The Blues took the lead early in the game but had to settle for a draw.
Carles Cuadrat and Bengaluru FC must be heart-broken by the end of the match, as an injury-time strike by Robin Singh spoiled their plans of getting all three points away from home. A 10-man Hyderabad showed plenty of grit and resolve to get a point in what was a thrilling 1-1 draw.
Sunil Chhetri opened the floodgates in the second minute and it looked enough, until Robin Singh had other ideas at the very death. Carles Cuadrat, who named an unchanged XI from their 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters sounded visibly frustrated, knowing they missed the chance to go top of the table.
“I feel frustrated and my players feel frustrated. It was a good opportunity to get the three points, as we were in the lead from the first minute. But, we were not good enough to increase that goal difference. When you’re only one goal up, these things happen (referring to the goal conceded at the very death).”
“We have seen that movie a lot of times in football. I was talking to my assistants about this, that in the last moment, anything can happen and it’s true. I have to congratulate Hyderabad for trying so hard until the end. We were not able to score the final goal, that’d give us the victory.”
Bengaluru would feel hard done by that they were in clear control of the game, which saw Hyderabad FC being reduced to 10 players in the 56th minute, when Sahil Panwar saw a red card. Cuadrat revealed that this did not surprise him given his vast experience working in football.
“I am frustrated, yes, but not in shock. I have been in the football industry all my life, so I have seen these kinds of situations a lot of times. Sometimes, it works out for you, sometimes it works against you. You can see that Hyderabad lost the points in injury-time last week and now they get a point in injury-time tonight.”
“They were aware of their situation until the end. So, at the last moment they put in extra effort and pushed the opponent into the box via long balls, second balls, via throw-ins and free-kicks. We had to increase the distance between us and them and we didn’t.”
Cuadrat slams Referees
The Spaniard did not hold back from slamming the referees on the issue surrounding Marcelinho’s challenge on Raphael Augusto. He got away with just a yellow card after a dangerous lunge on the player. “In football, everyone’s a professional, except the referees. The referees are not professional. The referees are a disaster. It was a penalty and a red card for Marcelinho, but it was a disaster this week as well.”