The Nigerian striker has now scored 11 goals this season and leads the Golden Boot race.

Hyderabad FC rode on a brilliant hat-trick from Bartholomew Ogbeche to trounce SC East Bengal 4-0 and move to the top of the points table. The Nizams made an attacking start and soon found an opening, when SC East Bengal goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya made a hash of Obgbeche’s harmless header from a corner and parried the ball into his own net.

Mario Rivera’s men tried their best to produce a comeback, but two goals in as many minutes from Ogbeche and Aniket Jadhav towards the end of the first half, killed the game. The 37-year-old Nigerian then completed his hat-trick in the second half, taking his season’s tally to 11 goals. The win ended Hyderabad FC’s three-game winless run, while SC East Bengal once again dropped to the bottom.

SC East Bengal vs Hyderabad FC Match Highlights

The win took Hyderabad to the summit of the standings, with 20 points from 12 games. Kerala Blasters have the same number of points from a game less, but are behind on goal-difference. SC East Bengal, meanwhile, dropped to the bottom yet again and have nine points.

Here is how the players from Hyderabad FC and SC East Bengal fared on the night:

SC East Bengal (by Rajdeep Saha)

Arindam Bhattacharya – 5.5

The former SC East Bengal captain was culpable for Hyderabad’s first goal, as he spilled the ball and parried it into his own net.

Bhattacharya did manage to make five saves in the match, a couple of them coming at the fag end of the game, to save his team from further humiliation.

Amarjit Singh Kiyam – 6.5

The makeshift right-back was yet again solid on the right flank. He registered two clearances, two interceptions and four tackles.

Adil Khan – 6.0

He was part of a leaky defence and was sloppy at times. Nonetheless, the defender cleared the ball seven times and made two important interceptions.

Franjo Prce – 5.5

Prce won 100% of his aerial duels (five out of five), but missed from the penalty spot, which could have given SC East Bengal some solace on an otherwise disappointing night.

Ankit Mukherjee – 6.0

The defender made four interceptions and one tackle. He wasn’t accurate in his passes (69%).

Naorem Mahesh Singh – 6.0

He kept the pressure on the Nizams, especially in the first half. Helped the team defend with four tackles, but couldn’t get on the scoresheet.

Darren Sidoel – 6.5

The Dutch midfielder had an impressive performance. He had a couple of interceptions and tackles and also won three out of four ground duels.

Sourav Das – 6.0

The midfielder was good in passing the ball around with an accuracy of 76%. He also won four out of seven duels.

Mohammed Rafique – 7.0

Perhaps the best player for the Red and Gold tonight. He had two key passes and won eight out of 12 ground duels. Defensively, he made three interceptions and three tackles.

Thongkosiem Haokip – 5.5

The forward had an average outing. He had a solitary shot on target, lost possession six times and committed two fouls.

Antonio Perosevic – 6.5

The Croatian had a decent outing on his comeback. Perosevic made three key passes, had a shot on target and overall was lively in the final third.

Substitutes:

Hira Mondal – 5.5

He cleared the ball once and kept a check on all the runs being made on the left flank.

Marcelo Ribeiro – 5.5

The Brazilian was handed his ISL debut and showed glimpses of hold-up play. He was involved in a controversial penalty decision.

Wahengbam Angousana – 6.0

In the 20 minutes he played in, he had an 85% passing accuracy.

Jackichand Singh – N/A

The winger came on for the last 10 minutes and didn’t have much impact on the game.

Lalrinliana Hnamte – N/A

The same goes for Hnamte. Couldn’t do much in the last few minutes of the match.

Hyderabad FC (By Riddhiman Sarkar)

Laxmikant Kattimani – 8.0

Responded well whenever called upon as he nullified East Bengal’s attacking threats. Made a foul inside the box as he committed himself for a challenge, but brilliantly saved the resultant spot-kick. Made four saves in total.

Asish Rai – 7.0

Combined well with Nikhil Poojary as he bombarded up and down the right flank. Received a yellow card early on, but came off for Nim Dorjee Tamang in the 81st minute, with two clearances.

Joao Victor- 7.0

The captain hit a tame shot at goal from a free-kick that was dealt with by Arindam Bhattacharya in the first half. He also made a goal-line clearance and showcased his defensive awareness, while also winning two out of three of his ground duels. 

Chinglensana Singh – 7.0

Equally comfortable on the ball and while dispossessing SC East Bengal players. The strong centre-back made six clearances and had a 91% passing accuracy.

Akash Mishra – 7.0

Resolute display at left-back, as he frequently helped out the defence while contributing to the build-up. Substituted in the 81st minute for Pritam Singh, after winning three out of four aerial duels and five of eight ground duels. 

Hitesh Sharma – 7.0

Helped Souvik Chakrabarti advance forward and assisted him in pulling the strings in the middle of the park. Released Aniket Jadhav for Hyderabad’s third.

He came off in the 81st minute for Mark Zothanpuia, after having won eight out of his 15 duels and completing 81% of his passes.

Souvik Chakrabarti – 7.0

Put some good deliveries into the box and commanded the midfield in a box-to-box role. Came off for Sahil Tavora in the 70th minute after getting 48 touches on the ball. 

Nikhil Poojari – 6.5

Showed off his finesse in dribbling and passing, as he made an early run into the East Bengal box and followed it up with an intelligent low cross for Javier Siverio. Attempted two crosses and completed one.

Bartholomew Ogbeche – 9.0

Added to his goal tally with a header in the 21st minute from a corner. Got his second in composed fashion, as he out-muscled his way through the defence and rounded Arindam to roll the ball into an empty net in the 44th minute. Ogbeche then completed his hat-trick with a first-time finish at Arindam’s near post. Has now scored 11 goals this season.

Aniket Jadhav – 7.5

Got a header on target from Asish Rai’s cross, but it bounced straight into the gloves of Arindam. Constant threat from the left, as he got his first goal of the night, when he cut inside and finished with a low-placed shot into the far corner in first half stoppage time. Came off for Joel Chianese in the 61st minute with three shots on target.  

Javier Siverio – 7.0

Actively linked up play, as he set Ogbeche loose for Hyderabad’s second from a skewed clearance. Could’ve gotten on the end of a few more chances to get a goal, as he finished the game with five shots on goal and missed two big chances.

Substitutes

Joel Chianese – 6.5

Almost got himself on the scoresheet and kept the left flank lively. Completed one take-on and attempted one shot on goal. 

Sahil Tavora – 6.5

Like-for-like substitute for Souvik Chakrabarti. He completed 100% of his passes. 

Nim Dorjee – 6.5

Made one tackle and helped keep Hyderabad’s clean-sheet after coming on. 

Mark Zothanpuia- 6.5

Won two out of his three ground duels and did not have much to do. 

Pritamkumar Singh- 6.5

Almost let Haokip score, but recovered to make one interception and one clearance.

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