Odisha FC displayed great character in the second half as they fought back to hold Hyderabad FC to a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League match at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa here on Tuesday.
Halicharan Narzary (13th minute) put Hyderabad FC ahead but Odisha cancelled it out with a fine strike from Cole Alexander (51st).
It was one-way traffic in the opening half with Hyderabad all over Odisha. Their dominance saw them head into the break with a one-goal advantage after creating numerous chances.
The warning signs were evident for Odisha as early as in the 11th minute when a mistake from keeper Arshdeep Singh almost gifted Hyderabad the lead.
However, just two minutes later, Hyderabad would go on to break the deadlock. After receiving a long ball from keeper Laxmikant Kattimani, Aridane Santana flicked it on towards Liston Colaco, who made a run in the box. The youngster squared it towards Narzary, who notched his fourth goal of the season with an easy tap-in.
Odisha drew level as they scored from a set-piece against the run of play soon after the break. Rakesh Pradhan found Diego Mauricio from a throw-in, and he played the ball towards Alexander. The Odisha captain struck on the volley from outside the box, as Kattimani stood still, watching the ball head into the bottom corner.
Odisha continued to push for a winner in the dying minutes but some dogged defending from Hyderabad saw both sides settle for a point at the full-time whistle.