Aridane double helps Hyderabad take full three points
Hyderabad FC came from behind to secure a dramatic win in an eventful game against SC East Bengal, at Tilak Maidan in Vasco today
Vasco (Goa): Hyderabad FC came from behind to secure a dramatic win in an eventful game against SC East Bengal, at Tilak Maidan in Vasco today. The visitors opened the scoring with Jack Maghoma, 26 minutes into the first half, but a couple of goals under a minute by Aridane Santana in the 56th minute and Halicharan Narzary's 68th minute tap-in were enough for HFC even as Maghoma bagged his second late in the game.
This win takes Hyderabad to 5th place in the league table, after five games. They are level on points with Bengaluru in 4th and are four points off the top, with a game in hand over Mumbai City FC.
The visitors were under pressure right from kick-off but Hyderabad failed to take advantage of the many chances that fell their way. Mohammad Yasir was a real threat with his set-pieces but Aridane was off-target with his headers early in the game.
Nikhil Poojary squandered the best chance of the half for HFC after a superb cross from the left by Narzary. But against the run of play, the visitors took the lead, after Anthony Pilkington and Matti Steinmann combined to find Jack Maghoma in space at the edge of the box. The SCEB midfielder hit it hard and low and Subrata Paul, though got a hand onto the shot, failed to make a save.
But Hyderabad kept on pushing, as an animated Manuel Marquez dished out commands to his side constantly. It looked like they found a way back when Yasir was fouled in the box and Hyderabad were awarded a penalty.
But Aridane's shot was saved by Debjit on goal and it looked like a tough day on the field for the home side. HFC failed to take their chances, and went into the break a goal down, but were probably the better side for most of the first half in Vasco.