Aridane Santana’s spot-kick earned Hyderabad FC a 1-0 victory over Odisha FC in its Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) season-opener at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Monday. 

Hyderabad, which finished at the bottom of the table last term, was a delight to watch as it played a refreshing brand of attacking football under the stewardship of new coach Manolo Marquez. The club also kept its first-ever cleansheet in 19 matches of the ISL.

AS IT HAPPENED

Captain Santana, playing against his former club, led from the front as he was in the thick of things. The Spaniard had a host of chances that came his way, however, he missed an open header in the fifth minute and floated another header wide in the 26th minute.

The Odisha defence, led by former Newcastle United player Steven Taylor, struggled to contain Hyderabad’s fluent attacking play. Interestingly, all five of Odisha’s defenders…

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