The Nizams snapped their losing streak with a win against Marina Machans.

Hyderabad FC heaped further woes on Thomas Brdaric’s Chennaiyin FC as the Nizams became the third team to defeat the Marina Machans at home this season. Goals from Halicharan Narzary and Sana Singh put Hyderabad FC in the driver’s seat before Petar Sliskovic pulled one back for the home side. But Borja Herrera’s scorching effort five minutes from time ensured that Manolo Marquez’s men walked away with three points from the Marina Arena.

As a result, the defending champions snapped their two-game winless streak and move up to second in the league table. Chennaiyin FC suffered their second defeat in a row and their third at home this season.

Let’s take a look at the performances and ratings of the players from both sides of the game.

Chennaiyin FC (by Kaushik G Viswanath)

Debjit Majumder – 6

The goalkeeper had a tough time trying to keep his side in the game. He made four saves tonight but could not keep out the quality of Hyderabad FC for long.

Ajith Kumar – 5.5

The right-back’s night got cut short due to a red card. He was a decent bet until then for his side. He created one chance and completed 69% of his passes. Off the ball, he won two tackles and made one clearance and two interceptions, respectively.

Fallou Diagne – 5.5

The Senegalese defender was a bit off-colour tonight. He completed 68% of his passes and had the second-most number of touches by any CFC player. He won one tackle which shows that the Hyderabad players found it easier to get past him. Diagne also made four clearances and three interceptions in the game.

Gurmukh Singh – 6

Gurmukh faced a tough test on his ISL debut but did a decent job despite his side’s defeat. The centre-back won one tackle and made five clearances, one interception and blocked a shot as well. He also was decent on the ball with 76% pass completion.

Aakash Sangwan – 5

Aakash Sangwan’s performance tends to mirror his side’s game. The left-back made three clearances and two interceptions as well as blocking three shots. But he had a poor 48% pass completion rate. This combined with zero attacking contributions caused problems for Chennaiyin FC’s build-up play.

Julius Duker – 6

The German was an influential presence for his side till he was taken off in the 75th minute. He completed 87% of his passes including some incisive gameplay in the early stages of the game. Defensively, he made three clearances and one interception. But ultimately, he couldn’t inspire his side to a win.

Edwin Sydney Vanspaul – 5.5

The midfielder had a decent start to the game but regressed as the game went by. He created one chance and completed 69% of his passes. But Edwin continued to make erroneous decisions. He made three interceptions and was taken off past the hour mark.

Vincy Barretto – 6

The winger was decent in patches for the Marina Machans and caused problems for the Hyderabad backline with some good runs behind the defence. He won two tackles and made two interceptions and was taken off in the 63rd minute after completing only six passes.

Prasanth Karuthadathkuni – 6

The midfielder couldn’t influence much of the proceedings and had a passive presence on the pitch. He completed only eight passes and added nothing to Chennaiyin FC’s attack or gameplay. He won one tackle and made a clearance before being taken off in the 63rd minute.

Nasser El Khayati – 6.5

The Dutchman, like Sliskovic, was one of the few bright spots for Chennaiyin FC. He completed only 48% of his passes, but assisted Sliskovic’s late consolation and created three chances. He also attempted five crosses and was a constant threat on the left wing for Hyderabad.

Petar Sliskovic – 6.5

Sliskovic’s goal which led Chennaiyin FC’s fight back merely proved to be a consolation in the end. But he was one of the bright spots in the team with his goal as well as his chance creation. He created two chances and completed 52% of his passes. His ability to hold up play and pick out the right spot or pass is proving more valuable with every passing game.

Substitutes

Sourav Das – 5

The midfielder came past the hour mark and didn’t do any better to impose himself in the game. Sourav had 15 touches on the ball and completed only two passes in his half-hour stint on the pitch. Defensively, he won a tackle.

Rahim Ali – 5

The forward was brought on to add to Chennaiyin FC’s attacking might. But he barely contributed to any goal threat. The 21-year-old dragged his only shot wide when he had better options to pass to. He completed only five passes in his half-hour stint on the pitch. He also made two interceptions and won a tackle. But Ali couldn’t help his side where it really mattered.

Mohammad Rafique – 5

Rafique came on along with Kwame Karikari and didn’t do much in the game. He completed three passes and made one clearance and interception each.

Kwame Karikari – 5

The Ghanaian couldn’t provide any goal threat and made no attempts on goal in his 20-minute stay on the pitch. He won a tackle and completed only two passes during his stay.

Hyderabad FC (By Waseem Zaidi)

Gurmeet Singh (GK) – 6.5

The custodian made three saves during the game. He was unlucky to not come away with a clean sheet after conceding a goal where the defence did not help his cause. Apart from that one incident, he had a decent performance.

Nikhil Poojary – 6.5

Playing as a right-back, Poojary was in his element. The utility player had 54 touches on the ball and whipped in four crosses for his teammates as well.  

Chinglensana Singh – 7.5

The defender scored a fabulous goal with a left-footed volley to extend Hyderabad FC’s lead to two in the second half. However, he was at fault for losing his marker which led to the goal by Petar Sliskovic.

Odei Onaindia – 6.5

There was a miscommunication between Chinglensana Singh and Onaindia for Chennaiyin FC’s goal which left a mark on his otherwise solid performance. He made three clearances, four interceptions and four blocks.

Akash Mishra – 7.0

Akash Mishra was his usual self and kept the pressure on CFC’s wingers with his runs into the final third. The full-back had three shooting attempts out of which one was on target. Furthermore, he had 73 touches on the ball, most in the HFC line-up.

Hitesh Sharma – 6.0

Hitesh Sharma was sharp in possession and also worked hard without it. He had two shots, albeit both were off-target. Sahil Tavora came in his place in the second half to add fresher legs in the midfield.

Joao Victor – 5.5

Joao Victor had an impressive outing. He had 59 touches and an 88% passing accuracy by the final whistle. He completed 44 of his 50 passes in the match. 

Halicharan Narzary – 8.0

Halicharan Narzary scored the opening goal for Hyderabad FC. The winger blasted a sensational long-range strike that gave HFC a huge morale boost in the second half.

Mohammad Yasir – 5.5

The in-form winger only created one chance against the Marina Machans. Yasir played 82 minutes in which he made two crosses. He gave way to Rohit Danu late in the game. 

Joel Chianese – 6.0

Joel Chianese did not create enough chances for his team tonight. The creative midfielder made one scoring chance and had one shot on target in 67 minutes of playing time. 

Bartholomew Ogbeche – 5.5

It was another disappointing night for Bartholomew Ogbeche, who did not get a goal in the game. He was substituted in the 70th minute with one shot on target and creating one chance for his team.

Substitutes

Abdul Rabeeh – 6.5

The full-back was adventurous with the ball down the wings. He made four crosses in 21 minutes of game-time.

Javier Siverio – 5.5

The Spaniard did not do anything meaningful after coming on from the bench. He had only 14 touches on the ball in 23 minutes.

Sahil Tavora – 6.0

Sahil once again came on as a substitute to inject more energy in the second half. The midfielder completed 13 of his 17 passes and kept HFC afloat to win the contest.

Borja Herrera – 7.5

Borja Herrera came off the bench and scored perhaps a goal-of-the-season contender. His left-footed strike went straight into the top-left corner.

Rohit Danu – 5.5

He had an eight-minute cameo after coming on as a late substitute.

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