- Javier Siverio (18')
Hyderabad FC reclaimed their place at the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) table after a 1-0 victory over FC Goa at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Hyderabad today. Javier Siverio ('10) scored the only goal of the game, whereas Goa's Alvaro Vazquez, who had come on as a substitute, missed a penalty in the 83rd minute, as Carlos Pena's side picked up their first loss of the season.
Both sides were heading into this game unbeaten in the season. Goa had a 100% win record after two games, while Hyderabad had collected seven points after three games.
Hyderabad were unchanged from last week's win over Bengaluru FC. FC Goa, on the other hand, made two changes - Ayush Chhetri and goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh were included in the starting XI, with Glan Martins and Dheeraj Moirangthem dropped to the bench.
The hosts took the lead in the 10th minute. A throw-in directed towards Bartholomew Ogbeche's head from the left flank was flicked by the Nigerian onto the path of the onrushing Siverio, who made no mistake with his finish, expertly placing the ball into the bottom left corner with his left foot.
In the 23rd minute, Noah Sadaoui, who was finding space in the left channel throughout the first half, played Redeem Tlang in. The winger only had goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani to beat, but his lobbed effort was tame.
Pena made a double switch before heading into the second half. Marc Valiente and Tlang made way for Fares Arnaout and Makan Chothe.
The second half started with both sides showing greater urgency. Hyderabad FC more aggressive, attempting to put Goa on the backfoot by overloading the flanks.
Sadaoui was found clear on goal four minutes later for FC Goa, but some good work from Kattimani once again, who was quick off his line, forced the Morrocan to delay his shot, and take it from a difficult angle.
In the dying stages of the game, Goa were given a penalty against the run of play. Akash Mishra went flying into the path of Vazquez in the box, and the striker took it upon himself to take the penalty, but his shot went wide.
The game was quite frenetic for the next few minutes. Six minutes of added time were signalled, during which Edu Bedia had a chance to equalise in the 95th minute after being found on the far post, but Kattimani denied him with a brilliant save and ensured the three points would stay in Hyderabad.
- Crystal John