Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a hat-trick as Hyderabad FC reclaimed atop the Indian Super League standings with a dominating 4-0 win over SC East Bengal at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Monday.
Ogbeche's triple strike (21st, 44th, 74th minute) extended his lead in the goal-scoring charts.
Aniket Jadhav (45 1) also got on the scoresheet for the Nizams.
The result took them to the top of the table with 20 points, ahead of Kerala Blasters FC on goal difference.
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Joao Victor tested Arindam Bhattacharjee from a free-kick early into the game following a strong start by the Nizams.
The goalkeeper was called into action a few more times later after having to make saves from Sauvik Chakrabarti and Aniket Jadhav.
SC East Bengal gave a better account of themselves after the drinks break in the first half.
They almost scored the equaliser but a save from Laxmikant Kattimani and a goal-line clearance from Joao kept the Hyderabad lead intact.