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ISL 2020-21 Hyderabad FC vs East Bengal SC: Hyderabad win, East Bengal misery continues
Hyderabad FC defeated SC East Bengal by 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco. The hosts came from behind to clinch the win in a 5-goal affair.
Jacques Maghoma gave East Bengal the lead in the first half but it was equalized by Aridane Santana in the second half, who also went on to earn the lead soon after. Halicharan Narzary extended the lead further for the hosts but Maghoma soon reduced the deficit, but couldn't save his side from another defeat this season.
It all started with Hyderabad FC dominating the game in terms of both possession and attacks. Odei Onaindia's header in the 13th minute was defended. Six minutes later, Aridane Santana's header posed a threat at the goal, forcing Debjit Majumder into a save, and was again forced into putting the ball out for a corner a minute later by another header by the same man.
But SC East Bengal drew the first blood against the run of play when Anthony Pilkington passed a ball to Matti Steinmann inside the box, and the German cut in to set up for Maghoma for a ball which the Congolese slotted into the back of the net. Hyderabad tried hard to respond but were unable to find the equalizer for the rest of the first half, despite a couple of good chances, one from Nikhil Poojary who glanced a header wide off the far post, followed by Aridane Santana's penalty which was saved by Debjit Majumder.
The second half, however, saw the tables get turned. Two goals scored in quick succession by Aridane Santana, first a deft header rising from a free-kick, and seconds later a first-time finish off a substitute Liston Colaco cross to put the hosts into the lead.
In the 61st minute, Liston was yet again in the buildup for the goal, as the Goan played a cross to Halicharan Narzary who finished it the first time to extend the lead to two goals for the hosts. Maghoma reduced the deficit in the 68th minute when his header off a free-kick ended up into the back of the net, but the Red and Gold brigade were unable to equalize, as the scoreline remained 3-2 in favour of Hyderabad at the blow of full-time whistle.
Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez was happy with the outcome, "I think in the first half, we didn't deserve to lose. I think we failed or missed a lot of chances in the first half, even a penalty [by Santana]. In football, sometimes, these kinds of things happen. At halftime we were quiet, we spoke about the game, and that we had to play the same way in the second half,” he said.
“In the last 10 minutes, we didn't know how to play the game. Maybe it is my fault too because the team was very nervous. It's normal because we were winning 3-1 and they scored. In the last minutes, you always think they can have some chances but fortunately for us, the final score was 3-2,” he added.
He praised substitute Liston Colaco, who made immediate effect after coming on,
"Liston is a very, very good player but sometimes you have to have some players on the bench. When the opponent is tired, I think the performance of Liston is better.”
With two wins and three draws from five games, Hyderabad is still undefeated. While expanding on their unbeaten start in ISL 2020-21, the Hyderabad head coach said: “We are very, very proud of all the players. People know that we are playing with a lot of Indian guys. It's very difficult because they have a good level but playing a lot of games and continuing to fight in every game and remain unbeaten is not easy.”
SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler feels that the team could still qualify for the knockout if they improve, "There's still a possibility [of qualifying for the semis], of course. We need to improve massively. It's still not over. We still got a lot of points to play for, we still got a lot of performances left in us,” he said.
Looking ahead, Fowler hopes that better results are just around the corner for his team. “We have to get on with it and hopefully, the next one will be a better result. We will work on the training pitch as we always do,” Fowler said.