ISL 2020-21 news: Mishra denies Odisha win, Hyderabad walks away with a point

ISL 2021: After having taken the lead in the first half, Hyderbad FC was pegged back by a resilient Odisha FC during an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Fatorda Stadium.

Hyderabad FC vs Odisha FC

Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC shared the points in their Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) encounter on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Akash Mishra saved his side from the jaws of defeat as Hyderabad FC played out a 1-1 draw with Odisha FC in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) clash at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday.

Both teams retained their places on the table - Hyderabad remains fourth with 17 points from 12 games, while Odisha is at the bottom with seven points.

AS IT HAPPENED

Hyderabad’s goal was a classic description of route one football. Goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani launched a long ball that was flicked on by Aridane Santana. Liston Colaco got at the end of it and bombed into the box before squaring it for Halicharan Narzary, who guided it into the net for his fourth goal of the season. Six touches of the ball, from one end to the other, and Hyderabad had the lead.

Narzary was unfortunate not to double his tally as he was denied by the woodwork in the 39th minute. The 26-year-old sold the defender a dummy before cutting on to his right and placing it beyond the ‘keeper, only to be denied by the upright.

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Hyderabad would rue the missed chance as Odisha struck back within six minutes of the resumption. Stand-in skipper Cole Alexander buried the ball into the left bottom corner, well out of Kattimani’s reach, to restore parity. Hyderabad was denied a penalty a few minutes later when Liston’s dink clipped Gaurav Bora’s arm, but the referee saw no foul.

Cole Alexander celebrates his goal against Hyderabad FC in the ISL. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

Diego Mauricio’s scintillating run nearly produced the winner for Odisha in the final quarter of play. The Brazilian, who has played alongside the iconic Ronaldinho, worked his way into the box and attempted to sneak the ball into the net from an acute angle. Mishra saved the day for Hyderabad as he was at the right place at the right time, heading the ball off the goal-line.

Mishra made another vital save on the goal-line in the 89th minute to block Nandhakumar Sekar's strike and ensure his side took home at least a point.