Vis­i­tors ex­tend un­beaten run as Ne­roca hold Chen­nai 0-0

Millennium Post - - SPORT -

COIMBATORE: Coimbatore wit­nessed a goal­less af­fair on Tues­day even­ing be­tween Chen­nai City and NE­ROCA as the two sides hes­i­tated taking risks to open the scor­ing.

Home side Chen­nai City lined up in a 4-4-2 shape with the duo of Soo­sai Raj and Murilo Almeida in the at­tack; on the other hand, Gift Raikhan opted for a sim­i­lar for­ma­tion which saw Nedo Turkovic paired with Nige­ria-born Felix Chidi up-front. V Soundarara­jan’s side kicked off their ac­tion early in the game as Vanspaul was fed the ball on the left wing be­fore he squared it for Soo­sairaj which saw the 23-yearold release a shot wide of goal, in the se­cond minute. While the hosts pre­ferred build­ing their chances from the mid­dle, NE­ROCA seemed to opt for long balls for their strik­ers to con­nect with, in­side the box.

In the 33rd minute, the crowd wit­nessed chaos in­side the op­po­si­tion’s 16-yard box when Soo­sairaj de­liv­ered a long throw-in which saw a header off Charles be­ing poorly cleared by de­fender Kal­lon. Fol­low­ing his sloppy move, the ball reached Murilo who was tack­led by Wil­liams to ob­struct his at­tempt on the goal. Although Chen­nai City seemed in bet­ter con­trol of the pro­ceed­ings, a firm de­fen­sive per­for­mance from the vis­i­tors meant that the two teams walked off the pitch at the break with the dead­lock yet to be bro­ken.

The se­cond half saw an early chance from the hosts as Charles re­leased a shot from long range af­ter Fa­bien gifted the ball to the South­ern­ers’ mid­fielder. How­ever, his de­liv­ery landed safely into the hands of the NE­ROCA goal­keeper.

In the 78th minute, from the cen­tre of the park, Wil­liam made a run to­wards the Chen­nai City box, go­ing past two chal­lenges in his path, only to lose con­trol of the ball later.

As both out­fits failed to fin­ish off their chances, the game ended in a goal­less draw. The re­sult meant Chen­nai now have 9 points in their kitty while NE­ROCA have 15.

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