Álvaro Vázquez’s goal in the first half proved decisive as Kerala Blasters ended Hyderabad FC’s unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory and also jumped to the top of the points table in the Indian Super League on Sunday. . The Blasters extended their unbeaten streak to nine games and rose to the top thanks to better goal difference than Mumbai City FC. Both teams have 17 points in 10 games. Hyderabad, on the other hand, saw its eight-game streak end without losing when it fell to third in the table, with 16 points from 10 games.
Hyderabad had a chance to take the lead early on when Edu Garcia’s free kick was deflected to the crossbar by Prabhsukhan Gill after the ball went over the wall.
Bartholomew Ogbeche saw his fourth yellow card in the next minute, which means he will miss the next match.
Kattimani made a brilliant save in the 24th minute to deny Jorge Díaz while Kerala kept knocking on the door.
As the match progressed, both teams tried to open up a clear opportunity before Vázquez helped the yellow shirts get ahead. A long throw-in was received by Sahal Abdul Samad, who threw it back into the danger area where Vázquez launched a sweet volley to beat the goalkeeper on all sides.
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Hyderabad came close through Ogbeche at the peak of halftime, but the Nigerian fired wide.
In the second period, Hyderabad tried to up the ante but failed to muster any real opportunities in front of goal, save one in which Kerala captain Jessel Carneiro kept his team ahead with a clearance from the goal line.