I-League 2018-19: Indian Arrows, Aizawl FC play out goalless draw

Indian Arrows and Aizawl FC failed to convert their chances in a keen I-League tussle in Cuttack.

Indian Arrows showcased some good passing skills, but its lack of creativity inside the box let it down. Photo: AIFF Media

Aizawl FC and Indian Arrows, two teams languishing towards the bottom of the I-League points table, played out a goalless draw on Friday at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

Arrows, the host, had looked forward to securing its second win of the season against an under-firing opponent. The team, in the first half, was seemingly more eager to score a goal, as compared to its opponent. However, Aizawl FC had better possession.

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The tempo of the contest was slow, in this period. In the 41st minute, Arrows gained a good opportunity to score; it missed out narrowly, Anwar Ali’s accurate long-ball pass to Rahim Ali failing to result in a goal.

Close shaves

Arrows, in the second half, too, showcased some good passing skills. But the team’s lack of creativity inside the box let it down. Aizawl did make a few attempts to score, but none of them was close enough to unsettle Arrows goalkeeper Prabhsukan Gill.

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This period began with Aizawl FC taking more initiative. In the 50th minute, its forward Zikahi Dodoz missed a seemingly easy chance to score; he was right in front of the goal from inside the box. Aizawl had another chance in the 52nd minute, when Lalkhawpuimawia failed to convert a cross from Kromah.

Arrows again increased its tempo by the middle of the second-half, but couldn’t convert the chances.

One of the best chances the team had was in the 80th minute. An excellent shot from Boris hit the Aizawl FC woodwork.

Arrows captain Amarjit Singh was adjudged Hero of the Match.

Indian Arrows occupies the 10th position in the points table, while Aizawl FC, with six points from nine matches, is ninth.

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