ISL: Drab draws drown Super Sunday
FC Goa played out a goalless draw against Mumbai FC in a closely-contested Indian Super League (ISL) fixture at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yesterday
Margao: FC Goa played out a goalless draw against Mumbai FC in a closely-contested Indian Super League (ISL) fixture at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yesterday.
Mumbai goalkeeper Subrata Paul (on the ground) collides with Goa's Tolgay Ozbey at Goa's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Pic/ISL/Sportzpics
Elsewhere in Kochi, Delhi Dynamos played out a goal-less draw against Kerala Blasters.
The draw takes Mumbai FC to 10 points from seven matches to remain on fifth place while FC Goa continued to occupy the bottom spot of the league table with five points at the halfway stage of the tournament.
FC Goa had better ball possession with fluent short passes. But, their moves fizzled out once they reached the rival box as they failed to get past the Mumbai FC defence.
FC Goa had their first chance to surge ahead when a move from the left saw Mandar Rao lay a pass to Bikramjit Singh whose shot missed the target narrowly.
The visitors, who looked dangerous on the counter, caught the FC Goa defence napping on a couple of occasions.
Once, Deepak Mondal found the net after he was set up by Andre Moritz but was ruled off side by referee Jarred Gillet.
Nicolas Anelka was kept quiet for some time by Goa defender Youness Bengelloun but came on his own as he laid an overhead pass to Johan Letzeiter whose effort, however, went over the bar.
Anelka later set up forward Nadong Bhutia, who also failed to control the ball inside the box and was subsequently dispossessed.
Del Piero flops
In Kochi, Dynamos played out a goal-less draw against Kerala Blasters in a high-intensity ISL match here yesterday.
Delhi's birthday boy Alessandro Del Piero made the starting eleven but the Italian legend, who turned 40, could not make much of an impact.