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I-League: Mumbai share spoils with Chennai City

ANI  |  Mumbai [India] 

FC played out a goalless stalemate against City FC in what was their most crucial match of the ongoing I-League here on Sunday.

Mumbai's new head coach made three changes to the side which drew against Churchill Brothers. Thoi Singh made his return to the side after being sidelined for the past month, and he took his familiar position on the wings. Pratik Chowdhary returns to the side along with a front two of Karan Sawhney and Anderson Da Silva.

City FC lined up according to the script, with captain Dharmaraj Ravanan retaining his place in the side. Brazilian Charles De Souza and Soosai Raj started the match up front.

FC started the match on the front foot, as City looked marooned in their own half during the opening 10 minutes, goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani almost outside his penalty box and dictating play.

Reagan Singh right back for the men in yellow played a dangerous cross, but Anderson Silva couldn't manage to guide the ball on target.

City dealt with the oncoming waves of attacks courtesy their organised defence. However, they did try to make life difficult for Mumbai, looking threatening whenever they got the ball, though the occasion to do so was quite limited. Karan Sawhney had a clear shot on goal from 35 yards,

box prompted a superb save from keeper Karanjit Singh. Barely 30 seconds later, the same player had a snapshot from the box, though this time, he shot inches wide.

Debarata Roy, the City left back almost scored a spectacular own goal as his clearance caught Karanjit Singh unaware, who was forced to tip it over for a corner.

carved a great chance to score at the stroke of half time when Densill Theobald played in Farukh Choudhary with only the keeper to beat, but his effort though on target was saved well by Karanjit.

The second half started like a completely different match, as both the sides went for the kill.

However, none of the teams went on to score despite making valiant efforts.

As the clock ticked towards the last 15 minutes, it looked inevitable that someone would score for either team.

FC needed to score to have any hope of staying up. They almost did, as Alex Willian tied up Victorino Fernandes at the near post, who shot wide.

The game increasingly was budging to one of desperation as four minutes of added time was announced.

The game ended with the score deadlocked at 0-0.

will now host Shillong Lajong FC in their penultimate round match on April 23.

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First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 11:28 IST