The visitors snatched all three points as the domestic players were in top form.
The latest Indian Super League fixture saw Odisha FC collect their fourth consecutive victory with a 1-2 away success against Hyderabad FC. The struggling hosts slumped to their tenth defeat of the season after going into an early lead thanks to Marcelinho. However, playing under caretaker coach Mehrajuddin Wadoo, the side soon lost control of the game.
From missing a penalty, to conceding one and going down to ten men, the reigns of the match were handed to Odisha, for whom Aridane scored a brace. Josep Gombau‘s men maintained their winning run with an impressive collective performance from their domestic players, who contributed to the success of their team as much as the foreigners.
Here are the player ratings from Hyderabad FC Vs Odisha FC in ISL 2019-20:
Kamaljit Singh- 4.5
Kamaljit Singh’s performance left a lot to be desired, as his suspect distribution and lack of proper handling got his team in unnecessary trouble on several occasions. He needs to command his area with more authority.
Dimple Bhagat- 3.5
The full-back had a nightmare of a debut after getting sent off following two yellow cards in the first half. The first booking came after he attempted to use his hand to prevent the opening goal. While the second card was shown after Bhagat fouled Santana in the box, leading to the penalty and Odisha’s second goal.
Gurtej Singh- 4.5
Gurtej Singh was again found lacking in composure when in possession of the ball and the lack of calmness resulted in him clearing the ball without a target, hence turning over possession cheaply. His defensive output was also lacking oz, as he found it difficult to deal with Santana’s physicality.
Asish Rai- 5.5
Keeping in line with his previous performances this season, Ashish Rai was a tireless workhorse in the right-back position. He made several darting runs down the wing to contribute in attack and also had to contend with a pacy Jerry Mawihmingthanga on the flank. His end-product needs more polishing.
Rohit Kumar- 5.0
The midfielder was taken off early in the game due to a knock in the back from a collision with Santana.
Adil Khan- 5.5
Adil Khan did his defensive duties well, by winning aerial duels and closing down spaces using his instinct developed by playing as a centre-back. However, it still begs to be wondered if playing him in midfield is the right choice, as his lack of creativity and pace allowed Odisha to dominate the ball.
Nikhil Poojary- 6.5
Nihkil Poojary started the game in an advanced position, more natural to his abilities. He looked sharp and struck a decent shot early in the game too.
However, the red card to Bhagat meant that Poojary had to shift to the left-back position, where he again impressed with a good eye for covering and clearances. Overall, a solid performance from him.
Sahil Tavora – 5.5
Due to Rohit’s unprecedented injury, Sahil Tavora was brought in off the bench. The midfielder had to do a lot of chasing, as Odisha’s possession-based gameplay made it tough for him to latch on to the ball and have any impact.
Mohammed Yasir- 5.5
Mohammed Yasir was brought on late in the game to affect a breakthrough with his pace and the midfielder almost contributed by delivering a pinpoint cross from the right flank which was headed agonizingly wide by Bobo.
Gaurav Bora- 6.0
Gaurav Bora is fast making a strong case as a good ball-playing centre-back that the Indian national team has been looking for. Playing alongside Delgado in Josep Gombau’s passing system has developed the defender’s skills on the ball. He has also matured as a centre-back and did well to cover spaces and made a few good clearances.
Shubham Sarangi- 5.5
Shubham Sarangi had a good match apart from the penalty incident, where the ball hit his arm inside the box. The defender was brilliant in his tackling and stood up to the challenge put forth by first Poojary and later Nestor Gordillo on his flank.
Narayan Das- 6.5
Narayan Das was one of the hardest working players on the field, as he made lung-bursting forward runs and looked comfortable on the ball. His defensive work-rate was also good and he maintained a good check on Asish Rai, who made several runs down the flank in order to deliver crosses into the box.
Nandhakumar Sekar- 5.5
Nandhakumar Sekar had to leave the field right before the end of the first half due to an injury. However, before his unfortunate knock, the winger contributed a lot by delivering dangerous crosses inside the box.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga- 5.5
Jerry was a livewire down the right flank. The Odisha youngster used his pace well to cause trouble for the Hyderabad defence. He was sharp on the ball and did not give away possession cheaply. A powerful shot from inside the box in the second half was one of his highlights from the game.
Vinit Rai- 7.0
Vinit Rai had a good game in the middle of the park, where he covered a lot of distance and recovered lost causes nicely. His tackling and distribution were also on point and the highlight of his game came when a curling shot attempted from outside the box rattled the bar.
Lalchhuanmawia Fanai- 5.0
Lalchhuanmawia Fanai was brought on early in the second half from the bench. However, the winger scuffed a couple of chances, leaving the tactician visibly frustrated.
Daniel Lalhlimpuia- 5.5
Daniel Lalhlimpuia replaced Xisco Hernandez early in the second half and the attacking midfielder did well to keep the ball rolling for his side and helped his team maintain a larger share of possession.