Thirty-nine seconds was all it took for Aridane Santana to turn the game around as unbeaten Hyderabad FC condemned SC East Bengal to yet another defeat in the Hero Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan, here on Tuesday.
Hyderabad was clearly the better side in the opening quarter and kept their opponents limited to their own half. The Nizams nearly opened the scoring in the 13th minute when an attempted clearance from East Bengal keeper Debjit Majumder hit the onrushing Nikhil Poojary and nearly looped into the net. Mohamed Irshad headed it out for a corner.
Santana’s twin burst came in the 56th minute after SC East Bengal scored their first-ever ISL goal through Jacques Maghoma in the 26th minute.
Halicharan Narzary in the 68th minute put the Nizams further ahead. Maghoma scored again in the 81st minute but Hyderabad held on for a 3-2 win.
The red-and-gold pressed hard for an equalizer but Hyderabad remained solid in their defense to thwart all the attacks led by Pilkington and Maghoma. SC East Bengal thus suffered their fourth defeat from five matches to remain at the bottom of the table with one point.