ISL: Hyderabad runs riot against NorthEast, wins first away game of the season

With 10 points from 18 matches, Hyderabad FC ends its season at the bottom of the table and NorthEast United remains ninth with 13 points and a match to go.

On-loan striker Liston Colaco bagged a brace in the first half against NorthEast United FC.   -  ISL Media

Hyderabad FC brought its Indian Super League season to a conclusion with a thumping 5-1 win against NorthEast United FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Thursday.

Liston Colaclo and (12', 41'), Marcelinho (13', 88’) scored braces while Mohammed Yasir (55') also grabbed a goal to earn Hyderabad's second win of the season. Andrew Keogh's (35’) strike was nothing more than a consolation for NorthEast United.

With 10 points from 18 matches, Hyderabad ended its season at the bottom and NorthEast remains ninth with 13 points and a match to go.

Hyderabad needed three points to avoid being the worst team in the history of ISL and it was out to prove a point right from kick-off.

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The visitor put pressure on the host's defence and the latter succumbed to it in the 12th minute. Nestor Gordillo played Colaco through on goal and goalkeeper Pawan Kumar, who rushed off his line to clear, completely missed the ball and allowed the Hyderabad forward to tap the ball into an empty net.

Hyderabad doubled its lead a minute later and once again it was a defensive error by NorthEast that opened the doors. Marcelinho pounced on a poor backpass by Milan Singh, dribbled into the box and beat the goalkeeper with a simple finish.

NorthEast had its fair share of chances, although not clear-cut. Martin Chaves was at the end of two good chances midway through the half. The Highlanders finally scored after the half an hour mark. Chaves' chipped cross from the left flank was met by Keogh in the centre who converted with a header.

NorthEast's celebrations were cut short when Colaco unleashed a powerful strike that found the net before the break. The Indian forward picked up his second goal of the night as he scored off the rebound after Reagan Singh blocked Gordillo's shot.

NorthEast United's defending went from bad to worse after the restart. Pawan Kumar erred again as Colaco shot from outside the box in the 55th minute. The Indian keeper parried it straight into the path of Yasir who scored his first ISL goal.

Pawan was replaced by Soram Poirei after the hour mark but the pressure didn't die down. Marcelinho threatened with a good run into the box after skipping past his marker with clever footwork but could only hit the side-netting.

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Colaco found Stankovic's run in behind with a defence-splitting pass but the midfielder's strike from the edge of the box hit the woodwork before the rebound was cleared by Reagan.

NorthEast's makeshift defence was carved open easily by the Hyderabad attack which ensured that the host did not have a way back into the game.

Hyderabad added a fifth goal before the end of ninety minutes when Stankovic's through ball was deflected into the path of Marcelinho by Nim Dorjee. The Brazilian gleefully pounced on it and got the better of Poirei with a good strike.

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