ISL 2022-23: Chennaiyin hold Hyderabad to 1-1 draw

Hyderabad: Chennaiyin FC played out a 1-1 draw against Hyderabad FC in a Hero Indian Super League 2022-23 match at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium, here on Thursday.

After a barren first half, in-form striker Petar Sliskovic hit the opening goal of the match for Chennaiyin in the 57th minute before Bartholomew Ogbeche converted a penalty kick to level the scores in the 87th minute.

The Croatian star Sliskovic became the joint top-scorer in the ongoing season by scoring his eighth goal.

Looking to dominate the proceedings, both sides began with a similar 4-2-3-1 formation, controlling the midfield areas. However, Chennaiyin looked more impressive amongst the two as they consistently kept taking the ball into the opposition box, piling up the pressure on Hyderabad defenders with their quick combinations and speed.

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It was Sliskovic, who broke the deadlock in the third quarter with a blazing header to put Chennaiyin 1-0 ahead in the game from another Aakash Sangwan delivery from the corner.

However, Hyderabad made a comeback just three minutes before the final whistle when Ogbeche struck the equalizer from the spot after Vafa Hakhamaneshi brought down Javier Siverio in the box.

Thomas Brdaric’s men will now return home to face ATK Mohun Bagan on January 21 whereas Hyderabad take on East Bengal FC in an away fixture on January 20.