Ratings: Asish, Hamill shine as Mohun Bagan beat Hyderabad FC
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Both goals for Mohun Bagan were scored by defenders.
In a pulsating clash of the titans in the ISL 2023-24, Hyderabad FC fiercely battled Mohun Bagan, who clinched an elusive three points. Hyderabad’s stellar defence held strong against the ravenous Mohun Bagan onslaught until Brendan Hamill’s pinpoint shot and Asish Rai’s thunderous strike shattered their resistance, sealing a 2-0 victory.
Despite their valiant efforts, Hyderabad couldn’t outwit this dynamic duo, marking a resounding win for Mohun Bagan in this electrifying encounter. The Nizams now find themselves anchored at the league’s bottom, clutching just three points, adding a twist of adversity to their season’s narrative.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings from the game:
Hyderabad FC (By Atawaris Warsi)
He exemplified all the qualities essential for a top-notch goalkeeper, displaying remarkable agility, strength, and quick reflexes. Positioned between the posts for Hyderabad, he not only remained an active force on the field but also proved to be an exceptional shot-stopper, ensuring a formidable defence for his team. However, he could have positioned himself better for Hamill’s goal.
Nikhil Poojary – 7.5
Being it commanding the defence or showcasing some brilliant forward runs, the right-back delivered an overall stellar performance. His strength at the back and dynamic surges forward added a layer of excellence to the match. He also put in some exquisite crosses.
Chinglensana Singh – 6
While not a stellar performance, Sana proved somewhat sufficient in thwarting the advances of the Mohun Bagan forwards. Unfortunately, his efforts fell short of preventing Hamill’s and Asish’s goal.
Nim appeared robust on the field, perfectly complementing his goalkeeper’s magnificent performance. He could have marked Hamill during Mohun Bagan’s first-goal build-up. Did try his best to stop Rai’s shot, but to no avail.
While his defensive performance was remarkable, he found limited opportunities to contribute significantly to the attack.
The midfielder struggled against Mohun Bagan, experiencing difficulty in maintaining possession, lacking creativity, and displaying defensive vulnerabilities. However, his work-rate was commendable.
The captain emerged as the standout performer for the Nizams, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Gurmeet. Not only did he craft several opportunities for his team, but he also unleashed a couple of shots towards the goal. Additionally, his defensive prowess solidified his stalwart presence on the field.
The Finnish footballer didn’t have a flawless game. While he held the Mohun Bagan players at bay with strength and resilience, he couldn’t provide the necessary offensive support to his teammates. Pennanen had a shot on target, courtesy of a perfect cross by Poojary, but unfortunately, he couldn’t capitalise on that golden opportunity.
Yasir collaborated effectively with João on numerous occasions to contribute offensively. Unfortunately, those weren’t enough to help their team find the back of the net.
Contributed little to the attack and was substituted in the 69th minute.
Despite being a striker, he managed just one shot, which was unfortunately off target. While he combined well with the midfielders, his offensive contributions were limited.
Ramhlunchhunga – 5
Couldn’t contribute much in the 20 minutes provided.
Hitesh Sharma – N/A
Mohun Bagan (by Uttiyo Sarkar)
Vishal Kaith – 6.0
Kaith wasn’t even threatened by Hyderabad and hardly had much to do in goal, only being tested a few times. Did well with his distribution and cross-collection.
Brendan Hamill – 8
Hamill returned to form after the disappointing AFC Cup elimination and was rock-solid at the back against Hyderabad. Made a number of key clearances and won major duels, and capped off his performance with a superb finish for his goal.
Hector Yuste – 7.0
Yuste was again a bit aggressive and got booked, but held together a strong defensive line. Made some important clearances and didn’t allow the opposition players room inside the box.
Subhasish Bose – 7.5
Bose was really comfortable and energetic at the back, neutralizing the opposition threat through the left-wing. He made two blocks, three clearances and won two aerial duels in a solid defensive outing.
Asish Rai – 7.0
Rai wasn’t really able to create much for his side, but worked hard defensively to stop Hyderabad from creating chances through his side. Ended a frustrating outing with an impressive goal, courtesy a thunderous strike.
Anirudh Thapa – 7.0
Thapa looked much more convincing in the deeper role, hassling the Hyderabad FC midfielders and winning four out of five ground duels. Moved the ball forward nicely to keep up the tempo of his side’s game.
Sahal Abdul Samad – 7.5
Sahal was really innovative with his distribution and got himself in some nice attacking areas to trouble Hyderabad. Set up Hamill’s goal with a brilliant pass to send him through into the box.
Liston Colaco – 7.0
Liston was a menace on the left for his former side, keeping Nikhil Poojary occupied with his troubling dribbles. Created a few nice chances and also worked the goalkeeper constantly. An effort from him saw kiss the crossbar. The winger also made 11 possession recoveries.
Hugo Boumous – 7.5
Boumous was again a livewire outside the box and carried possession forward really nicely. He created five major chances, and constantly kept Hyderabad on the edge, but was unfortunate not to get an assist. Had a late goalbound shot blocked before Rai’s goal.
Kiyan Nassiri – 6.0
Kiyan got his first start of the ISL 2023-24 campaign and was a proactive figure in attack. Got himself in nice areas and set up a big chance for Cummings in the second half which the latter couldn’t utilise.
Jason Cummings – 5.5
Cummings looked sharp with his link-up play and set up a few nice moves, but his final product was awry. Failed to finish a few promising chances he got and was sloppy with his final touch.
Armando Sadiku – 6.5
Sadiku added a little bit more physicality and unpredictability, coming close to scoring in the second half but saw his powerful shot saved.
Suhail Bhat – 6.5
Suhail had a pretty positive cameo for the Mariners, as he moved around nicely in the box and had one thunderous effort cleared off the line.
Lalrinliana Hnamte – N/A
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