Rajasthan United FC continued its brilliant run in the 131st Durand Cup football as it held the city giant Emami East Bengal FC to a goalless draw in a Group B league match at the Kishore Bharati Stadium here on Thursday. Rajasthan United, which sprung a big surprise in its first outing by beating the other city giant ATK Mohun Bagan 3-2, put out another spirited show to force a draw against East Bengal.
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The drawn result saw the I-League representative Rajasthan United getting level on points with the former Indian Super League champion Mumbai City FC on top of the current group standings. Both the teams have four points each, while East Bengal, which played its second consecutive goalless draw, remained third with two points. ATK Mohun Bagan remained winless at the bottom with just one point.
East Bengal, which had the full quota of four foreign players in its roster, started well and made repeated assaults at the defensive opposition. But the goal remained elusive as the men in its attack –V.P. Suhair, Sumeet Passi, Amarjit Kiyam and Brazilian Alex Lima -continued to fumble with the opportunities coming their way.
The opening 30 minutes saw East Bengal earning three chances, but the Rajasthan United goalkeeper Niraj Kumar twice and the crosspiece saved the efforts from the former’s attackers. Rajasthan United had a chance to take the lead in the 62nd minute, when it earned a penalty as East Bengal substitute Souvik Chakraborty brought Rajasthan midfielder Remsanga down inside own box. East Bengal custodian Kamaljit Singh judged Rajasthan forward Sergio Barboza’s attempt from the spot rightly to save the day for East Bengal.
Army Green FT and Sudeva Delhi plays out goalless draw
Army Green wasted chances in the second half to share the honours with Sudeva Delhi FC in a goalless Group D match of the Durand Cup football tournament at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Thursday.
Army Green, which missed a sitter in the stoppage time of the first half, controlled the proceedings in the second period but could not utilise the opportunities that came its way.
The draw took Army Green to four points from two matches. Sudeva gathered two points from as many matches.
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