Gaikwad coming on as a substitute.

9' Jessel Carneiro tries to cross for Bartholomew Ogbeche in the middle, but in trying to get more whip on the ball, puts it over the byeline for goal kick.

7' A long ball finds Marcelinho, who tries to play the ball onto the path of Robin Singh. For Kerala Blasters, Jairo is on the cover and shields the ball from Robin. Jairo's let off the hook by Robin, who gives him a nudge on the back and concedes a cheap free-kick.

3' Kerala Blasters's Sahal Abdul Samad carries the ball forward and then tries to find Bartholomew Ogbeche in the box, the pass is just a little quick for the strike and it cannons off him for a goal kick. Sahal's involved quite heavily in the early exchanges.

1' Kick-off! Home team Hyderabad FC gets us underway.

The national anthem is done, the players are shaking hands, and the kick-off is imminent.

The players are making their way out to the middle. Remember, Hyderabad FC is bottom of the ISL table and has conceded eight goals in two matches.

We are 10 minutes away from kick-off at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad, a venue hosting its first ISL match.

Starting line-ups

Hyderabad FC starting 11: Kamaljit Singh (C & GK), Matthew Kilgallon, Gurtej Singh, Mohammed Yasir, Nikhil Poojary, Rohit Kumar, Shankar Sampingraj, Marko Stankovic, Robin Singh, Abhishek Halder, Marcelo Pereira (Substitutions: Laxmikant Kattimani, Asish Rai, Tarif Akhand, Abhash Thapa, Deependra Negi, Sahil Tavora)

Kerala Blasters starting 11: T.P. Rehenesh (GK), Mohamad Rakip, Jairo Rodrigues, Jessel Carneiro, Gianni Zuiverloon, Sergio Cidoncha, Sahal Abdul Samad, K.P. Rahul, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Mouhamadou Gning, Bartholomew Ogbeche (c) (Substitutions: Bilal Husain Khan (GK), Raju Gaikwad, Pritam Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Mohammed Rafi, Messi Bouli)

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Lying bottom of the ISL table, Hyderabad FC needs a win against Kerala Blasters to turn around a wretched start to the season. It has lost its first two matches, conceding eight goals and scoring only one. Surprisingly, however, Hyderabad manager Phil Brown has said the goals conceded and scored don't faze him. “Conceding eight goals and scoring just one in two matches is not a concern for us. Hopefully, we will have a stamp of our own in this ISL very soon," he said on the eve of the match.

Kerala manager Schattorie has made it clear that his team will be playing to secure all three points against Hyderabad. “I don’t think we have any psychological advantage with Hyderabad having lost the first two games. It will be a different game altogether and we will be looking to score full points tomorrow.”

A win for Hyderabad will lift it to eighth on the table, while Kerala Blasters, currently seventh, could shot up to the summit with a big win, while a win alone will propel it to third.