ISL: Odisha rally to hold Hyderabad

Odisha FC players celebrate the equaliser. Photo: ISL

Margao: Odisha FC displayed fought back to hold Hyderabad FC to a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium, here on Tuesday.

Halicharan Narzary (13') put Hyderabad ahead at the break but saw his header cancelled out after a fine strike from Odisha's Cole Alexander (51').

It was one-way traffic in the opening half with Hyderabad all over Odisha. Their dominance saw them head into the break with a one-goal advantage after creating numerous chances in the opening half.

The warning signs were evident for Odisha in as early as the 11th minute when a mistake from keeper Arshdeep Singh almost gifted Hyderabad the lead. Asish Rai drilled a low cross into the box which was spilled by Arshdeep, and fell straight into the path of Narzary. The forward unleashed a shot but Jacob Tratt saved Odisha's blushes with a crucial block.

Halicharan Narzary of Hyderabad FC celebrate his goal with players during match 64 of the 7th season of the Hero Indian Super League between Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC  held at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa, India on the 19th January 2021

Photo by Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for ISL
Hyderabad FC players celebrate after scoring the opening goal of the match. Photo: ISL

However, just two minutes later, Hyderabad would go on to break the deadlock. After receiving a long ball from keeper Laxmikant Kattimani, Aridane Santana flicked it on towards Liston Colaco, who made a run in the box. The youngster squared it towards Narzary, who notched up his fourth goal of the season with an easy tap-in.

The Nizams had a golden opportunity to double their tally in the first-half but were denied by the woodwork. Colaco was involved in the move again, playing the ball to Aridane, who found Narzary on the left. The goal-scorer cut inside and fired a shot towards the bottom corner, which unfortunately came off the upright before being cleared out.

It didn't take long for Odisha to draw level as they scored from a set-piece against the run of play soon after the break. Rakesh Pradhan found Diego Mauricio from a throw-in, and he played the ball towards Alexander. The Odisha captain struck on the volley from outside the box, as Kattimani stood still, watching the ball head into the bottom corner.

Stuart Baxter's side should have taken the lead late in the 74th minute but Akash Mishra came to Hyderabad's rescue. Mauricio made his way into the box after beating his marker before flicking a shot over Kattimani. However, his goal-bound effort was cleared by Mishra, whose clearance struck the underside of the bar before heading out.
Odisha continued to push for a winner in the dying minutes but some dogged defending from Hyderabad saw both sides settle for a point at the full-time whistle.

(With inputs from ISL Media)

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