Hyderabad FC to face Army Red in a must-win encounter

Hyderabad FC to face Army Red in a must-win encounter
Hyderabad FC to face Army Red in a must-win encounter

In what is expected to be a cracker of a match, ISL side Hyderabad FC will take on a confident Army Red Football Team in a Group D 130th Durand Cup game on September 19, 2021, at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK). A win will ensure either team’s passage to the knockout stages of the iconic tournament. The match will be LIVE streamed on addatimes app from 3 pm IST.

Hyderabad FC has three points from two matches so far, courtesy of a win against Assam Rifles and a loss against Gokulam Kerala in their last game. The Reds are relatively better placed with four points from as many games. They just need to ensure they do not lose, to qualify.

Speaking ahead of the game, Hyderabad FC’s coach Shameel Chembakath spoke about the importance of this match and said, “Indeed, it is a crucial match for us. We will try our best, as this is our final chance to qualify. I am very impressed with my players’ performance. We will be moving with the same spirit and try our best to get further up the pitch. We will try to return to our winning ways to secure 3 points . We are all in this together.” He also shared his thoughts on the Army Red team and added, “They are very strong and well drilled. One of the best teams in the group. I believe they have been playing together for quite some years. It makes a lot of difference.”

Army Red’s coach, Anustup Sarkar, also expressed his thoughts and discussed if playing against an ISL side adds to the pressure. He said,” After facing the full squad of GKFC, we are confident to face any team and name may be Hyderabad FC, but as we have seen, it’s not their ISL side. We will go for a win.”

Gokulam Kerala FC, who is currently on 4 points, will play in another deciding Group D match tomorrow, September 19, 2021, against Assam Rifles at the Kalyani Stadium.

With inputs from Pratyusha Mukherjee, a BBC Journalist based in Kolkata

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