ReportThe first half wasn’t the most exciting, as neither side could create any real goalscoring chances until the 43rd minute, when Brandon Fernandes hung up a cross towards Igor Angulo, whose flicked header just went high of the top corner. Hyderabad FC’s first opportunity came in the 50th minute when Akash Mishra danced his way up the left flank and let fly from the edge of the box, but he cut across the ball with his right foot and his effort swerved wide. Four minutes later, Halicharan Narzary slipped João Victor through on goal on the right, but the Brazilian midfielder failed to beat Mohammad Nawaz with his effort. The Nizams finally broke the deadlock in the 58th minute, when Ashish Rai hung a cross towards Aridane, who managed to get enough power on his header to beat the keeper despite having to take a couple of steps backwards to meet the ball.
Three minutes later, Mohammed Yasir cut inside from the right and fired a shot from the edge of the box, but it just went over the crossbar. However, it was FC Goa who bagged a stoppage-time winner once again through Igor Angulo, who burst up the left, checked inside the defender and beat the keeper with his low finish to the far post. https://twitter.com/TheBoringfollwr/status/1344311747868413953 That proved to be Hyderabad’s last chance to salvage a point, so it was Goa who came away with a 2-1 win.
Just what we wanted Ishaan Pandita on scoresheet…🧡🧡🧡🧡 🔥🔥🔥🔥 #ForcaGoa— prAVIn (@LazyLad31) December 30, 2020
Key Talking Point
Another Unrewarded PerformanceAfter back-to-back defeats which marked the end of their unbeaten start, Hyderabad FC were in for a real test tonight, not just in terms of quality but also in terms of character. What they wanted was quite clear in the first half, when they had to settle with less possession and did so in a resolute defensive shape. The Nizams pressed coherently, denying FC Goa any time on the ball in their own half, and in doing so, preventing them from building any substantial attacks. They made it obvious that they were much happier to not lose this match instead of going all out for a win. They grew into the match in the second period, creating a number of chances early on and finally capitalising through Aridane’s powerful header. The test wasn’t complete there, however, as they then had to hold on to the lead. Unfortunately, they failed that test, and it was a late set-piece that proved to be their undoing once again. Then, the Nizams conceded yet again when their defence was caught all out of shape.
This Hyderabad FC performance certainly warranted a point at the very least, but some late lapses meant that they had to walk away disappointed once again.
Two good teams going against each other in an intense game was great cap off the year but heartbroken for the young HFC team. This is exactly how I felt when NZ lost the CWC last year. Sport is cruel sometimes. Winner takes all!— Vinod Ramnath (@NaanumEngineer) December 30, 2020
Side Note: PLAY SUBRATA PAUL EVERY GAME.#HFCFCG