I-League 2018-19: Aizawl FC, Indian Arrows continue poor run of form by playing out goalless stalemate

The halftime stats showed that Aizawl FC had a better possession rate but it was the young Indian Arrows who showed more intent and eagerness to score.

Press Trust of India December 14, 2018 22:13:43 IST
I-League 2018-19: Aizawl FC, Indian Arrows continue poor run of form by playing out goalless stalemate

Cuttack: Former champions Aizawl FC and Indian Arrows played out a goalless draw in the I-league on Friday, sharing a point each.

ILeague 201819 Aizawl FC Indian Arrows continue poor run of form by playing out goalless stalemate

Former champions Aizawl FC were unable to find a way past Indian Arrows' defence, leading to a goalless stalemate. Twitter@ILeagueOfficial

The game was being played at the Barabati Stadium. Indian Arrows captain Amarjit Singh was adjudged Hero of the Match.

The first half began with Indian Arrows and Aizawl FC eyeing win for a different reason. While the hosts looked forward to adding a second win to their kitty, former Aizawl FC were keen to finish their away sojourn on a winning note.

While the halftime stats suggested otherwise with Aizawl FC having a better possession rate but it was the young Arrows who showed more intent and eagerness to score.

The Arrows again showcased some good passing skills but their lack of creativity inside the box let them down. Aizawl did try making a few attempts but none of them were close enough to unsettle Arrows goalkeeper Prabhsukan Gill.

In what can be called a slow-tempo first half, it was the home team who got the best chance but missed out by a whisker in the 41st minute when an accurate long ball pass from Anwar Ali to Rahim Ali failed to find the back of the net, ensuring the first 45 minutes of the game remained goalless.

The second half began with the visitors taking charge of the attacks. The closest they went was in the 50th minute when their Cote D'Ivoirian forward Zikahi Dodoz missed a sitter from right in front of the goal from inside the box.

Aizawl came back with another chance in the 52nd minute when Lalkhawpuimawia missed from a Kromah cross. Indian Arrows again increased their pace by the middle of the second half but couldn't convert the chances.

One of the best chances that the Arrows had was in the 80th minute when a superb shot from Boris hit the Aizawl FC woodwork, denying the hosts lead.

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