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ISL: NorthEast, ATK in goalless stalemate

IANS  |  Guwahati 

and fought to a goalles draw in their (ISL) encounter here on Sunday.

This is the third consecutive draw for NorthEast United in this year's edition. After draws against and Bengaluru FC, where they led till the closing stages of the game, NorthEast United were forced to share the spoils again.

NorthEast United have scored only one goal in their last three games but the point gained saw them reclaim the second spot with 20 points from 11 games. are still sixth with 16 points from 11 matches.

The match got off to a sedate start as neither team found any sort of rhythm in attack. Though the home side saw more of the ball in the opening exchanges, they were unable to trouble the defence which looked compact.

The first attempt on goal came in the 21st minute when Redeem Tlang showed good change of pace to work some space to shoot. However, his grounder was collected by an alert Arindam Bhattacharya in the ATK goal.

After a period of midfield slugfest, ATK forced their first chance when played in Balwant Singh with a shrewd lob but the Indian striker hit it straight at

The sloppy nature of the match continued for the rest of the half but the hosts were dealt a blow on the of half-time when defender was stretchered off injured. was forced to send in Gurwinder Singh instead.

Just before the end of the half, Manuel Lanzarote's freekick looked set to be headed in by Hitesh Sharma but Keegan Perera made a crucial intervention to keep the scoreline intact.

The slow-paced nature of the game continued in the second half as well with clear cut chances coming at a premium.

Even the substitutions made in the second half failed to provide the spark and the next real chance came in the 75th minute when unleashed a powerful effort from the edge of the box which went straight into the waiting hands of the

ATK, however, did have a couple of good chances towards the end. Everton's shot from close-range after a freekick from Noussair El Maimouni was blocked late in the game, and with a minute left to be played, saw a header from a Maimouni corner cleared off the line by Gurwinder as the match wound to a draw.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 21:58 IST
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