Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters FC: 'We played with a lot of personality,' says HFC boss Marquez after the ISL triumph

Sahil Tavora canceled out Rahul KP's opener before Laxmikant Kattimani made three brilliant penalty saves in the shoot-out to help the Nizams lift their maiden ISL title.

Hyderabad FC boss Manuel Marquez; Credit: Twitter/@IndSuperLeague
By Sreejith C R | Mar 21, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Hyderabad FC boss Manuel Marquez felt his side played with lots of personality in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2022 triumph against Kerala Blasters FC on Sunday. The Nizams won their maiden title after a hard-fought 3-1 win on penalties at the Fatorda stadium. HFC substitute Sahil Tavora canceled out Rahul KP’s opener to take the game to extra time. And then, the match went to penalties as both sides failed to find a winner in 120 minutes of play. HFC keeper Laxmikant Kattimani made three brilliant saves to help his side lift the trophy. 

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It was a dominant performance from KBFC in the first half as they had the majority of ball possession, created seven chances and hit the post once. Ivan Vukomanovic’s side was playing some good passing game, the front three of Alvaro Vazquez, Adrian Luna and Jorge Diaz were interchanging positions and making it hard for the HFC defenders.

Marquez was addressing the media after the match and when asked about what was the chat during half-time, the coach said: “At half-time, we spoke about playing more compact. In the first half, we had too much space between our lines. In the second half, we controlled the situation more. Even they scored before us and we equalised late. We know what our situation has been in the last few weeks and days, I think we played with a lot of personality.”

Rahul broke the deadlock in the 69th minute. The 22-year-old Kerala-boy’s shot from outside the box went past Kattimani and into the bottom corner. Though Kattimani got a touch to it, the shot had enough power to find the back of the net. Kattimani should have done better.

With just two minutes remaining HFC scored an equaliser through a stunning strike from substitute Tavora. It was one of the goals of the season from the Indian striker as he unleashed a superb strike from outside the box which went past a flat-footed Gill into the top corner. 

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