Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche's hat-trick helped Hyderabad FC to beat East Bengal 4-0 at Tilak maidan in Vasco on Monday, taking the Nizams at the the top of the table in the ongoing Indian Super League.
Ogbeche's second goal in the 45th minute was the 200th in the 2021-22 ISL tournament. Aniket Jadhav also scored in the 45 + 1 minute. East Bengal was awarded a penalty kick in the 85th minute, but Hyderabad goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani kept a clean sheet, accurately predicting Franjo Prce's shot.
The Nizams victory over SC East Bengal was their fifth win in 12 matches with 20 points. Similarly, Kerala Blasters also have 20 points with five wins, but Hyderabad still tops the list with a +14 goal difference.
SC East Bengal is still tethering towards the bottom of the table with one victory. The Red and Yellow Brigade has just nine points as they suffered their sixth defeat in 13 games.
Three goals in the first half
Hyderabad almost secured the result of the match by scoring three goals in the first half. East Bengal's defence turned pale, facing Bartholomew Ogbeche. While scoring the first goal, Ogbeche made a beautiful header from Souvik Chakrabarti's corner.
Then around the 44th-minute mark, SC East Bengal lost the ball in mid-field as Hyderabad FC quickly capitalized on the counter. Ogbeche sidestepped the keeper and tapped in the ball for his second goal.
Later, in the dying minutes of the first half, Aniket Jadhav's quick run gave another massive blow to East Bengal. With Hitesh Sharma's assist, Aniket strengthened Hyderabad's lead by scoring his second ISL goal of the season.
Third hat-trick of the season
Hyderabad's Bartholomew Ogbe became the third player to score a hat-trick in the 2021-22 ISL. Greg Stewart of Jamshedpur had scored a hat-trick against Odisha on December 14 in Vasco, followed by Northeast United's Deshorn Brown against Mumbai City on December 27 in Fatorda.
Ogbeche's rise to the top
Bartholomew Ogbeche is now the second-highest goalscorer in ISL history. He has scored 12 goals in 11 matches this year and has scored 47 in 68 ISL matches. Ogbeche is behind FC Goa legend Ferran Corominas and Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri both have scored 48 goals.