The Nizams conceded a disappointing defeat after missing majority of their squad to COVID-19.
Jamshedpur FC leapfrogged Hyderabad FC to the top of the points table in the Indian Super League, with a dominating 3-0 win at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim. An own-goal from Chinglensana Singh added to strikes from Peter Hartley and Daniel Chima gave Owen Coyle’s men the precious three points. The win also confirmed their playoffs qualification, for the first time in their short history.
The match was not quite even, as it was originally intended to be. Hyderabad FC were missing several of their key figures due to COVID-19 and had to play with a weakened lineup. Having said that, the Men of Steel delivered a professional performance. The victory take Jamshedpur FC two points clear at the top, while Hyderabad FC drop to second with 35 points. Owen Coyle’s men also have a game in hand over the Nizams.
Looking back at the contest between the table-toppers, here are the player ratings:
Hyderabad FC (by Waseem Zaidi)
Gurmeet Singh (GK) – 3.0
Watching Gurmeet Singh in action justifies why Laxmikant Kattimani is the starting goalkeeper for Hyderabad FC. The custodian was all over the place, failing to command the defence in set-pieces. Conceding three goals was an obvious negative.
Nikhil Poojary – 6.5
The skipper on the night was playing as a right-back. While struggling to contribute to the attack, he made some impact in defence. Coming away with four successful tackles, five clearances and a block will be disappointing because his team still conceded three goals.
Chinglensana Singh – 4.5
The centre-back, who is usually a very composed figure, was looking nervy without the presence of Juanan around him. His inadvertent touch led to the first goal, awarding him the credit for it. His poor clearance led to the third goal as well. A night to forget for Singh in Hyderabad FC colours.
Khassa Camara – 2.5
The first start since signing for Hyderabad FC did not go according to plan for the midfielder, who was playing as a makeshift centre-back. He will quickly like to forget this day. The player struggled to mark Hartley, who caused the opening goal and scored the second. Camara’s poor clearance in the second half led to the third goal.
Akash Mishra – 7.0
Perhaps the only silver-lining from the match for the Nizams. The left-back did his duties well and was relentless on the left flank, keeping Seiminlen Doungel in check. He had 71 touches on the ball and made four successful interceptions.
Sauvik Chakrabarti – 5.5
Sauvik had huge responsibilities on his shoulders, being the only defensive-minded midfielder in the partnership with Joel Chianese. He crumbled under that pressure to sum it up. Having said that, Chakrabarti created one scoring chance and fired one shot into the stands.
Joel Chianese – 5.5
The Australian was playing in a more defensive role, due to the shortage of experience in midfield. However, his shortcomings were brutally exposed by Alex Lima. Chianese, otherwise an attacking midfielder, failed to take any shot on goal or create a scoring chance.
Aniket Jadhav – 6.5
The left winger came very close to reducing the two-goal gap in the first half after some silky footwork. Apart from delivering three crosses, he was rather quiet on the evening.
Yasir Mohammad – 6.0
Otherwise more comfortable as a winger, Yasir played in the No.10 role and did not look convincing. The player had one shot on target in 60 minutes of game-time. Although, he could not create any scoring chances, which is a major need from the role he was occupying.
Abdul Rabeeh- 5.5
The midfielder played for the duration of the first half and was replaced by the tactician at the break. During his time on the pitch, he could not make a major impact, with only 20 touches on the ball. His most notable contribution was strangely in tackling, with three successful tackles out of four.
Javier Siverio – 6.5
The young Spaniard led the line for Hyderabad FC tonight. He came the closest to breaking the deadlock and scoring for Hyderabad, but it was not meant to be. Apart from getting a yellow card, he had one shot on target.
Mark Zothanpuia – 6.0
The youngster was busy in the middle of the park after coming on. He completed 22 of 28 passes and also had one shot on goal, which went off target.
Rohit Danu – 5.5
The youngster played for 30 minutes and only had eight touches on the ball. Expectedly, could not make any impact on the proceedings.
Pritam Singh – 6.0
The defender had 20 touches in 13 minutes of game-time, delivering one cross and coming away with 11 successful passes out of 13.
Amritpal Singh – N/A
Came on too late.
Jamshedpur FC (By JN Balraj)
Rehnesh TP (GK) – 7.0
The Jamshedpur FC custodian was not tested much from scoring range and he dealt well with the long range shooting from Hyderabad attackers. Finally, one save was enough for him to bag maximum points.
Laldinliana Renthlei – 7.5
The energetic full-back completely dominated the right flank and kept Aniket (Jadhav) and Akash (Mishra) at bay. He had 51 touches, created one chance and won six of his seven duels.
Peter Hartley – 8.0
The captain was vocal and organized his defence well to maintain the lead. He made three clearances, one interception and had three shots on target. Hartley scored the second goal and was involved in the opener too.
Eli Sabia – 7.5
The towering Brazilian made four clearances, one interception and blocked two shots. He created a chance too. Sabia won all his six aerial duels and held his defence tight with the skipper.
Ricky Lallawmawma – 6.5
The experienced left-back made one interception and two successful tackles. He won five duels and played 21 passes with 72% accuracy.
Pronay Halder – 7.0
The seasoned midfielder was lively against foreigners Joel and Camara. Pronay won an astonishing 10 duels and played five long balls.
Alex Lima – 9.5
The Brazilian filled in the shoes of Greg Stewart perfectly. He was a perfect box-to-box player in the game, contributing in every department. Lima created a whooping nine chances and provided two assists. Defensively, he made three tackles.
Seiminlen Doungel – 6.5
The winger looked out of touch in the attacking third. But, he contributed in defence with two tackles and as many clearances.
Mobashir Rahman – 6.0
The local lad was having a great game until he got sent off for kicking Akash Mishra. In 28 touches, he played 16 passes and four direct balls. The first goal came from his deflected shot.
Ritwik Das – 6.5
The winger was a constant threat with his cheeky skills and dribbling. He attempted three dribbles and was fouled once. Ritwik took a shot on target, which was denied brilliantly by the Hyderabad FC goalkeeper.
Daniel Chima – 7.0
Fifth goal for the Nigerian striker in Jamshedpur FC’s colours and first against Hyderabad. Chima had 25 touches and attempted two shots in another heavy shift.
Jordan Murray – 7.0
Jordan had one shot on target and created several half-chances with his creativity in the limited 15 minutes he got to play.
Sandip Mandi – N/A
The youngster was brought in to replace Ritwik Das in the 85th minute and did not make any impact.
Anas Edathodika – N/A
Came on in the final minute of stoppage-time and made no contribution.
PC Dinpuia – N/A
Same as Anas, he also played for just one minute in the match and made just one pass.