Kerala Blasters took full advantage of a poor outing by Hyderabad…
Both coaches made wholesome changes in their respective starting lineups. While Eelco Schattorie made four changes in the Kerala Blasters lineup, Phil Brown brought in five new players in the Hyderabad XI.
After a lacklustre start to the match, Hyderabad FC added some much-needed spice to the match when Bobo broke the deadlock in the 14th minute. The move started with Bobo finding Abhishek Halder to his right who sent a through ball for Marcelinho inside the box. The Brazilian squared the ball in the middle and his compatriot pushed it into the net.
The hosts came back soon and equalised at the half-hour mark. From a quick counter-attack, Zuiverloon forwarded a defence-splitting through ball down the middle which Ogbeche picked up and found the back of the net after dribbling past Laxmikant Kattimani.
They soon scored a second from a very well-coordinated move. Seityasen Singh took a short corner and found Jeakson who squared the ball for Gning. The defensive midfielder forwarded a through ball again for Seityasen who sent a cross in the middle. Vlatko Drobarov did not make a mistake in heading the ball into the net.
Just at the stroke of half time, the hosts further extended their lead when Messi Bouli scored from Halicharan Narzary’s pass. Narzary and Ogbeche exchanged a quick one-two near the box before the winger squared the ball in the middle and Messi pushed the ball into the net.