The two teams played out a tight draw with neither team convincing in attack.
Chennaiyin FC and Hyderabad FC played out the first drawn game in this contest, as both teams settled for a 1-1 stalemate at the Fatorda. Sajid Dhot continued his impressive start to life with the two-time champions. The defender rose the highest to head home in the 13th minute to give the Marina Machans the lead.
Bartholomew Ogbeche-less Hyderabad FC pushed and prodded for the equalizer and eventually found it through Javier Siverio just before half-time. Despite both teams’ best efforts, neither wanted to give away any room and eventually settled for a point each. The game saw Chennaiyin miss out on getting into the playoff spots, while Hyderabad missed another opportunity to cut the gap at the top.
Here are Khel Now’s player ratings from the Chennaiyin FC vs Hyderabad FC clash on Thursday night.
Chennaiyin FC (by Kaushik Vishwanath)
Debjit Majumder (GK) – 7.0
Once again excelled in goal for the Marina Machans. Made nine saves, including some acrobatic ones to keep his side in the game.
Mohd Sajid Dhot – 6.5
Scored the opener on the night, but he was also guilty of not marking Siverio well for Hyderabad’s equalizer. The centre-back won one tackle, completed four clearances and one interception.
Slavko Damjanovic – 6.0
Led his defence decently well, but wasn’t at his usual best. He completed 75% of his passes and made five clearances on the night.
Narayan Das – 6.5
Once again did well at the back. Narayan won two tackles, made five clearances, one interception and blocked shots to get a point for his side on the night. He also completed 88% of his passes.
Ninthoinganba Meetei – 7.0
Impressed at right-back for the Marina Machans. Showed great energy on the right flank. Created a chance on the night and sent in two crosses.
His two shots saw one on target and one which struck the crossbar late in the game. Won three of his 11 attempted tackles, made one clearance and three interceptions. He was taken off in the 91st minute.
Edwin Vanspaul – 6.0
Struggled once again in midfield while having to contend with the quality of Joao Victor and Souvik. Did decently well in defence winning two tackles, making six clearances and one interception. But, his attacking instincts really seem to have taken a hit this season. He was taken off in the 89th minute.
Germanpreet Singh – 6.0
Didn’t offer a lot but was decent in his night’s work. Had the second-highest number of touches by any CFC player on the night (57) and completed 70% of his 37 attempted passes. His only other standout contribution was making four interceptions.
Anirudh Thapa – 7.0
The best player on the night for the Marina Machans along with Ninthoi and Debjit. The skipper covered every blade of grass for his side and contributed everywhere. Thapa covered the most distance by any player on the night (10.2 km).
He also had the most touches by any Chennaiyin FC player (65) and completed 61% of his passes. He assisted Sajid Dhot’s opener for his side. Intercepted the ball successfully thrice.
Jerry Lalrinzuala – 6.0
Struggled to get himself up the pitch and provide to the attack, but did well in defence. Jerry won three of his four tackles, made four clearances and two interceptions. Completed 74% of his passes.
Mirlan Murzaev – 6.5
Once again looked Chennaiyin FC’s best attacking threat on the night and his dribbling and movement caused a lot of problems for Hyderabad FC.
But, he once again failed to combine with Valskis. Took two shots with one of them on target. Completed 71% of his passes, and won two of his three attempted tackles. He also made one interception and one clearance respectively.
Nerijus Valskis- 5.0
The Lithuanian didn’t receive any service and looked way off colour. Two fouls, 46% pass completion, zero shots and one clearance indicate the performance of a man left frustrated with his game and a lack of service on the night. He was taken off in the 63rd minute.
Lukasz Gikiewicz – 6.0
Seemed to improve Chennaiyin FC’s gameplay with this physicality and passing after coming on in the 63rd minute. Had one of his two attempted shots on target and completed 86% of his passes on the night.
Rahim Ali – 6.0
Came on with Lukasz post the hour mark and showed glimpses of getting in on goal. But, ultimately didn’t threaten Kattimani a lot. Completed 92% of his passes and made one clearance and one interception.
Lallianzuala Chhangte – N/A
Came on in the final minutes of the game and didn’t have a lot to contribute other than two poor crosses and a 33% pass completion.
Reagan Singh – N/A
Came on as a last-minute change for Ninthoi and hence had no scope for any contribution other than two attempted crosses.
Hyderabad FC (by Waseem Zaidi)
Laxmikant Kattimani (GK) – 6.0
Laxmikant Kattimani did not have enough to do as Hyderabad FC dominated most of the possession. He could have done better to prevent Sajid Dhot from scoring. The custodian made some crucial saves in the late stages.
Asish Rai – 6.5
The right-back was industrious as ever. He made several darting runs down the right and kept a good check on Murzaev. Rai created two scoring chances, but had the crucial assist for Siverio’s goal.
Chinglensana Singh – 6.5
Chinglensana Singh did not look troubled for major parts of the match. However, the centre-back could have done better to mark CFC’s line during the first goal. Overall, he made eight clearances, which suggest he read the game very well.
Juanan – 6.5
The leader in Hyderabad’s defensive backline was solid as ever. After conceding the first goal, he kept the opposition forward relatively quiet.
His marking of Nerijus Valskis was particularly impressive, as the Spaniard did not let the striker have a single shot on target.
Akash Mishra – 7.0
The left-back was superb on the evening and his work-rate was noticeable on the wing. He combined well with Aniket Jadhav, especially in the first half to create multiple scoring chances. Mishra attempted four crosses, had two successful tackles and had 81% passing accuracy.
Joao Victor – 5.5
Joao Victor was not at his best on the night. The skipper received a yellow card and cut a frustrated figure for the majority of the match. He had 92% passing accuracy, but could not influence the team enough in the final third.
Souvik Chakraborty – 6.0
Throughout the 62 minutes Souvik Chakraborty played, the midfielder was quite mediocre. Chakraborty made around three attempts, but could register only one on target. He even maintained a passing accuracy of 82% in the process.
Edu Garcia – 7.5
Edu Garcia was the main creative outlet for Hyderabad FC and made several important attacking moves. The Spaniard had two shots on target and created a whopping nine scoring chances. He was flawless while in possession of the ball.
Nikhil Poojary – 7.5
The winger was electric throughout the evening and kept the full-backs on their toes. He delivered around 14 passes although could complete only four. However, the statistics do not do justice to the work-rate Poojary showed.
Aniket Jadhav – 7.5
Ankit Jadhav upheld himself as one of the best players for Hyderabad FC. The winger took five shots although having only one on the target. Jadhav made almost eight crosses and created two chances throughout the 81 minutes he played.
Javier Siverio – 8.0
The 24-year-old Spaniard was exceptional as he scored a brilliant equalizer. Filling in for Ogbeche, Siverio was brilliant in his movement and had five shots on target. He could have scored way more if the finishing was a little more composed.
Sahil Tavora – 6.0
Sahil Tavora replaced Souvik in midfield to inject more energy. He was astute in his duties. Tavora had 14 touches on the ball and showed a great sense of hunger.
Yasir Mohammad – 5.5
Yasir Mohammad did more in the defensive third than in attack. He had one clearance and tracked back diligently in the last stages of the match to keep the scores level.
Aaren D’Silva – 5.5
The winger only had six touches on the ball in nine minutes of game-time and could not do enough to influence the match.