Hyderabad FC has risen to the third spot with this draw, while SC East Bengal has climbed to ninth. Both the sides are yet to win the title to date. While Hyderabad has played for the past couple of seasons, SCEB is making its debut this season.
Hyderabad FC's bid for the top-four took a marginal jolt after being held 1-1 by SC East Bengal, in the Indian Super League 2020-21, at the Tilak Maidan in Goa, on Friday. With this draw, Hyderabad rises a spot to third, while SCEB is up to ninth.
It all began with Bright Enobakhare's opening strike in the 59th minute that put SCEB ahead. However, Aridane levelled it in the 92nd minute to snatch a win away from SCEB.
Following the draw, Hyderabad boss, Manuel Marquez seemed contained with the draw, as he looks ahead to the reaming games to seal the playoffs spot. "I am happy. I try to be objective. In first half, we had more chances. In second half, they scored. Great goal from Bright. After that, it is a clear penalty in my watch. I think most of the draws, we had to have the game finished, like the game against Odisha," he said, reports Sportstar.
"A lot of draws we had the control, but I am very happy because it not easy. Three games to play and we are in the fight for the top four. We are satisfied and proud of the players," he added.
Meanwhile, SCEB head coach, Tony Grant felt that his side was robbed of the three points and was seemingly dejected. "Two points taken away from us tonight. It is going to be tough to make it to the playoffs. We set the team up at the exact same formation as the game as JFC, it was the first time we had the opportunity to do that," he reckoned.
Last Updated Feb 13, 2021, 10:39 AM IST