The 66th match of the Indian Super League between Hyderabad FC and Mumbai City FC was an exciting one with a nail biting finish in the end. The match in the first half was dull until a penalty was given to the away side before the half time which was a harsh one to give by the referee and was tucked away by Larbi. After the away side scored, the home team started to put more pressure and press to get the possession and go on counter attacks but were not good enough to finish the chances created. The second half continued with HFC keeping the ball and building attacks but their failure to convert their chances could have cost them the result. On the 93rd minute of the game Hyderabad FC were awarded a penalty after Bobo was adjudged to have brought down by the Mumbai defender. Marko Stankovic was never in doubt as he scored the penalty just before the full time whistle came. The penultimate home match of Hyderabad was an exciting encounter to watch as Mumbai would have hoped of an win to boost their top four hopes and winning the ISL this season but looked lethargic in the last few minutes which resulted them in dropping 2 points today which could be a big loss in their chase for a top four finish. Hyderabad have improved their performances under the new interim coach Albert Roca who is helping the squad to have a strong finish to end the season positively.
Here are the five major talking points of the match :
Unlucky Handball: The first goal of the match was scored by Mohamed Larbi as he converted a penalty which was given as a handball against Adil Khan. It was a harsh decision as there was no place to move when Kevyn Serge was played a through ball and he lifted the ball which touched the hand of Adil. It should have been a corner instead and this meant HFC conceded first again this season.
Hyderabad lacked the finishing: The home side created a lot of chances just to lack a good finishing by any player at the end of the play. Every corner that HFC got they had free headers every time but couldn’t head it towards the target. Their setplays were good but lacked the final touch as they searched for an equaliser after the away side had scored. With the new man in charge the quality plays and passing will bring some joy to this squad next season as they finish the season at thebottom of the table.
Dominating the game doesn’t win games:
Today’s match was an example of irrespective of how many chances you create and no matter how much possession based game you play, without a finisher you will not win you the game. Hyderabad were frustrated by the lack of finishing as they failed to score from open play even after creating most chances.
Ashish Rai: The most consistent player in the squad along with Matt Kilgallon has impressed yet again in the latest match as he was everywhere on the pitch contributing to both attack and helping his team out with defending. This guy has improved so much that he is the best young attacking fullback I have seen in recent past for his age. He will be the one player who can cement his spot as the first choice fullback for the Indian national team in the near future.
Last minute penalty rescues Hyderabad: A last minute penalty saves the day for Hyderabad as they were closer to a home loss yet again but Mumbai City gave away the penalty as Bobo was brought down in the penalty area. The second penalty of the match was scored by Marko Stankovic calmly to the right of Amrinder’s goal to ensure the home side a point to share the spoils today.