Hyderabad peg Mumbai back with late penalty

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Marko Stankovic of Hyderabad FC scores a goal of a penalty kick during match 66 of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between Hyderabad FC and Mumbai City FC held at the G.M.C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium, Hyderabad, India on the 24th January 2020. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / SPORTZPICS for ISL
Marko Stankovic of Hyderabad FC scores a goal of a penalty kick during match 66 of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between Hyderabad FC and Mumbai City FC held at the G.M.C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium, Hyderabad, India on the 24th January 2020. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / SPORTZPICS for ISL
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Hyderabad peg Mumbai back with late penalty

Hyderabad, January 24: A tale of two penalties saw Hyderabad FC hold Mumbai City FC to a 1-1 draw in a dramatic Hero Indian Super League encounter at the GMC Balayogi Stadium here on Friday.

In a game that was closely contested in midfield, a Mohamed Larbi (43′) spot-kick seemed to have given Mumbai City all three points. But an injury-time penalty from Marko Stankovic (90+4′) ensured Hyderabad salvaged a point at home.

The draw meant Mumbai failed to leapfrog Odisha FC and remain in the fifth spot with 20 points from 14 matches. The hosts remain bottom of the table with six points.

Mumbai have used their flanks to good effect this season and the trend continued as they threatened early. Hyderabad countered by making use of the spaces vacated by Mumbai’s wide players. Mumbai’s Serge Kevyn and Hyderabad’s Asish Rai both served dangerous crosses into the box which the defences had to deal with.

Hyderabad keeper Laxmikant Kattimani, whose last outing was a forgettable one, did well when called into action in the 19th minute. Amini Chermiti sent Diego Carlos in behind the defence with a well-timed pass and the Brazilian was denied a goal by the Goan custodian from a one-on-one opportunity.

The opening goal came after Nikhil Poojary handled the ball inside the box in an attempt to halt Kevyn’s run into the box, forcing the referee to point at the spot. Larbi stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom right corner.

Hyderabad struggled to test Amrinder Singh after the break as well. The hosts had a couple of chances to equalise after the hour mark. Mathew Kilgallon’s powerful header from a corner-kick flew inches wide of the frame of the goal. With a quarter of the game left, he sent another header wide from a similar corner delivery.

At the other end, Carlos made a dangerous run down the wings and sent in a good cross into the box. Adil Khan’s last-ditch interception denied Kevyn from getting Mumbai their second goal.

Just when it looked like Mumbai would see the game out, a foul by Pratik Chaudhari on Bobo inside the box right at the end allowed Stankovic to equalise from the spot. 

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