East Bengal FC sneaked past a nine-man Hyderabad FC by 1-0 in their Indian Super League match in Hyderabad on Saturday.

A 11th-minute headed strike by Brazilian striker Cleiton Silva ensured that the visitors got the three points and were elevated to the eighth spot in the standings.

The Red & Gold Brigade came into this match seeking their first win in six games, especially after succumbing to consecutive losses to NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC in the run up to Saturday’s encounter

Head coach Carles Cuadrat was desperate to find solutions to the varied problems troubling them since the victory in the final of the Kalinga Super Cup in Bhubaneswar last month.

To their credit, the East Bengal players were up for the task right from the offset, with Nishu Kumar playing a vital role for the same on the left hand side of the field.

Sprinting ahead with purpose, the former Kerala Blasters FC star swung in a cross by beating his marker for Silva, who was positioned merely yards away from the Hyderabad FC goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh. Silva made the right jump, meeting the ball perfectly and nodding it home to get the coveted lead.

Even post the break, East Bengal stuck to their attacking strategy. Victor Vazquez spotted reasonable open space on the right flank and he curled in a lateral delivery for the onrushing East Bengal FC defender Hijazi Maher inside the box.

Maher got at the end of the cross but couldn’t keep control over his headed effort, but it also arguably showed a certain lack of promptness from the Hyderabad FC ranks to overcome the challenges thrown to them by the Kolkata-based club.

Hyderabad FC had more troubles coming their way as both Alex Saji and Joao Victor picked their second yellow cards and were sent off in the added time of the second half. This will lead to them missing the coming game, adding further woes to Hyderabad’s depleted squad and winless run in the current season.

East Bengal FC have overtaken Chennaiyin FC and Bengaluru FC with this win, and will hope that the victory gives a good boost to their qualification prospects for the playoffs.