ISL 2020-21 Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters HIGHLIGHTS: Hyderabad FC beat Kerala Blasters 4-0 in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 during Match No.96 at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Goa on Tuesday. With the win, Hyderabad FC climbed up the third spot ahead of NorthEast United FC and FC Goa and this big wins gives them a huge advantage in the race for the playoffs. Joao Victor pokes in Aridane’s header from another Sastre free kick. Aridane Santana heads in a Lluis Sastre’s free kick to score Hyderabad FC’s third goal. Fran Sandaza converts from the spot to double Hyderabad FC’s lead. Delhi boy Ayush Adhikari makes his ISL debut as he replaces Hooper. Sandaza breaks the deadlock to give Hyderabad FC the lead. A huge miss from Joel Chianese right after the start of the second half as he is through on goal but shoots it over. A few half chances for Kerala Blasters but they haven’t been able to make them count. For Hyderabad FC, there’s just not been enough from them on the ball. It’s been a scrappy start to the game with none of the team being able to keep hold of the ball for long.
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Hyderabad FC and Kerala Blasters last met on December 27 and the Blasters sprung a surprise with a 2-0 win. Central defender Abdul Hakku and Jordan Murray had scored the two goals to get Kerala the win. Hyderabad had more of the possession in that match, took more shots but equal number of shots on target (5) with Kerala Blasters. The Blasters were just more clinical and off their 14 shots, got two into the back of the net.
Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez made it clear that he was not going to take Kerala Blasters lightly even if they had a leaky defence. “All the other teams, from Kerala who are second from the bottom, till the top positions, can climb positions in the table,” he said. “We will play with Kerala with our style. We will not change that because (we need to win). We are nine games unbeaten but six of them are draws. We have to continue in the same vein and try to win the game because our season has been fantastic. We want to be in the top four.”
Plenty of drama can be expected from these two sides right until the final whistle. Fourteen of Kerala’s 22 goals have come in the second half while Hyderabad have scored 16 goals after the break – the second-most by a side this season. “We have a lack of balance between attack and defense,” Vicuna stated. “Most of our games, we have been creating more chances than the opponents but we are not getting the points. We have to improve this aspect. We are working and analysing our mistakes. We are trying to have a more positive percentage in the relation between creating chances and scoring goals.”
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