Highlights: Hyderabad vs Chennaiyin

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90 minutes of pacy action and five goals is what was delivered for us. Hyderabad FC dominated the play throughout the 90 minutes but it was in the second half that they ran over Chennaiyin FC. They registered a thumping 4-1 victory against Chennaiyin FC at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim on Monday.

Joel Chianese (50th), Halicharan Narzary (53rd, 79th), and Joao Victor (74th) were on the scoresheet for Hyderabad while Anirudh Thapa (67th) scored the only goal for Chennaiyin, who suffered their first-ever defeat against the Nizams.

The first half proved to be an entertaining, end-to-end contest with both goalkeepers finding themselves busy. It was Hyderabad that stamped its authority in the first half, though it had no goals to show for it. However, returning from the break, it found the target twice in quick succession.

Hyderabad registered a three-minute double early on in the second half. A mix-up from Chennaiyin’s backline gave them the opener. Keith and Eli Sabia made a mess of a chipped pass from Santana, allowing Chianese to score his maiden ISL goal.

Three minutes later, Hyderabad doubled their tally. They won a corner and did well to keep the ball in the box before Rahim Ali’s clearance fell towards Nazary. The winger launched a cracking shot that struck the underside of the crossbar before heading into a goal.

Chennaiyin reduced their deficit after a blunder from Kattimani who fluffed his lines while attempting to clear Ali’s cross into the box, allowing Thapa an easy tap-in. But Hyderabad soon restored their two-goal lead through Victor, who buried his shot into the top corner after receiving a pass from Rai.

Chennaiyin’s defense was exposed again as they pushed for a late goal. Substitute Fran Sandaza released Narzary, who made his way from near the half-way line, into the box and produced a neat

The victory also halted Hyderabad’s three straight defeats and it deserves every accolade that comes it is way as it completely dominated the contest. Hyderabad jumped two places to the sixth position as it took its tally to 12 points from nine matches. Chennaiyin climbed down a place to eighth.