Hyderabad FC defeated Odisha FC by 1–0 in their first match, in the 7th season of the Indian Super League (ISL). The only goal of the match was scored by Hyderabad captain Ariadne Santana, who was making his debut in the tournament. The Hyderabad team maintained their dominance throughout the match and won the match and conceded 3 points for their team.
Halicharan Narzare was shot in the penalty area by Odisha captain Steven Taylor, after which Hyderabad got a penalty. On which Santana scored the first and only goal of the match by dodging goalkeeper Arshadip Singh.
Hyderabad also missed opportunities
Although, Hyderabad missed a number of good scoring chances. In the 5th minute Luis Satre’s corner could not give the right direction. His header went off the post. Similarly in the 12th minute Nikhil Pujari could not score a goal by coming very close to the post. Hyderabad team took a good test of defense of Odisha in 15 minutes. Hyderabad won 4 corners in the first 20 minutes.
Hyderabad seemed to get the benefit of playing under constant pressure. In the 34th minute, Odisha captain Steven Taylor hit a shot aimed at the post by Halicharan Narjare. At this time, the referee gave a penalty against Odisha. At the same time, Taylor was also shown a yellow card. Santana gave Hyderabad a 1-0 lead, scoring a penalty in the 35th minute.
Hyderabad too heavy in ball possession
First Half was named after Hyderabad. Hyderabad dominated Odisha with 55% in terms of ball possession. Odisha made 165 passes while Hyderabad passed 199. Nandakumar Sekar got a great chance in the 47th minute for Odisha to equalize, but he missed.
Hyderabad got another corner in the 53rd minute, but went in vain. In the 53rd minute, Odisha made the first change, edging out Marcellinho and taking Premjeet Singh inside. In the 60th minute, Gaurav Bora of Odisha FC got a yellow card.