2021-22 Indian Super League, Regular Season
  • Bartholomew Ogbeche (7')

ISL 2021-22: Ogbeche goal helps Hyderabad FC sink Bengaluru FC

Bartholomew Ogbeche scores for Hyderabad FC vs Bengaluru FC. Pal Pillai/Focus Sports/ ISL

Bengaluru FC were beaten by Hyderabad FC thanks to Bartholomew Ogbeche's first-half strike in Bambolim on Wednesday.

Ogbeche found the back of the net in the 7th minute as his side dominated proceedings from the off. This result leaves Bengaluru in ninth with four points from five matches, while Hyderabad jumped to third place, with seven points from four games.

The lone goal came after a sustained period of Hyderabad dominance. Akash Mishra found Ogbeche after darting past a few Bengaluru shirts. The striker then fired home from the edge of the box as the ball took a slight deflection to take it past a diving Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

Mishra looked in fine form as he teed up Ogbeche once again in the 17th minute but Gurpreet was off his line early to avert the danger. At the half-hour mark, Hyderabad had another chance to double their lead when Ogbeche dinked a fine ball for Javier Siverio but the latter shot over the bar.

Bengaluru conjured up a chance two minutes before halftime when Cleiton Silva whipped in a free-kick for Chhetri but the Bengaluru captain glanced his header over.

Bengaluru, as was to be expected, upped the ante after the break with Cleiton at the centre of their attacking moves. The 34-year old found the target in the 56th minute but his shot lacked the power and direction to test Laxmikant Kattimani in the Hyderabad goal.

At the hour mark, Silva came close again when his attempt flew inches over the bar after substitute Danish Farooq set him up. Two minutes later, Silva was in the thick of things again. This time Farooq headed the ball down for Silva to take a swipe but the he shot straight at the keeper again.

Hyderabad had another scare toward the end when Chinglensana Singh slashed a clearance just over his own crossbar, but they held on for the three points.