Hyderabad quash Chennaiyin’s top-4 bid with 1-1 draw

Margao, Jan 13: Chennaiyin FC squandered a one-goal lead as Hyderabad FC rallied to earn a 1-1 draw in a tense Indian Super League game here on Thursday.
Chennaiyin went ahead through Mohd Sajid Dhot in the 13th minute but could not hold on to their slender lead till halftime as Javier Siverio (45th) continued his scoring spree with a goal on the cusp of halftime.
There were no goals in the second period as Debjit Majumder made a string of saves in Chennaiyin goal and the home side put pressure in six minutes of added time for the winner but in the end, it ended all square.
Hyderabad missed talisman Bartholomew Ogbeche, lacking teeth upfront as the league’s top-scorer served his suspension after picking up four yellow cards.
The result means Hyderabad moved third in the table with 17 points from 11 games while Chennaiyin remained sixth having 15 points from 11 matches.
Chennaiyin upped the ante in the latter stages of the second half with the introduction of Rahim Ali injecting pace.
But, Hyderabad held firm to eke out a point. (PTI)

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