The 39th game of the Hero I-League between the AIFF developmental side Indian Arrows and former Champions Aizawl FC ended in a goalless tie with both the teams sharing a point each. The game was being played at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. Indian Arrows Captain Amarjit Singh was adjudged the hero of the match.
The first half began with hosts Indian Arrows and the visitors Aizawl FC eyeing a win for a different reason. While the hosts looked forward to adding a second win to their kitty, former Champions Aizawl FC were keen to finish their away sojourn on a winning note. Indian Arrows playing in sky blue while Aizawl FC in white began on a comparatively slow note.
While the halftime stats suggested otherwise with Aizawl FC having a better possession rate but it was the young Arrows who showed more intent and eagerness to score. The Arrows today again showcased some good passing skills but their creativity inside the box led them to the end of the first half without a goal.
While on the contrary, Aizawl did try making a few attempts but none of them was close enough to unsettle Arrows goalkeeper Prabhsukan Gill. In What can be called a slow-tempo first half, it was the home team who got the best chance in the game but missed out by a whisker in the 41st minute when an accurate long ball pass from Anwar Ali to Rahim Ali failed to find the back of the net, ensuring the first 45 minutes of the game remained goalless.
The second half began with the visitors taking charge of the attacks. The closest that they went was in the 50th minute when their Cote D’Ivoirian forward Zikahi Dodoz missed a sitter from right in front of the goal from inside the box.
Aizawl soon came back with another chance in the 52nd minute when Lalkhawpuimawia missed scoring from a Kromah cross. Indian Arrows again increased their pace by the middle of the second half but couldn’t really convert any chance to their favour.
One of the closest chances that the Arrows had was in the 80th minute when a superb shot from Boris hit the Aizawl FC woodwork denying the hosts of a lead. A few attempts thereafter came from both sides but nothing to change the scoreline of the game.
With the goalless game coming to an end both Indian Arrows and Aizawl FC share a point each without any change in their respective position on the points table.
Full-time: Indian Arrows 0-0 Aizawl
90+2 Substitution Rahim Ali OFF Khumanthem Ninthoinganba Meetei IN
89: Yellow card Kareem Omolaja Nurain
88: Substitution Ansumana Kromah OFF David Lalrinmuana IN
84: Substitution Lalengmawia OFF Suresh Singh Wangjam IN
77: Substitution Paul Ramfangzauva OFF Kareem Omolaja Nurain IN
77: Substitution Lalremsanga Fanai OFF Albert Zohmingmawia IN
75: Substitution Narender Rahul OFF Kannoly Praveen IN
73: Yellow card Anwar Ali
46: Second half kick-offo
Half-time: Indian Arrows 0-0 Aizawl FC
7: Yellow card Mamit Vanlalduatsanga
1: First half kick-off
Aizawl FC line-up: Lalawmpuia, Vanlalduatsanga, Hmingthan Mawia, Lalhriat Renga, Alfred Kemah Jaryan, Paul Ramfangzauva, F.lal Remsanga, Lalram Hmunmawia, Zikahi Leonce Dodoz, Ghanefo Ansumana Kromah, Lalkhawpuimawia.
Indian Arrows line-up: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Boris Singh Thangjam, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Narender, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Rahim Ali, Asish Rai, Deepak Tangri, Lalengmawia, Vikram Singh.