Aridane Santana scored a last-gasp equaliser to assist Hyderabad FC maintain SC East Bengal to a 1-1 draw and dent the Kolkata facet’s hopes of constructing it to the playoffs of the Indian Tremendous League right here on Friday.
Shiny Enobakhare scored within the 59th minute for SC East Bengal, who appeared to be cruising in the direction of the win till the stoppage-time leveller from Santana. The end result prolonged the Nizams’ unbeaten run to 9 video games.
With the draw, Hyderabad are at third spot with 24 factors from 17 matches whereas SC EB are at ninth with 17 factors from as many matches. Each the perimeters are left with three matches every within the league part.
Hyderabad FC made two adjustments of their taking part in XI as Liston Colaco and Joel Chianese got here in for Mohammed Yasir and Fran Sandaza, whereas SC East Bengal reposed religion in the identical XI that defeated Jamshedpur FC within the earlier encounter.
The Nizams loved higher possession early on however SCEB had extra photographs on course. The Kolkata facet created extra alternatives in comparison with Hyderabad within the first session.
Nonetheless, it was Hyderabad who had the primary actual probability within the sport. Lluis Sastre sprayed a defence-splitting move to Chianese, who managed to time his run and stay onside. However Subrata Paul got here off his line to make a vital save to disclaim them the lead.
Hyderabad stitched collectively some good passes however have been discovered missing within the last third. They have been rescued on the again by an excellent Laxmikant Kattimani who pulled off three essential saves.
Kattimani first denied Ankit Mukherjee twice. Then Anthony Pilkington took a shot solely to see it tipped behind for a nook by an alert Kattimani.
Issues intensified within the second session. After one workforce hit the put up, the opposite scored towards the run of play.
Aridane Santana noticed his effort come off the put up earlier than SC East Bengal took the lead. Raju Gaikwad’s clearance from the field discovered Pilkington, who headed the ball in the direction of Shiny. The Nigerian made a stunning run, beating his marker Chinglensana Singh, earlier than capturing previous the onrushing Kattimani.
Hyderabad tried for a right away response when Akash Mishra took a protracted shot however his left foot strike was dealt by Subrata, who pushed it away for a nook. Sandaza then put the ball at the back of the online, but it surely was dominated offside.
SC East Bengal have been unfortunate to not be awarded a penalty late within the sport. Shiny bought previous Kattimani and went down beneath stress from the custodian, however the referee confirmed little interest in the attraction
Then got here Santana’s late equaliser. Rohit Danu discovered Sandaza, who despatched in a low cross in the direction of the far put up and Santana tapped in from shut vary.
Hyderabad have been all the way down to 10 males when Yasir was proven a straight pink card however they held on for the draw.