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Chennai City & Shillong Lajong play out goal-less draw

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

and Lajong played out a hard-fought goalless draw in their match here today.

Both sides created goal-scoring chances but failed to give the finishing touches to end the match in a stalemate at the

With one point from the match, Lajong remained at fifth spot in the league table with 18 points from 16 matches.

Chennai City, on the other hand, now occupy the ninth place with 13 points from 15 matches.

An picked up in the game against Mohun Bagan forced to sit out the crucial fixture against Lajong.

Kabir replaced the after an impressive outing as a substitute in the last match in which he saved a penalty. and were paired up front with employed on the left.

made four changes to the Lajong team that started in their last game against Lachenpa, Laurence Doe, Lalrohlua and Novin Gurung were replaced by Nidhinlal, Joo-Ho, and Alan Deory.

The home side came out of the blocks soon after the referee's whistle. Aleksander Rakic's inch-perfect through- ball split the Lajong defence and latched onto it as he ran into the box. The Chennai skipper's over the struck the woodwork.

Abdoulaye Koffi found space on the right channel as he surged into the box but the effort off his left foot landed straight to Kabir.

delivered a delightful free-kick towards the far-post in the 18th minute. Aiban's header forced Kabir to produce a finger-tip save to keep the scoreline intact.

Schumeiko's poor clearance alerted at the of half-time. Jagne passed the ball to Koffi who shot at goal but it wasn't well-timed as the collected easily.

Rakesh Pradhan's long diagonal was stolen off Koffi's feet by an alert Kabir. The goalkeeper, however, missed the chance to head clear a long ball by Lajong and gifted an opportunity to Jagne who released a shot at an empty goal. Dharmaraj Ravanan rushed back to clear the ball before it hit the net.

At the other end, pulled off similar heroics when he rushed back to clear a deflected effort from Schumeiko off the goal-line.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 17:25 IST