Hyderabad FC beat Rajasthan United 3-1, enter Durand Cup semis | Football News

KOLKATA: Indian Super League champions FC Hyderabad participated in the semi-finals of Durand Cup football tournament, defeat Rajasthan United FC 3-1 in the quarter-finals here on Monday.
Nigerian goal machine Bartholomew Ogbeche (sixth minute) opened the scoring for ISL champions, Akash Mishra (45th) and Javier Siverio (69th) getting the other two. Uruguayan Martin Chavez netted a penalty for Rajasthan in the 29th minute.
Mohammedan Sporting will face Mumbai City FC in the first semi-final on Wednesday while Hyderabad will face Bengaluru FC the following day. The two semi-finals will be played at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK).
Manolo Marquez was serious from the start when he started with Ogbeche and it wasn’t long before the Nigerian was on the scoresheet. Borja Herrera delivered the curler from the left flank and Ogbeche expertly edged his marker and drilled a header past goalkeeper Vishal Joon, beating him at the near post.
HFC made the mistake of falling a bit behind after the goal, and to their credit, Rajasthan took advantage of this to mount their own attacks. The pressure led to an inadvertent back pass to the keeper and Rajasthan earned an indirect free kick just outside the penalty area.
Playmaker Martin Chavez, who had a very good game, tried to hit the roof of the goal with a wall of Hyderabad players on the goal line, including goalkeeper Kattimani.
The ball deflected off the wall but trying to clear it, Akash Mishra handled it inside the box and Rajasthan were awarded a penalty. Chavez calmly tricked the keeper to equalize Rajasthan.
After getting close a few times, Akash Mishra made amends and he did so with a brilliant diagonal left-footed pitch from outside the box, which went like a bullet to beat the outstretched hands of Vishal Joon to nest in the bottom left corner. .
Both coaches made a change each at the break. Joao Victor replaced Borja and Gyanmar Nikum was brought in in place of William. It was end-to-end action in the second half with Hyderabad looking to pull away and Rajasthan for an equaliser.
Marquez made two crucial changes in the 68th minute that made the difference. He brought in Hali Charan Narzary and Nikhil Poojary in place of Chhangte and Yasir.
Seconds after entering, Narzary fired a perfect cross from the left flank for Siverio, and the Spaniard made no mistakes with a first strike from close range.

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