January 16, 2021

Kerala Blasters 2-0 Hyderabad FC: report, ratings and reaction as Kibu Vicuña's surprise pick see his side take their first win

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Kerala Blasters 2-0 Hyderabad FC: Review, Ratings and Reaction when Kibu Vicuña's surprise picks see...

Kerala Blasters 2-0 Hyderabad FC: Review, Ratings and Reaction when Kibu Vicuña's surprise picks see his side claim their first win – originally published on Sportslens.com

The final clash of the Indians On the eighth day of the Super League, the ninth-placed Kerala Blasters faced FC Hyderabad, who were just one place above them in the table but were six points ahead. The Kibu Vicuña side were still looking for their first win of the season, while the Nizams wanted to return to winning ways after ending their unbeaten run last time round.

An interesting fight should follow and here is what we do with it:

Report

Kerala Blasters started well but Hyderabad felt they should have had a penalty in the first quarter of an hour as Nishu Kumar Aridane was pushed into the penalty area when the Spanish striker saw a cross on the head, but the referee saw nothing wrong.

In the 29th minute, Abdul Nediyodath climbed the highest as he attacked a corner and hit his header home and scored a goal on his first start of the season. However, the goal was also not without controversy as replays showed the ball went off a Kerala Blasters player before the referee gave them a corner.

In the last minute of the first half, Ashish Rai was on the right and shot the ball over the goal for Aridane who somehow missed the target Five minutes into the second half, Sahal Abdul Samad controlled a long pass and pushed the ball to Jessel Carneiro on the left side of the box, but the full-back went for hit it for the first time and landed his shot. A minute later, Sahal found himself in a similar position but missed on the occasion.

In the 58th minute, Rahul let KP fly off the edge of the box and appeared to hit the bottom corner, but Subrata Pal quickly got down and caused it to tip over.

Hyderabad FC came very close to equalizing in the 80th minute when Halicharan Narzary cut in from the left and let go, but only missed the top corner. Seven minutes later, Francisco Sandaza went through on the right but his target was well saved by Albino Gomes.

But just a minute later at the other end, the ball bounced off Adil Khan to break for Jordan Murray. who made excellent use of his chance on this occasion.

So were the three points sealed for Kerala Blasters, who looked great in that 2-0 win.

KERALA BLASTERS

Key Talking Point

A surprisingly strong win

Kibu Vicuña Costa Nhamoinesu made five changes to his starting line-up tonight when Gary Hooper, Costa Nhamoinesu, completely missed the matchday squad, but the new look team worked very well as they helped the Spanish tactician take his first ISL win after a strong performance. [19659013] Sandeep Singh and Abdul Nediyodath started together in their hearts for the first time on defense and the center-back pairing worked well together as they managed to keep Hyderabad FC's attack quiet for most of the game. Vicente Gómez and Jeakson Thounaojam's midfield pairing looked solid too, while Rahul KP stood out on the wing and Sahal Abdul Samad didn't look too shabby either.

All these strong individual performances contributed to a solid team performance. Kerala Blasters looked very good from the start and rightly took the lead in the first half. They had a number of great opportunities to double their lead in the early stages of the second half, but some poor work from Jordan Murray in the box and subpar results from others meant they couldn't get any consolation on the lead on Scoreline. However, Murray used his chance late, so that the Tuskers easily bagged the three points in the end.

This was a surprisingly solid accomplishment by Kerala Blasters and one that marks the beginning of something good could be for you.