ISL: Marcelinho doubles for Hyderabad FC

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad FC returned from a goal down to record his first victory in the Indian Super League while they passed Kerala Blasters FC 2-1 at GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium on Saturday.

Rahul KP (34 ') gave Kerala the lead in the first half, but two strokes from the second half of Marko Stankovic (54') and Marcelinho (81 ') sealed full points for the hosts with a lovely free kick.

Kerala shook right at the beginning when central defender Gianni Zuiverloon was injured. Raju Gaikwad He made his debut for the club, replacing the Dutch defender.

The visitors were the most dominant side from the beginning and were close to breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute when the young Rahul KP tried his luck from a distance. But his effort flew just above the crossbar.

The hosts had a chance of their own when Marcelinho got to Rohit Kumar's through ball inside the box. I have twisted and turned in a bid to go past Mohammed Rakip, but the Kerala right-back stood firm and snatched the ball away from the Brazilian.

Kerala's custodian, TP Rehenesh, almost gave Hyderabad the lead in the 33rd minute when he couldn't control Gaikwad's back pass with his chest. Abhishek Halder was in position and tried to tap, but fortunately for Kerala the ball went very far.

Hyderabad would regret that lady immediately. Rehenesh's goal kick was cleared unconvincingly by Shankar Sampingiraj and the ball fell to Sahad Abdul Samad. The midfielder threw the ball towards Rahul, who found the bottom of the net with a shot for the first time.

Bartholomew Ogbeche could have doubled the lead in the 42nd minute when he received a direct pass from Moustapha Gning and met the goalkeeper one by one, but a strong touch allowed Kamaljit to run out of his line and pick up the ball.

Hyderabad started the second half on a brighter note and came close to equalizing in the 48th minute. Marcelinho created the chance with a brilliant run down the left flank and beat Gaikwad with pace before cutting in and squaring the ball for Robin Singh.

However, the striker unnecessarily complicated an easy touch and wasted the opportunity.

The hosts restored parity in the 54th minute when Gning tripped Mohammad Yasir into Kerala's box to penalize. Marko Stankovic converted the penalty properly.

At the other end, Hyderabad should have taken the lead in the 76th minute when Marcelinho received a through ball on the left flank. The Brazilian went past Jairo Rodrigues comfortably and attempted to curl the ball into the net at the far post but his shot went wide.

Marcelinho soon made up for his mistake by converting a classy free-kick in the 81st minute. The hosts were awarded the free-kick after Gning had brought down Nikhil Poojary with a poor challenge. The Brazilian found the back of the net with a curling left-footer to hand Phil Brown's side their first win of the season.