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ISL 2020-21: The first 0-0 of the season as Bengaluru and Hyderabad disappoint at Fatorda

A lackluster and stale encounter between Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC as the game ended in a 0-0 draw with both teams heavily disappointing in the final third. Only 1 shot on target in the entire 90 minutes by both teams combined showed the lack of intensity in the game by both teams.

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The Hero ISL has been back with a bang and the excitement is visible on and off the pitch for a week now. The excitement & drama was tuned down tonight at the Fatorda when Bengaluru FC hosted Hyderabad FC. With both managers having something to build on from the first game, Bengaluru who drew last time out to Goa seemed to go all defensive against Hyderabad who surprisingly impressed in the first game.

Manuel Marquez set up his team to maintain the ball and build from the back. With the talent available on the pitch, Marquez decided against starting Liston Colaco who had impressed with his cameo in the first match and seemed almost inevitable that he would start this time. Dimas Delgado was also on the bench for Carles Cuadrat’s men in blue.

Hyderabad started on the front-foot somewhat surprisingly but with Bengaluru setting up to play on the counter, the team in yellow who looked confident on the ball in the first game decided to take charge of this one. The game was pretty scrappy in midfield during the first half where Hyderabad couldn’t find the verve in the final third and Bengaluru were just unable to do anything fruitful on the counter-attack themselves.

The only shot on target of the game came when a wonderful set-piece delivery by Hyderabad was powerfully headed onto goal by their captain Aridane Santana but the Bengaluru shot-stopper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu showed quick reflexes like a cat and clawed the ball away from the danger area. The keeper only had 0.36 seconds to react to the shot, considering which it was already a contender for the save of the season.

Hyderabad suffered two injuries, one in the 35th minute in which Chianese was replaced by Yasir and one at half-time in which Sastre was replaced by Hitesh Sharma. Dimas Delgado also came on at half-time to replace striker Opseth.

The second half inspite of the arrival of Dimas Delgado, didn’t show any particular promise for Bengaluru FC. They struggled consistently for good service towards DeShorn Brown and Sunil Chhetri, while the Indian Captain only had one lash at goal which flew miles of the target. With Bengaluru struggling, Hyderabad FC couldn’t find the killer pass they needed in the final third, but they did have 10 shots in the second half. Interestingly none of them on target.

Liston came on late for Hyderabad but even he couldn’t provide that extra push for 3 points while Bengaluru kept defending deep and held on to a point. A disappointing performance from both sets of players as they left the pitch with a point each. While Manuel Marquez could still be proud of his minnows, Carles Cuadrat was visibly fuming at his team and the officials on the final whistle with the decisions not seemingly going in his team’s favor.

A defensive masterclass by Chinglensana Komsham for Hyderabad FC at center-back earned him the Hero of the Match award. A doubleheader on Sunday, 29th November 2020 as Jamshedpur host Odisha at 5:00 pm IST & Chennaiyin host Kerala Blasters at 7:30 pm IST. Hope we get a more exciting football Sunday. Cheers!

 

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