A defensive meltdown within the ultimate moments value Bengaluru FC (BFC) a treasured win as Hyderabad FC snatched a 2-2 draw on the Tilak Maidan stadium in Goa on Thursday.
BFC had the match within the bag, main 2-Zero with simply 5 minutes of regulation time left, due to objectives from Sunil Chhetri and Leon Augustine. A assured Naushad Moosa even changed Chhetri, just for Hyderabad to hit again by way of Aridane Santana and Fran Sandaza within the 86th and 90th minutes, respectively. Each objectives have been easy tap-ins off strikes originating from the proper flank, made attainable by some lazy defending.
Hyderabad might have gained all of it, if not for its rank profligacy earlier within the contest. The consequence, nonetheless, helped Manuel Marquez’s facet retain its top-four place (19 factors), even because it prolonged BFC’s winless run to eight matches, a streak that the membership final skilled in 2016-17 when it was nonetheless a part of the I-League.
BFC’s Leon Augustin scored his first senior purpose within the 2-2 draw. ISL/Sportzpics
BFC took the lead within the ninth minute by way of a glancing header by Chhetri off a finely delivered free kick by Cleiton Silva. It got here minutes after defensive mainstay Juanan hobbled off with a hamstring pressure. Hyderabad responded by stringing collectively a couple of shiny strikes however Santana, Joel Chianese, Joao Victor and Halicharan Narzary all didn’t capitalise.
Santana and Narzary particularly can be gutted with their efforts. On 24 minutes, the unmarked Spaniard had simply Gurpreet Sandhu to beat however couldn’t curl the ball in. On the stroke of half-time, Narzary missed an open purpose from 5 yards out off Akash Mishra’s high quality cross from the left flank.
Following the restart, Santana got here shut once more, forcing Sandhu into saving his header. Simply after the hour mark, Augustine’s first-ever ISL strike for BFC appeared to have killed the competition. The pacy 22-year-old latched on to a misplaced again cross from Hitesh Sharma and slotted house with the skin of his proper boot. It was to Hyderabad’s credit score that it didn’t wilt.