Kerala Blasters hit back after Bobo had put Hyderabad FC 1-0 up with goals from Bartholomew Ogbeche (2), Vlatko Drobarov, Messi Bouli, and Seityasen Singh, who helped it register its second win of the season.
Full-time: Kerala Blasters 5-1 Hyderabad FC. Kerala brings its nine-match winless run to an end, inflicting a heavy defeat on bottom-placed Hyderabad. Bartholomew Ogbeche (2), Vlatko Drobarov, Messi Bouli, Seityasen Singh scored for Kerala Blasters after Bobo had put Hyderabad ahead inside 15 minutes.
90+2' CHANCE! It's another set-piece delivery that exposes Hyderabad FC's poor defending on the night. Bartholomew Ogbeche with the chance to complete a hat-trick but he doesn't get his head to the ball and Laxmikant Kattimani saves the looping effort.
90' We are into five minutes off stoppage time.
88' CHANCE! Kerala Blasters's defence slackens and Bobo nearly takes advantage. He rounds the goalkeeper after getting past the Kerala Blasters defence but his effort, on target, is blocked on the line.
86' CHANCE! It's fighting a lost cause, but Nikhil Poojary has a chance to reduce the margin. It's a wonderful cross from the right and Poojary is unmarked at the back-post, he goes for the first-time volley and miscues it over the crossbar.
83' Substitution: Sahal Abdul Samad replaces Messi Bouli for Kerala Blasters FC.
81' CHANCE! Messi Bouli's header sails over the crossbar. Good cross from the left-back Jessel Carneiro and he finds Messi Bouli, who's unmarked. He can't get his head over the ball, though.
75' GOAL! It's getting too easy for Kerala Blasters. Bartholomew Ogbeche adds to his earlier goal after Messi Bouli's magical footwork to create half-a-yard of space and cross for Ogbeche to volley in from close range.
72' Messi Bouli seems to have picked up a leg injury, briefly goes down but picks himself up and continues for the time being.
66' Substitution for Hyderabad FC: Gurtej Singh comes on for Sahil Panwar. It's a defensive change but perhaps one that's needed given how rampant Kerala Blasters's been going forward.
61' GOAL! Seityasen Singh takes a punt from distance, gets his shot on target, gets a bit of swerve on his strike but poor goalkeeping from Laxmikant Kattimani, who basically palms the ball into his own net. Game over?
59' YELLOW CARD! Gianni Zuiverloon goes into the referee's book for a cynical foul on Abhishek Halder.
57' CHANCE! Bartholomew Ogbeche with a wonderful chance to add to his goal on the night. He has time and space to turn and shoot. For once, he doesn't get the power on his effort and Matthew Kilgallon makes the block. A little clumsy but it diffuses the situation for Hyderabad FC.
56' Giles Barnes heads the ball out from a presentable position as Hyderabad FC failed to clear Jessel Carneiro's set-piece delivery.
52' OHHH! A crucial intervention from Matthew Kilgallon as Messi Bouli looked to set himself up for a shot on goal from just outside the penalty area.
49' Hyderabad FC concedes a cheap corner but the for Kerala Blasters, the delivery isn't good enough. It's overhit and Bartholomew Ogbeche can't control it with his foot and it goes for a goal-kick.
SECOND HALF: Kerala Blasters is the team with the momentum, can Hyderabad FC fight back like Kerala managed to after conceding first? Here we go! We are underway for the second half.
Half-time: Kerala Blasters leads Hyderabad FC 3-1 at the halfway mark, a welcome change from the scoreline from the last time these two sides faced off a few months ago. Hyderabad got its first and only win of the league this season against Kerala. Here's a recap of that 2-1 win for HFC on our podcast, The Full Time Show .
45+1' IT'S 3-1! Messi Bouli doubles Kerala Blasters's advantage, side-footing Halicharan Narzary's cross as Hyderabad FC's defence stands crumbled.
44' YELLOW CARD! Marko Stankovic goes into the referee's book for a cynical foul.
39' GOAL! Vlatko Drobarov converts from close range as Hyderabad FC's defence goes to sleep. A fizzed cross from the right from Seityasen Singh and Drobarov was left unmarked for him to side-foot it off the underside the crossbar!
33' GOAL! Bartholomew Ogbeche pulls Kerala Blasters level. It's a mistake from Hyderabad FC goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani and the Kerala Blasters captain and forward rolls the ball into the empty net.
29' Substitution: Hyderabad FC is forced into a change: Rafael Lopez Gomez is off, replaced by Giles Barnes
23' SAVED! Messi Bouli with a long-range effort that he manages to keep it on target! Laxmikant Kattimani gets both hands behind it and makes the save. It probably stung his hands but was from so far out and down the middle of the goal to worry the Hyderabad FC goalkeeper.
22' OHHHH! Seityasen Singh tries to find Bartholomew Ogbeche with a left-footed cross from Kerala's right. It swings in kindly for Laxmikant Kattimani to wrap his hands around the ball.
20' WAYWARD. Adil Khan doesn't show composure from the edge of the Hyderabad FC box and mishits his left-footed attempt. High and wide, Kerala Blasters let off the hook.
18' CHANCE! Bartholomew Ogbeche with a half-chance in the Hyderabad FC box. It's a long ball from midfield and Ogbeche gets his head to it but doesn't get the connection he wanted and the ball grazes his head and bounces harmlessly over the byeline for a goal-kick.
14' GOAL! Bobo puts Hyderabad FC 1-0 up after good interplay between him, Abhishek Halder and Marcelinho. He finishes off the move by side-footing Marcelinho's low cross into the back of the net. Hyderabad's front three given plenty of space to work with and Abhishek plays a defence-splitting pass to enable Marcelinho to cross for Bobo to tap in.
10' Jessel Carneiro's seeing plenty of the ball in the early moments. He finds himself in acres of space and crosses early, trying to find Bartholomew Ogbeche or Messi Bouli in the box, overhits it a fraction and the ball drops at the feet of Sahil Panwar, who controls it and tries to turn but doesn't sort out his feet and concedes a corner. The resulting corner, though, is cleared away with ease. Kerala's getting itself into good positions and posing a threat but has lacked sharpness in the final-third.
7' An interesting passage of play in the Kerala Blasters half of the pitch. Hyderabad FC's Adil Khan nicks the ball off Messi Bouli, who tries to receive and turn with the ball, and it's an excellent opportunity to run at the Kerala defence. Kerala, though, recovers well through Mohammad Rakip and gets itself out of the tight situation. Messi Bouli's already heavily involved in both halves.
4' Messi Bouli wins a free-kick for Kerala Blasters in the attacking half. Seityasen Singh delivers the dead-ball, the second ball falls for Bartholomew Ogbeche, who goes for the first-time volley but sends it sailing into the stands behind the goal. This is a good start from Kerala.
Kick-off: We are underway! It's a match that's a must-win for both teams considering their positions on the ISL table.
We are less than 10 minutes away from kick-off. The Kerala Blasters and Hyderabad FC players make their way out onto the pitch as the pyrotechnics go off. The national anthem is done and the players greet each other as kick-off approaches.
Kerala Blasters starting XI: TP Rehenesh (GK), Mohamad Rakip, Jessel Carneiro, Vlatko Drobarov, Gianni Zuiverloon, Mouhamadou Gning, Seityasen Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Jeakson Singh, Messi Bouli, Bartholomew Ogbeche (c) (Substitutes: Bilal Husain Khan, Abdul Hakku, Pritam Singh, Darren Caldeira, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Sahal Abdul Samad, Samuel Lalmuanpuia )
Hyderabad FC starting XI: Laxmikant Kattimani (GK), Sahil Panwar, Rafael Lopez Gomez, Matthew Kilgallon, Asish Rai, Adil Khan, Marko Stankovic, Nikhil Poojary, Marcelo Pereira (c), Abhishek Halder, Bobo (Substitutes: Kamaljit Singh, Gurtej Singh, Mohammed Yasir, Gani Ahmed Nigam, Laldanmawia Ralte, Nestor Jesus Benitez, Giles Barnes )
Ninth-placed Kerala Blasters hosts bottom-placed Hyderabad FC with both teams looking to add to their solitary wins in the season so far. Host Kerala is winless in the nine fixtures since its opening-day victory over ATK.
On the eve of the match, manager Eelco Schattorie said that playing Hyderabad will be a challenge. “It's going to be a very difficult game, I would have loved if we were playing Bengaluru or Goa tomorrow than the team below us because that brings certain dynamics with it,” said the Dutchman about the first match of the new year for both teams. “But we have to play them anyway, so we have to go all out, especially in a home game to try to get a good result.”
Hyderabad's only win this season came against Kerala Blasters.
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