Kerala Blasters FC put an end to Hyderabad FC’s winning streak with a solid 1-0 victory at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. With it, they also jump into first place in the league table.
Alvaro Vazquez (42nd) bagged a goal in the first period which went on to be the winner. Thanks to that win, the Blasters have now extended their unbeaten run to 9 matches, climbing to the summit of the table. Level on points with Mumbai City, at 17 in 10 games, Kerala now have a superior goal difference.
Hyderabad, meanwhile, saw their eight-game unbeaten run come to an end, as they dropped to the third in the table, having 16 points from 10 matches.
Kerala Blasters FC: Player Ratings
Formation: Ivan Vukomanović
Goalkeeper: P. S. Gill (7/10)
Defenders: H. Khabra (6/10), H. Ruivah (7/10), M. Leskovic (8/10), J. Carneiro (7.5/10)
Midfielders: S. Samad (7/10), J. Singh (7.5/10), L. Khawlhring (7/10), A. Luna (8/10)
Forwards: A. Vazquez (8.5/10), J. Pereyra Diaz (7/10)
Substitutes: S. Singh (6/10), N. Kumar (7/10),
Hyderabad FC: Player Ratings
Coach: Manuel Márquez Roca
Goalkeeper: L. Kattimani (6/10)
Defenders: A. Mishra (6/10), Juanan (6.5/10), Chinglensana (5/10), A. Rai (6.5/10)
Midfielders: H. Sharma (5.5/10), J. Victor (6/10)
Forwards: A. Jadhav (7.5/10), E. Garcia (6.5/10), N. Poojari (6/10), B. Ogbeche (6/10)
Substitutes: S. Tavora (5/10), R. Danu (6/10), Md. Yasir (6.5/10), J. Siverio (6/10)
Player of the Match
Alvaro Vazquez was named Hero of the Match after putting up a stellar performance. He scored the only goal of the game. A perfectly-timed volley flew into the net, leaving the opposition keeper rooted to the spot. Another example of why Vazquez is termed as the best finisher in the league this term.
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