Bartholomew Ogbeche's brace, against NorthEast United, took him atop the Indian Super League's all-time scorers' list. It also saw Hyderabad cruise to a 5-0 win over Khalid Jamil's outfit on Monday.
Ogbeche scored in the 3rd and 60th minute to take his tally to 14 goals this season and overall number to 49, one more than Sunil Chhetri and Ferran Corominas. Obgeche achieved the feat in just three and half years in the division.
Besides Ogbeche, Akash Mishra (45th), Nikhil Poojary (84th) and Edu Garcia (88th) also found the back of the net as Manolo Marquez's men cruised in Fatorda to stretch the lead at the top to four points. They now have 26 points from 14 games. NorthEast United's tumultuous season meanwhile saw a further low, as they remained on 10 points from 15 matches.
Ogbeche's first was an acrobatic effort from close range, as he scored off a rebound after Joao Victor's header pinged off the post. It was all Hyderabad after the first goal as they dictated the game and kept pressing the NorthEast United backline.
In first-half added time, they made it 2-0 with Akash Mishra scoring his second goal in as many games, heading in a Joel Chianese corner from the left side.
Ogbeche doubled his tally at the hour mark. The excellent Chianese whipped in a cross, which Subhashish Roy Choudhury dealt with only to see the ball sent back in towards the far post. Chianese headed the ball into the path of Ogbeche who nodded low with the ball scraping past the keeper and into the net.
There was drama in store Suhair Vadakkepeedika's goal was disallowed after the striker thought he had pulled one back for the Highlanders. Poojary piled on the misery for NorthEast United, getting on the scoresheet after substitute Sahil Tavora pinged him in behind the defence. Poojary ran in to hammer the ball hard and low, across the keeper.
It was 5-0 soon after, Edu Garcia joining the party with a late strike as Hyderabad not only consolidated their lead at the top.