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Bengaluru v Hyderabad Match Report, 28/11/20

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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda Stadium)
Bengaluru 0-0 Hyderabad: A drab encounter ends in stalemate
9:27 PM IST 28/11/20
Aridane Santana, Bengaluru vs Hyderabad
The Blues shared spoils with the Nizams in a stale goalless draw...

Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC played out a goalless draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa.

Chances were few and far between in the game which sees the Blues settle for a second draw on the bounce while Hyderabad now have four points from two matches. 

Hyderabad coach Manuel Marquez Roca made two changes to the Hyderabad line-up which defeated Odisha in their opening game of the season. Chinglensana Singh and Joel Chianese repaced Mohammad Yasir and Hitesh Sharma. Blues' boss Carles Cuadrat, on the other end, fielded an unchanged Bengaluru side which managed a 2-2 draw against FC Goa in their first match.

Both teams adopted a safety-first approach, resulting in a cagey start. Hyderabad had more ball possession but they failed to threaten the defensive solidity of Bengaluru FC.

The only chance Hyderabad got to score the opening goal in the first half when Aridane Santana attempted a header from Lluis Sastre's inswinging free-kick. But Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's was alert enough to make a save on the stretch. 

Hyderabad received a double blow when two of their foreign players, Joel Chianese and Sastre, had to leave the pitch with injuries. In the 35th minute, Chianese limped off the pitch with a swollen ankle after a clash with Udanta Singh. Then just a minute before the halftime whistle, Sastre had to be stretchered off the field after he felt some discomfort in his hamstring.

With two of their five foreigners out with injuries, Hyderabad quite expectedly went into a shell. Cuadrat, on the other hand, brought in Dimas Delgado and Deshorn Brown in the second half to add more guile and firepower to their attack. 

The Blues, however, failed to test the Hyderabad defence much, with the side lacking any rhythm in the final third. Brown got a couple of half-chances towards the end to break the deadlock but the Hyderabad defenders were vigilant enough to deny him.

Hyderabad climbed up to the third position on the league table with four points from two matches while Bengaluru sit on the sixth position with two points.