The Gaurs succumbed to yet another defeat against a clever Nizams side.
Hyderabad FC dismantled FC Goa 3-1 in an end-to-end encounter at the Fatorda Stadium in ISL 2022-23 on Thursday. Manolo Marquez’s side let Carlos Pena’s men hog the ball and hit them intelligently on counters.
It all started in the 20th minute as Bartholomew Ogbeche turned in Halicharan Narzary’s cross, leaving Anwar Ali on the floor. After a good first half display, Redeem Tlang equalised for the home side nine minutes after the break in splendid fashion. Hyderabad then scored once again through the Nigerian ISL top-scorer of all time, as his fox-in-the-box instincts came in handy.
Ogbeche capped off a perfect evening with a late run and a thumping finish in the 90th minute to put the game to rest.
Let us take a look at Khel Now’s player ratings for the match.
FC Goa (By Riddhiman Sarkar)
Dheeraj Singh – 6
Made two saves but not any decisive ones as Hyderabad easily found gaps in between FC Goa’s defence.
Aiban Dohling – 6.5
Brilliant at the back and decisive on the attack as he made a stunning goal-line clearance to keep the scores level for FC Goa. He also won both of his aerial duels.
Fares Arnaout – 6
The Syrian tough-tackler put in another solid performance, winning 80% of his ground duels and 66% of his aerial ones.
Anwar Ali – 6
Left scrambling on the ground as Ogbeche bullied him and left him in his shadow for Hyderabad’s opener with a bullet header. Recovered well as he made three tackles and was not dribbled past even once.
Sanson Pereira – 6
Completed two take-ons and won four of his five ground duels as he was more effective defensively. He was still subbed off in the 83rd minute for Saviour Gama.
Ayush Dev Chhetri – 6.5
Attempted 44 passes and completed 38 of them in 73 minutes of end-to-end action during which he also generated one key pass. Taken off for Glan Martins in the 73rd minute.
Edu Bedia – 6.5
Got a whopping 88 touches on the ball and looked to advance frequently but was unable to do the same as he does in every encounter. He also won his only aerial duel and was one of the better players for Goa on a dismal day.
Redeem Tlang- 7
Turned a disappointing first half into a heroic second as he acrobatically finished Noah’s low cross to equalise for the Guars. Despite failing to complete his only take-on, he went off in the 64th minute with a notable contribution.
Iker Guarrotxena – 6.5
A flappy boot with a torn sole summed up an evening of hard work for the Spaniard who played well as a no.10 and got 28 touches. Taken off for Alvaro Vazquez in the 73rd minute.
Brandon Fernandes – 6.5
Played in quite a few penetrative balls (two key passes) through to the likes of Guarrotxena, Noah Sadaoui and later Vazquez, but ultimately, they were not turned into something of value. Also created acres of space as he completed one take-on and continuously looked to twist and turn between the Nizams’ pressure zones.
Noah Sadaoui – 6
Dabbled on the ball for too long as he missed a first-half volley and complicated a simple shot, dribbling unnecessarily. His saving grace came as he collected a well-weighted ball from Edu Bedia to assist the onrushing Redeem Tlang for FC Goa’s equaliser.
Alvaro Vazquez – 6
Yet another appalling showing from the once-clinical striker who looked a mere shadow of his former self with no shots on target. He did generate two key passes but was ineffective otherwise.
Makan Winkle Chothe- 6
Did a bad job at tracking back as he left his defence to cope with Ogbeche’s late run into the box and thumping-headed finish.
Saviour Gama – 6.5
Replaced Sanson well with an 80% challenge success rate and one accurate pass. He should’ve been brought on sooner.
Glan Martins – N/A
Gurmeet Singh (GK) – 6.5
Gurmeet Singh made two saves from the game after facing three shots on goal as FC Goa’s shooting accuracy was wayward. He could not have done a lot to prevent the goal from point-blank range. Apart from that moment, the custodian looked comfortable.
Nikhil Poojary was the pick of the defenders for Hyderabad FC. The full-back was working overtime in keeping the FC Goa attackers at bay while also contributing to HFC’s attack at the same time. His energy levels were high during the game. He had 63 touches on the ball, the most for any HFC player.
Nim Dorjee kept a close eye on FC Goa’s Noah Sadaoui, which compelled the striker to drift wide. He was solid in dealing with both ground and aerial duels. He made seven clearances in the match.
Odei Onaindia’s leadership in defence was key for Hyderabad in limiting FC Goa to only one goal in the game. He also made four clearances and provided excellent covering to the wingers. His composure on the ball was noteworthy as he completed 32 of his 37 passes.
Akash Mishra was impressive once again. The full-back made three clearances and attempted four tackles. In terms of his contribution to the attack, Mishra made three crosses for his teammates.
Hitesh Sharma had a lukewarm outing in the midfield. He showed promise with the ball but did not involve himself enough to leave a lasting impression. The midfielder had 24 touches on the ball from 61 minutes of game-time.
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Borja Herrera’s consistency in the midfield was seen once again. Filling in as a holding midfielder in the absence of Joao Victor, the Spaniard was key in helping HFC initiate turnovers and release counter-attacks. He attempted two shots on goal and also made two clearances in a well-rounded performance.
Mohammad Yasir had an off day. While he was adventurous with the ball in his feet, the winger could not make a notable contribution in the final third. He delivered a cross and created zero chances for his teammates.
The biggest contribution by the winger in the game was his cross which led to the first goal of the match. His pinpoint left-footed cross found Ogbeche in the box and the striker converted with ease due to the quality delivery.
Joel Chianese started ahead of Javier Siverio and did not create a lot of chances for his team. Rather his contribution came in defensive phases, where the midfielder made three interceptions. He walked away with a yellow card and no shots were attempted by him in the match.
Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a fabulous hat-trick. He showed incredible finishing capabilities in the process of scoring all of Hyderabad FC’s goals against Goa. The striker now has six goals in the ongoing ISL season. Oh yes, he won the Man of the Match award too.
Abdul Rabeeh – 7.5
The winger caused FC Goa plenty of issues with his pace on the right flank. His sensational cross from the wing led to HFC’s third goal of the game.
Sahil Tavora made yet another appearance from the bench to inject more energy on the pitch. He did exactly as instructed and pressed FC Goa defenders into making quick decisions.
Rohit Danu made a decent attempt from the left flank and it was his shot that caused mayhem in FC Goa’s box which led to Hyderabad’s second goal of the game.
The striker came on from the bench to find the winning goal for HFC. While he could not achieve that, he pressed FCG’s defence with energy and caused troubles with his off-the-ball movement.