The Nizams clamped down on the Gaurs to go top of the table with three wins out of a possible four.

Hyderabad FC saw out a narrow 1-0 victory against visitors FC Goa at the Gachibowli Stadium in the ISL 2022-23 on Saturday. Manolo Marquez’s men began the game on the front foot as their decisive attacking football paid off early. A quick throw-in toward Ogbeche saw the Nigerian pick out Siverio’s curling run. The rapid striker left Marc Valiente chasing shadows as he raced into the box and finished into the far corner to give Hyderabad the lead.

The second half began in favour of Carlos Pena’s side as the substitutions came in time and seemed to work. Alvaro Vazquez almost got the equaliser as he was brought down by Akash Mishra but failed to convert the resultant penalty. The full-time whistle went off much to the dismay of FC Goa as Hyderabad FC went top of the ISL table with their third consecutive win of this campaign.

Let us now take a look at Khel Now’s player ratings for the evening:

Hyderabad FC (By Praketh Reddy)

Laxmikanth Kantimani –  8

Kantimani was clinical in goal and made a save in the first half. He was also involved a lot in play and made five passes. He now keeps his third clean-sheet in a row by also seeing a penalty missed by FC Goa.

Nikhil Poojary: 6.5

The Right-Back put in a great shift in the defense and had 71 touches of the ball in the game, and also created a chance. 

Chinglasena Singh: 6

The center-back ensured the clean-sheet was maintained and had three shots blocked and two interceptions. 

Odei Onaindia: 7

Yet again the pick of the defenders, Odei had a great day at work with 13 clearances, three interceptions, and a 63% pass accuracy.

Akash Mishra: 6

The Left- Back enjoyed his successful return to the squad by creating a chance.

Joao Victor: 7.5

The Captain, Joao was crucial in defence and had a great game on and off the ball, by running the midfield. He had a 76% pass accuracy and 38 touches on the ball. 

Mohammad Yasir: 6

The winger had a busy outing and was on the ball 48 times with 19 passes completed and also created a chance.

Hitesh Sharma: 6

Along with Joao Victor, Hitesh Sharma was also instrumental in midfield for Hyderabad FC by completing 20 of the 30 passes before being subbed off. 

Bartholomew Ogbeche: 7.5

The Nigerian, was yet again crucial in Hyderabad FC scoring the goal, by assisting Silverio with a fantastic header. He was also a perfect support in attack before getting substituted in the 66th Minute.

Halicharan Narzary: 6

The midfielder was unlucky not to score the second for Hyderabad FC as his shot hit the post but overall, had a good game and ensured a win for the home team. 

Javier Siverio: 8

The Spaniard was clinical and calmly slotted the ball into the net to grab the winner and also his first goal of the season. His goal turned out to be the difference between the teams. 

Mohammed Yasir: 5.5

The winger had a decent game by having 48 touches and creating a chance for the home team. 

Substitutes:

Joel Chianese: 6

Chianese entered the field in stoppage time and ensured the win for Hyderabad FC.

Aaren’D Silva: N/A

Did not have much to do after being subbed on.

Sahil Tavora: 6

Despite being yellow-carded for rash play, Sahil ensured the win for the home team with a cameo in the midfield. 

Borja Herrera: 6.5

Having come on for Bart Ogbeche in the 66th minute. The midfielder played his role and ensured a win. 

Abdul Rabeeh : 6

Having come on in the 80th minute, Abdul was solid in defence for the home team.

FC Goa (By Riddhiman Sarkar)

Arshdeep Singh – 6

Did not face too many shots on target as he only made one save from inside the box. Could only do so much for Siverio’s acute angle finish.  

Seriton Fernandes – 5.5

Not very visible as his defensive involvement overshadowed his offensive contributions. Interestingly the right-back lost four and only won two out of his six ground duels.

Anwar Ali – 6.5

Vigilant at the back as he performed his cover centre-back duties down to the T. Also won his only ground battle and three of his six aerial duels.

Marc Valiente- 5.5

Caught out by Ogbeche’s flicked-on header which Siverio picked up and raced with to finish emphatically. Uninvolved in defensive contributions as he contested zero ground duels and lost both of his aerial duels. Taken off by Carlos Pena to introduce Fares Arnaout at half-time.

Aiban Dohling – 6

The high-flying left-back was often seen bombing forward but could not be penetrative against Hyderabad FC. Attempted three long balls and completed two of them.

Ayush Dev Chhetri- 6.5

Had to cover more ground for his Spanish counterpart as he had to do the dirty work. Won seven out of 12 ground duels and completed 66% of his total passes before coming off for Princeton Rebello in the 77th minute.

Edu Bedia – 6.5

The Spanish maestro looked a little off the mark today as the likes of Joao Victor and Hitesh Sharma breathed down his neck continuously. Hapless long balls all the way to Kattimani were uncharacteristic of the regista as he almost scored the equaliser again. Finished the game with seven aerial duels won out of 12 and a total of 53 completed passes out of which 3 were key opportunities. 

Redeem Tlang- 6

Tested Kattimani in the first half as he was set free by Guarrotxena’s lobbed ball but chipped it into the Nizams’ custodian’s gloves. Only had 19 touches on the ball otherwise and went into the book before being subbed off for Makan Chote at the break. 

Iker Guarrotxena – 6

Not as penetrative as his linkup play was futile amidst a sea of yellow and black. The Hyderabad FC midfield chased him breathlessly as they clamped down his fluid movement and limited him to only two shots that were off-target. 

Brandon Fernandes- 5.5

The Goa captain had 30 touches on the ball but could not generate any key chances as he failed to justify his worth. Taken off for Brison Fernandes’ introduction in the 69th minute with only 16 completed passes to his name.   

Noah Sadaoui- 6

Chased every ball as he brought bags of energy to the game with his off-the-shoulder running. Subbed off for Alvaro Vazquez in the 68th minute after he wasn’t as influential for the Gaurs with no shots on target and completing two take-ons out of three.

Substitutes

Fares Arnaout – 6.5

The Syrian proved to be a handful during set-pieces and battled for every aerial duel valiantly. Extremely decisive at the back as he kept Hyderabad out of danger with his acrobatic lunges and won all of his ground(2) and aerial duels(2).

Brison Fernandes – 5.5

His only highlight was a fizzing shot that he mishit after coming on. Only got eight touches on the ball in total.   

Makan Chote- 6

Generated one key pass and was more or less involved but could not provide that cutthroat efficiency that Pena asked of him. Despite his 71% passing accuracy, he could not find a way past the sturdy Nizams’ defence.   

Alvaro Vazquez – 6

Another clever showing from the Spaniard saw him jink his way past defenders and ghost into space. All that culminated in him forcing the usually composed Akash Mishra to bring him down inside the box but then shooting wide from the spot. Had two of his other shots on target blocked.

Princeton Rebello – 6

The youngster played only 20 minutes and got a mere 15 touches on the ball. Won his only aerial duel but could not help Goa control the game from the middle of the park.

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