ISL 2020-21 highlights: Hyderabad FC beats Odisha FC 1-0

Aridane Santana's penalty guided Hyderabad FC to a 1-0 victory over Odisha FC in a 2020-21 ISL game at the GMC Stadium in Goa on Monday.

Aridane Santana celebrates his goal against Odisha FC with his Hyderabad FC teammates in Goa on Monday.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

This is Sportstar's ISL blog/highlights of the match between Odisha FC and Hyderabad FC at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

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A well-deserved three points for HFC tonight. Aridane Santana led from the front and every other player contributed their bit. Odisha players have to improve a lot if they want to challenge for the title, especially star player Marcelinho who had a game to forget.

FT: ODISHA FC 0 - 1 HYDERABAD FC.

HFC coach Manolo Marquez: Really happy with the performance tonight. Players are in good form. But I thought we could have scored more goals and put the game to sleep. Great to have a clean sheet and Santana will keep improving. Hopefully, the injured players recover soon. Adil (Khan) wasn't fit enough to start this game but hopefully he'll be 100% for the next. I'm thrilled by the youngsters in our team.

OFC coach Stuart Baxter: We gave them a lot of leeway in the beginning. It was hard for us to make a comeback in the first half. Steven (Taylor) was a bit unlucky with the handball. They (HFC) were the better team. But we are a team of youngsters and I'm confident we'll come back stronger. Injuries are definitely a concern. If we replicate the second half performance and finish chances we can challenge teams.

Reaction from both camps coming up...

Last season's bottom-placed team -- Hyderabad FC -- has begun the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) with a 1-0 victory over Odisha FC.

HFC had never beaten OFC in two attempts before and an Aridane Santana penalty was enough as the team finally exacted revenge, with its first-ever clean sheet.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

AND IT'S FULL-TIME!

90+5' It's almost the end of the match and this might very well be the first-ever clean sheet for Hyderabad FC in the Indian Super League. The team didn't have a single shutout last season, its debut year.

90+1' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR HFC! Adil Khan and Sahil Panwar replace Hitesh Sharma and Halicharan Narzary in the middle. Five minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the second half.

88' VERY CLOSE! Laldanmawia Ralte with a delightful run on the right flank for Hyderabad FC. He executes a low cross into the box. Halicharan Narzary gets to the ball first and fires a shot wide.

86' CHANCE! Goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh makes a mess of a straightforward clearance. He hits it straight to Colaco whose shot goes over the bar.

84' BOOKING! The Hyderabad goal scorer Aridane Santana receives a yellow card for a very poor challenge on Odisha's Samuel Lalmuanpuia.

82' ANOTHER INJURY! Halicharan Narzary goes to the ground as Shubham Sarangi elbows him from behind. YELLOW CARD! The OFC defender is booked for the rash tackle. Narzary looks fine to continue after receiving treatment from the HFC physio.

80' FREE-KICK FOR HFC! Liston Colaco wins it and he will take the set-piece. However, it's a poor one from him. He tried to find the near post with a low shot. But the ball was way off target.

77' FOUL AND A SUBSTITUTION! HFC's Liston Colaco has caused Odisha lots of trouble since coming on. Gaurav Bora lunges on him from behind to concede a free-kick. Meanwhile, Manolo makes a second change by bringing in Laldanmawia Ralte for Nikhil Poojary.

75' It's time for the second and final drinks break of the match!

73' CHANCE! HFC midfielder Halicharan Narzary lets one fly from midfield. But he doesn't test OFC keeper Arshdeep Singh.

71' YELLOW CARD! Poor challenge from Hendry Antonay. He went on a sprint to receive a pass from his OFC teammate Nandhakumar Sekar. However, HFC's Asish Rai got to it first. Antonay took him out with a sliding tackle and went into the referee's book.

68' FREE-KICK FOR HFC! Sastre to take it. He crosses the ball into the box. But Arshdeep Singh comes off his line to punch it away. Odisha regains possession.

66' CHANCE! A brilliant solo run from Liston Colaco here. He evades two players and takes a shot from a tough angle. He misses the target by a whisker.

65' INJURY AND SUBSTITUTION! This looks serious. Thoiba Singh is being stretchered off the field. Samuel Lalmuanpuia will replace him in the middle.

62' OFFSIDE! It was a Hyderabad free-kick. Lluis Sastre took it. The ball fell to Joao Victor who found the back of the net with a header. But he didn't time his run to perfection as the linesman raised his flag. It's still 1-0.

61' SUBSTITUTION! Manolo Marquez makes a change now. Liston Colaco replaces Mohammed Yasir in the middle. The attacking change shows that Hyderabad wants to score one more to seal the game.

59' YELLOW CARD! HFC midfielder Mohammed Yasir was setting himself up for a counter-attack but OFC's Gaurav Bora took him out with a horrendous tackle. The referee books him for the offence.

56' ODISHA ATTACK! Diego Mauricio takes the ball forward. He has teammates on either side and the OFC forward plays a low cross towards Onwu, whose shot tests the HFC keeper. However, Hyderabad regains possession.

53' SUBSTITUTION! This is a shocker. Odisha manager Baxter withdraws the experienced Marcelinho. Young Laishram Premjit Singh replaces him in the middle.

52' CORNER FOR HFC! Yasir takes the set-piece and there's some pushing and shoving inside the penalty box as the referee awards Odisha FC a free-kick.

50' Odisha putting numbers forward now. The team should be careful because Hyderabad FC can be lethal with the counter-attacks.

47' WHAT A CHANCE! Nandhakumar Sekar was so close to finding the equaliser for OFC. HFC centre-back Joao Victor loses the ball near the penalty box. Nandhakumar sprinted forward towards goal and was one-on-one with Subrata Paul. However, left-back Akash Mishra tracked back in time to retrieve the ball.

THE SECOND HALF BEGINS!

Forty-five minutes to go. Stay tuned!

Hyderabad FC has dominated the game so far. Odisha FC, apart from two good chances, has looked clueless for most of the game. Stuart Baxter's side has to improve a lot.

Aridane Santana, despite missing a free header, has made the difference with the penalty goal, which was a gift from captain Steven Taylor, who was booked for his handball.

AND IT'S HALF-TIME!

45+3' Final minute of stoppage time here. Penalty calls from the Odisha players! Manuel Onwu with an attempted cross into the box. Asish Rai puts his body on the line and averts the danger. It wasn't a handball and the referee makes the right decision.

45' BACK-TO-BACK SAVES! Odisha goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh is the busier of the two custodians tonight. He saves two stingers from midfield. HFC's Aridane Santana and Halicharan Narzary with an attempt each on target. ANOTHER HFC CORNER! Another set-piece wasted as Santana heads it above the post.

41' GLORIOUS OPPORTUNITY! Manuel Onwu misses an absolute sitter. It looked like an offside initially. But the linesman didn't raise his flag. Onwu was one-on-one with the keeper but he hits the ball straight to Subrata Paul. Odisha is creating a few chances here.

39' FREE-KICK FOR ODISHA! A great chance to equalise for OFC. Marcelinho will take it. The ball's into the box and Steven Taylor directs a header on target. However, HFC keeper Subrata Paul punches it away.

35' GGOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!! Aridane Santana scores from the spot to give Hyderabad FC the much-deserved lead. Odisha FC keeper Arshdeep Singh had no chance there.

34' PENALTY FOR HFC! Odisha's Onwu gave away the ball cheaply in midfield. Hyderabad's Aridane Santana took it forward and set Halicharan Narzary in on goal. But OFC captain Steven Taylor handled the ball while executing a sliding tackle. YELLOW CARD! Taylor is booked for the offence.

33' FOUL! Manuel Onwu is being fouled way too often tonight. Asish Rai and Poojary pull him down in tandem now. Odisha wins a free-kick.

30' It's time for the first drinks break.

29' ANOTHER HFC ATTACK! Aridane Santana makes a good run on the right flank and plays a one-two with Poojary. But his low cross attempt is blocked well by OFC defender Gaurav Bora.

26' WHAT A CHANCE! Lluis Sastre with a wonderful cross into the box from midfield. Aridane Santana was at the far post, but he wasn't able to get a clear shot on target because Steven Taylor was constantly applying pressure onhim.

24' FREE-KICK FOR ODISHA! Hyderabad's Asish pulls Manuel Onwu down with a silly tackle from behind. OFC is happy to waste time here.

21' FOUL! HFC's Aridane Santana takes out OFC defender Shubham Sarangi with a rugby tackle. He's absolutely fortunate to get away without a yellow card here.

19' Hyderabad full-backs Asish Rai and Akash Mishra have been troubling the Odisha defence with their crosses tonight. Manager Manolo Marquez would be hoping that Santana can finish a few.

16' CORNER FOR HFC! Yasir takes it as usual. The ball falls to OFC forward Manuel Onwu inside the box and he clears it away. But Poojary gets to the ball and heads it just above the post. Another close escape for OFC.

13' THROW-IN FOR OFC! Hendry Antonay throws the ball in but Hyderabad, attacking in numbers, gets it back. It's been all HFC so far. OFC is struggling to make inroads.

10' THIRD CORNER OF THE GAME FOR HFC! Yasir will take it again. He makes a short pass and receives the ball back. But his cross is too poor as Odisha regains possession.

7' ANOTHER CORNER FOR HYDERABAD! Yasir takes it again. There's some innovation here. SAVE! Akash Mishra lets one fly from outside the box. But Arshdeep makes a wonderful save.

6' FIRST CORNER OF THE GAME! Hyderabad has dominated possession so far. CLOSE! Mohammaed Yasir takes the set-piece and Aridane Santan has a free-header. But he hits it way off target.

4' LONG-THROW! Hitesh Sharma with a good throw-in into the box. However, the Odisha defence clears it away. FOUL! Diego Mauricio wins a free-kick against Hyderabad FC.

2' CROSS! Nikhil Poojary with a lofted ball from the right flank. But it falls straight into the hands of Odisha FC goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh.

AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

NOTE: Both teams have only four foreigners in their playing XIs today.

7:30: It's finally kick-off time!

7:25 PM: The players are out!

7:20 PM: Odisha FC has made some strong reinforcements in key positions ahead of the seventh season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21). New head coach Stuart Baxter's side boasts a formidable foreign contingent that features the likes of former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor and ISL hero Marcelinho. Here are all of Odisha FC's foreign players. (READ)

7:15 PM: Hyderabad FC will feature a new line-up of foreign players for the upcoming 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL). Aridane Santana, one of the star performers for Odisha FC last season, joined the club alongside fellow Spaniards Odei Onaindia, Fran Sandaza and Llius Sastre. Here's a look at the overseas players in Hyderabad FC's squad for ISL 2020-21. (READ)

6:50 PM: Hyderabad FC (HFC) is set to take on Odisha FC (OFC) in match four of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) season. Here are the important stats, head-to-head record and players to watch out for in this fixture. (STATS)

6:30 PM: The team lineups are out!

Odisha FC XI (4-4-2)

Arshdeep Singh (G), Shubham Sarangi, Hendry Antonay, Steven Taylor (C), Saurab Meher, Diego Mauricio, Gaurav Bora; Thoiba Singh, Marcelinho, Nandhakumar Sekar, Manuel Onwu.

Hyderabad FC XI (4-4-2)

Subrata Paul (G), Nikhil Poojary, Akash Mishra, Odei Onaindia, Asish Rai, Lluis Sastre, Joao Victor, Halicharan Narzary, Hitesh Sharma, Mohammed Yasir, Aridane Santana (C).

6:25 PM: Odisha FC, erstwhile Delhi Dynamos, has failed to make it to the playoffs of the Indian Super League for the last three seasons, but captain Steven Taylor is confident of snapping the barren run this season. (FULL STORY)

6:15 PM: Odisha FC features one of the most diverse squads in this season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21). The Bhubaneswar-based side has the oldest coach in the league in 67-year-old Stuart Baxter along with the youngest line-up! Here's our analysis of the team's upcoming season. (PREVIEW)

6:00 PM: Hyderabad FC has a good combination of Indian youngsters and experienced overseas players, and the club, which finished at the bottom of the table in its debut season, has the quality to do well in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21, says forward Nikhil Poojari. (FULL STORY)

5:50 PM: Stung by the reversals in its debut season last year that saw it finish at the bottom of the table with 10 points from 18 matches, winning just two and losing 12, Hyderabad FC has initiated many moves aimed at all-round improvement with an emphasis on the youth, hoping they will blend with experienced players in the 2020-21 season. Here's our analysis of the team's upcoming season. (PREVIEW

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MATCH PREVIEW:

Odisha FC will aim to hit the ground running when it locks horns with Hyderabad FC in its Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) season-opener on Monday.

Led by veteran coach Stuart Baxter, Odisha boasts the youngest team in ISL 2020-21 with an average age of 22. The Kalinga Warriors have undergone a massive overhaul in the summer, bringing in big names such as Newcastle legend Steven Taylor, and possess a terrific attacking line up that features the likes of Marcelinho, Diego Mauricio and Manuel Onwu.

Hyderabad FC, on other hand, will hope to exorcise its demons from its last campaign. The side endured a disastrous debut season, managing only two wins and finished at the bottom of the table with 10 points. The side was dealt with a massive blow prior to this season as manager Albert Roca parted ways with the club to join Ronald Koeman at FC Barcelona. Hyderabad FC has then roped in fellow Spaniard Manolo Marquez, who now has the toilsome task of rebuilding the side.

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Odisha FC has an unbeaten two-nil record against Hyderabad FC, but coach Baxter says none of that matters. “History doesn't really help anybody. The Titanic (ship) sank and Liverpool won the Premier League last season but none of it helps this year. They have got new players and we have got new players, so things have changed on both sides,” he said at the pre-match conference.

The Englishman also confirmed that Australian defender Jacob Tratt and Jerry Mawihmingthanga will not be available for Monday’s clash.

Hyderabad FC’s dismal last campaign saw the side slip to four losses in its opening five games. Marquez is keen to guide his team to a winning start this time around. “Winning the first game is important. Although given a choice, I would take a loss in the first game if it meant winning the remaining 19," he said. Hyderabad will miss the services of Spanish striker Francisco Sandaza.

Odisha FC lost both its pre-season matches (against Mumbai City FC and Chennaiyin FC, while Hyderabad FC won one (against FC Goa) in its four games.

- THE SQUADS -

Odisha FC: Kamaljit Singh, Ravi Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Ankit Bhuyan, Steven Taylor, Jacob Tratt, Shubham Sarangi, Gaurav Bora, Hendry Antonay, Kamalpreet Singh, George D'Souza, Mohammad Dhot, Saurabh Meher, Cole Alexander, Nandhakumar Sekar, Paul Ramfangzauva, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Vinit Rai, Thoiba Singh, Isak Vanlalruatfela, Jerry Mawihmingthana, Boaringdao Bodo, Lahrezuala Sailung, Marcelo Pereira, Manuel Onwu, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Diego Mauricio, Laishram Singh.

Hyderabad FC: Subrata Paul, Laxmikant Kattimani, Manas Dubey, Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Chinglensana Singh, Odei Onaindia, Dimple Bhagat, Nikhil Prabhu, Sahil Panwar, Akash Mishra, Kynsailang Khongsit, Asish Rai, Adil Khan, Halicharan Narzary, Joao Victor, Laldanmawia Ralte, Lluis Sastre, Hitesh Sharma, Abhishek Halder, Sahil Tavora, Mark Zothanpuia, Mohamed Yasir, Nikhil Poojary, Souvik Chakrabarti, Sweden Fernandes, Aridane Santana, Fran Sandaza, Joel Chianese, Liston Colaco, Ishan Dey, Lalawmpuia, Rohit Danu.

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