Hyderabad fails to consolidate top 4 status after 1-1 draw with Odisha
Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC drew 1-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday. Halicharan Narzary scored the first goal in the 13th minute from a good pass from Liston Colaco. Cole Alexander equalised in the 51st minute.
Manuel Marquez had deployed Hyderabad in a 4-2-3-1 formation while Stuart Baxter deployed Odisha in a 4-4-2 formation. Hyderabad started the game well pressing Odisha into making mistakes and pushing men forward. It took them only 13 minutes to score.
Laxmikant Kattimani first showed his long kick skills and played a superb goal kick. The hoofed ball went into the middle of the park. Aridane Santana showed strength and awareness to flick his header behind and released Liston Colaco on the right. The young forward timed his run to perfection to get behind Odisha's backline. Liston dashed into the penalty box and attracted all the defenders towards him. Liston showed vision and selflessness as well. Rather than going for glory, he laid the ball on the plate for Halicharan Narzary who calmly side-footed it into the back of the net.
Halicharan Narzary nearly doubled the lead but his thunderous shot came straight back off the post. Liston Colaco forced Odisha goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh into a fine save from a free kick in the 43rd minute.
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Odisha were lucky to have conceded only one goal. Hyderabad will be looking to score more in the second half.
Hyderabad started the second half just like they did in the first half. However, Odisha equalised against the run of play in the 51st minute through Cole Alexander. Diego Mauricio held the ball up well and laid it into the path of Cole Alexander. The midfielder fired the ball into the bottom corner at full stretch.
Hyderabad had a penalty shout turned down in the 59th minute after Gaurav Bora handled the ball inside the box. The referee was not interested. Replays showed that it should have been a penalty.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga missed a good chance to give Odisha the lead in the 64th minute. The winger fired high and wide after a deep cross from the left evaded everyone in the middle and landed at his feet.
Heroic and vital header from Akash Mishra denied Odisha from taking the lead in the 74th minute. A long ball was played to the left to Diego Mauricio. The striker showed brilliant skill to get to the byline and beat Asish Rai. Mauricio then squirted in a shot. Goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani got a hand on it but it was not enough. However, Akash Mishra got to the goal line and headed it onto the crossbar and the ball went out.
Odisha claimed a penalty in the 87th minute after the ball hit Akash Mishra on the goalline. Jerry Mawihmingthanga could have scored but his shot was straight at Akash Mishra’s chest.
Akash Mishra made a goal line clearance from Nandhakumar Sekar’s low drive just before normal time. Odisha could not fire in the rebound. So it ended 1-1.
The result meant that Hyderabad remained 4th with 17 points from 12 games. Odisha remained rock bottom with 7 points from 12 games. Hyderabad missed a good chance to consolidate their top 4 status. They should be ruining the missed opportunities. Odisha’s playoff hopes are fading away quickly.