Indian Football League – Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters

Indian Football League clash on Tuesday will see Hyderabad FC go up against Kerala Blasters. With race for Top-4 still on, will it be the Nizams who once again jump into the race, or are we going to witness an upset from The Tuskers?

Harshil Pandit Author

Updated - 25 February 2021 6:10 pm

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Another Indian Football League game comes to an end with an exciting result. Huge win today for Hyderabad FC has landed them at third in the points table with a goal difference of +8. FC Goa have slipped to 5th, and will have to win by 4 goals or more to bring Nizams down. On the other hand, the hopes are over for Kerala Blasters now.

Hero of the game: Hyderabad FC skipper Aridane Santana for his goal and assist.

FULL-TIME: Referee blows his whistle as goal fest at Tilak Maidan comes to an end. It is Hyderabad FC 4, Kerala Blasters 0.

[90+1'] GOOAALL!!! Joao Victor. It is turning out to be a nightmare for the Tuskers now. Hyderabad once again go ahead with set piece as Luis Sastre delivers another delicious cross from right flank. Ball lands at Santana's head once more, but the Spaniard is clever this time and spots Victor's run. The headed assist lands at midfielder's feet and he is not missing from there. Assist - Aridane Santana. Hyderabad FC 4, Kerala Blasters 0.

[90'] Will Hyderabad take the flight to home with a clean sheet? 5 minutes more to find out.

[86'] GOOAAAL!!! Aridane Santana. The Nizams have conquered over the Tuskers with their third goal. Move starts after Costa brought down Santana at right flank. Sastre takes the free-kick and delivers a pinpoint cross in box that meets Santana's head, and the Spaniard makes no mistake in directing it past Gomes. Assist - Luis Sastre. Hyderabad FC 3, Kerala Blasters 0.

[82'] SUBSTITUTION for Hyderabad FC. Narzary OFF, Tavora ON.

[82'] SUBSTITUTION for Kerala Blasters. Prasanth OFF, Ritwik ON.

[79'] YELLOW CARD for Costa. Kerala centre-back is cautioned after bringing down Aridane Santana.

[74'] SUBSTITUTION for Kerala Blasters. Adhikari ON, Hooper OFF.

[70'] YELLOW CARD for Meitei. Kerala full-back sees yellow for rough tackle that has brought Ashish Rai down.

[68'] Sad scenes at Tilak Maidan as Ashish Rai is unable to recover from injury after tackle. The full-back has been brilliant this season and his loss will be unbearable for the games to comes. The youngster will be substituted with Nikhil.

[64'] DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION for Kerala Blasters. Kone and Singh OFF, Juande and Rahul ON.

[64'] DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION for Hyderabad FC. Sastre and Colaco ON, Sandaza and Hitesh OFF.

[63'] GOOAALL!! Sandaza completes his brace. Hyderabad striker again goes for a cool finish, and it is Paneka penalty this time. There is no way Gomes was guessing that as he dives onto his left. Hyderabad FC 2, Kerala Blasters 0.

[62'] PENALTY to Hyderabad FC! Kone has again slipped up, and this time his short is too pass for Albino to collect. Seeing the loose ball, Chianese pounces upon it, forcing Kerala goalkeeper to jump and commit a foul. YELLOW CARD to Albino Gomes.

[58'] GOOAAL!! Fran Sandaza. A blunder in the back line of Kerala has gifted the lead to Hyderabad FC. Kone receives a backward pass and his first touch is too heavy to allow Chianese to rush inside the box. Costa mishandles the clearance under pressure, confusing goalkeeper in the process. Ball simply slips to Sandaza who makes no mistake in burying it. Hyderabad FC 1, Kerala Blasters 0.

[50'] Hyderabad FC get another chance with Chianese a touch away from goal, but they waste it. The Nizams need to do better if they want to get ahead and secure that coveted spot.

SUBSTITUTION for Kerala Blasters FC. Rohit OFF, Givson ON.

SECOND-HALF: Kerala Blasters kick-off the second half. They are in Blue, playing from right to left.

So, with game goalless at the half-time, who will take more points today? Will Hyderabad continue to dominate at their favourite venue, or will it be Kerala's day? Stay tuned to know as we will be back for the second half's LIVE coverage.

HALF-TIME: First half's game comes to a goalless end at Tilak Maidan. Kerala were the more dominant one with attacking pressure, while Hyderabad also missed chances to go ahead. It is Hyderabad FC 0, Kerala Blasters 0.

[45+1'] YELLOW CARD for Sandeep Singh. Kerala centre-back sees his fourth yellow of the season. He will be missing the next game for the Tuskers.

[45'] No goal in the game yet. But will any side manage to breakthrough before half-time, as 3 minutes have been added on!

[40'] Kerala Blasters have dominated the game since drinks break. Side is playing high-press, taking away the ball from Hyderabad from time to time. Prashant misses a golden chance to beat goalkeeper from out of the box as he shoots straight at Kattimani.

[29'] WHAT A SAVE!! Kattimani has rescued Hyderabad here with an excellent save. Kerala Blasters launch an attack finding Seityasen Singh at left flank. The Indian manages to whip in a cross for Gary Hooper, who gets time and space to go for finesse. However, Hyderabad goalkeeper spots the attempt and is equal to the effort to keep Nizams in the game.

[25'] The Nizams are completely controlling the tempo of the game now. They are recycling the possession and waiting for right opportunity to launch long balls forward.

[20'] HYDERABAD MISS! The Nizams have missed a golden chance to get ahead at Tilak Maidan. A through ball from centre of the pitch nearly finds Aridane Santana, but is also chased by Gomes from the other end. Kerala goalkeeper comes out of box and tries clearing it, but misses the kick! Santana fails to be quick on ball and bury it as Tuskers backline comes to rescue in time.

[15'] Tuskers' Vicente Gomez has gone down on pitch after colliding with Bakary Kone in attempt to win a duel. The knock came courtesy of trying to intercept long ball launched by Hyderabad goalkeeper Kattimani.

[10'] OFFSIDE! Hyderabad try to go on attack and launch a long ball for Joal Chianese from the centre, but the forward is clearly offside. The Nizams have taken started dominating the ball possession now.

[5'] Kerala Blasters have cleared the intent with attacking right from the start. They manage to win a corner, but squander the chance.

KICK-OFF: Hyderbad FC get us underway at Tilak Maidan. They are in their traditional Yellow, playing from right to left.

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Hyderabad FC Playing XI: Laxmikant Kattimani (GK), Asish Rai, Chinglensana Singh, Odei Onaindia, Akash Mishra, Joao Victor, Hitesh Sharma, Halicharan Narzary, Joel Chianese, Aridane Santana, Fran Sandaza.

Kerala Blasters Playing XI: Albino Gomes (GK), Sandeep Singh, Bakary Kone, Costa Nhamoinesu, Yondrembem Denechandra, Rohit Kumar, Vicente Gomez, Seityasen Singh, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Gary Hooper, Jordan Murray.

Welcome to the another exciting Indian Football League clash. Today we have Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters on cards. While the Nizams will enter the game on back of a win, the Tuskers will be coming off from a loss. Tie your seat belts because this game can be a decisive one for the fate of Men in Yellow.

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