Hyderabad FC earned a close win against KBFC in the GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim(2-1). Goals from Bartholomew Ogbeche and Javier Siverio at each half gave them all three points. Vincy Barretto’s last minute goal reduced the deficit for us.
Ivan Vukomanovic made three changes as Chencho Gyeltshen had his first ever start in ISL-8. Sanjeev replaced Sandeep and Ayush replaced Jeakson in the midfield. Game started off with the Nizam’s touch and they had a shot on target in the first minute itself. Kerala Blasters sat deep and created chances whenever possible.
HFC took the lead through Ogbeche in the 28th minute. Rohit Danu gave a header pass to the former Blaster and he managed to score amidst the pressure from Bijoy and Lesko. After conceding the goal Blasters looked more lethal. We created plenty of chances but failed to convert them. Chencho had a sure shot chance right before half-time to equalise, but his attempts hit the crossbar.
Second half was more of an equal game. Blasters tried to attack and find that goal as early as possible and many chances came in their way. Chencho’s shot was denied by Kattimani on goal which went out for a corner. Luna’s corner kick was accurate for Khabra but his header hit the woodwork. Later Vazquez nearly scored his sixth of the season. Chencho collected a quick throw-in from Luna and gave a parallel pass to Alvaro, who made a beautiful back-flick to beat two HFC defenders and took the shot, but again Kattimani saved it.
Minutes later, the Spaniard of KBFC once again came close to a goal, his shot from Ayush’s corner was once again saved by Kattimani. Gill pulled off two brilliant saves at the other end as he denied Danu and Ogbeche within seconds. Rahul KP and Vincy Barretto came in as substitutes for the final fifteen minutes. Kerala Blasters continued to knock doors but we failed to find an equaliser. In the 87th minute Javier Siverio sealed the game for Nizams as he headed home to a two goal lead from Nikhil Poojary’s cross.
KBFC tried to reduce the deficit and got results at the end. A free-kick from almost the middle of the pitch reached the box and Rahul KP gave a header pass to Vincy. He adjusted the position and produced a missile-like shot to the top corner which gave Kattimani no chance to save it. But that was too late and the match ended after six minutes of added time.
Kerala Blasters will remain in the fifth position after this defeat. We fight, but those missed chances cost us three big points. Kerala Blasters will face Chennaiyin FC two days later, on 26th February 2022 at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco.
KBFC XI:- Prabhsukhan Singh Gill(GK), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, V Bijoy, Marko Leskovic, Sanjeev Stalin, Ayush Adhikari, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Adrian Luna, Sahal Abdul Samad, Alvaro Vazquez Garcia, Chencho Gyeltshen.
Subs :- Karanjit Singh(GK), Enes Sipovic, Hormipam Ruivah, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Rahul KP, Vincy Barretto, Yendrembam Denechandra Meitei, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Sachin Suresh(GK).
HFC XI:- Laxmikant Kattimani(GK), Nim Dorjee Tamang, Chinglensana Singh, Juanan, Akash Mishra, Jao Victor Bruno, Souvik Chakraborty, Mohammed Yasir, Joel Chianese, Rohit Danu, Bartholomew Ogbeche.
Subs:- Gurmeet Singh(GK), Khassa Camara, Aniket Jadhav, Aaren D’Silva, Sahil Tavora, Hitesh Sharma, Nikhil Poojary, Pritam Kumar Singh, Javier Siverio.