24-year-old Spaniard Javier Siverio's 'super sub' performance saves Hyderabad FC against ATK Mohan Bagan as The Nizams continue their eight-match unbeaten run as they hold ATK Mohan Bagan to a 2-2 draw. on Wednesday.
Siverio scored the deciding goal in the extra time at the 91st-minute mark.
Hyderabad FC has 16 points and are the table-toppers, toppling the defending Champions Mumbai City FC. Under the guidance of Manolo Marquez, the team is now unbeaten in four matches with four wins and four draws.
With the loss, ATK Mohan Bagan, under Juan Ferrando, are third with 15 points.
The first-minute goal
In the first minute of the match, Australian leader David Williams scored the fastest goal of the season, giving ATK Mohun Bagan the lead. Hyderabad goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani tried to block Williams' quick shot but failed. Then in the 18th minute, ATK Mohan Bagan's goalkeeper Amarinder Singh made a mistake to level the score for Hyderabad.
Amarinder couldn't collect the ball in front of the goal as the ball rebounded to Nigerian Bartholomew Ogbeche, who scored his ninth individual goal of the season. Hyderabad's Asish Rai's own goal in the 64th minute gave ATK Mohan Bagan a 2-1 lead. David Williams' assist was headed in by Johnny Kouko, but the ball rebounded into the goal off Asish.
Ogbeche leads the charge
In the eighth season of ISL, Bartholomew Ogbeche of Hyderabad FC has topped the list for the Golden Boot. He leads the league with nine goals in nine games. Ogbeche has scored one more goal than Mumbai City's Igor Angulo. Bartholomew, in his ISL career, has scored 44 goals in 66 games and needs four more goals to become the highest goal scorer in the tournament.
In the post-match press conference, Asish Rai won the Hero of the Match and said, "It feels good to get a point. We fought till the end. It was a tough game because they were a great side."
Hyderabad FC Head coach Manolo Marquez was elated after the draw and said, "I think we are fighting against very good teams. We have very good young players. It is not normal that you concede a goal in 10 odd seconds and it is difficult to fight and equalise after the early goal. I am very satisfied with the team's performance for most of the part of the game."