ISL: NorthEast, Pune eke out a draw
Guwahati: NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) and FC Pune City (FPC) missed a lot of scoring opportunities as their Indian Super League (ISL) match ended in goalless draw, in Guwahati on Saturday.
NorthEast's James Keene rues a missed opportunity. Pic/ISL/Sportzpics
The visitors got a wonderful opportunity during the 42nd minute but Nigerian striker MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi failed to push the ball inside the net even as only one NEUFC defender was behind him.
The home team too got a beautiful chance in 82nd minute after Zambia's midfielder Kondwani Mtonga passed the ball to Spanish forward Sergio Contreras Pardo, better known as Koke, but the Spaniard failed to convert it into goal despite absence of any defender of FPC.
The match started on an exciting note when FPC's defender Pritam Kotal took a direct hit in the 6th minute on the opponent's goal but missed.
In the 18th and 21st minutes, the home side got two corners but could not convert them into goals.
Midfielder Alen Deory and Spanish defender Joan Capdevila saw headers going narrowly past the post few minutes later.
In the 27th minute, NEUFC's Koke created an opportunity for Mtonga but he could not push the ball inside the net.