I-League: Neroca held goal-less by Aizawl, suffer jolt to title hopes
Neroca FC’s title aspirations suffered a jolt as they had been held to a goal-less draw by Aizawl FC of their essential I-League match in Imphal on Saturday.
In a carefully contested and tactical match, each side failed to rating though there have been many clear possibilities.
Neroca had two clear possibilities, one on the stroke of half time, which Nedo Turkovic muffed, and one other deep into the match that was wasted by Felix Chidi.
Aizawl striker Zikahi Leonce Dodoz had a golden probability to hand his aspect full three factors within the second minute of the stoppage time, however he shot vast.
With the draw, Neroca remained on second spot within the league desk with 28 factors from 15 matches, one level lower than desk toppers Minerva Punjab. But the essential level is that Minerva Punjab had performed two matches lower than Neroca.
Each aspect within the I-League will play 18 matches and Neroca thus have simply three matches left.
Aizawl, who had misplaced to Neroca 1-2 within the first leg, remained on sixth spot with 17 factors from 13 matches.
Gift Raikhan made three adjustments to his aspect that beat Gokulam Kerala 1-Zero. Dhananjoy Singh, Aryn Glen Williams and Pritam Singh had been changed by Govin Singh Moirangthem, Nedo Turkovic and Yumnam Gopi Singh respectively.
As for the guests, Lalrosanga, Albert Zohmingmawia and Yugo Kobayashi had been changed by Lalthathanga Khawlhring, David Lalrinmuana and Shylo Mamsawmtluanga.
Felix Chidi threatened to rating within the early phases of the sport. The Nigerian striker stole the ball from Masih Saighani earlier than storming into the field and feeding Gopi, who failed to join correctly, permitting goalie Avilash Paul to come out and avert hazard.
Afghanistan’s Saighani performed the match hours after touchdown right here from Guwahati. He was handed the PAP (Protected Area Permit) yesterday solely by the Home Ministry, which allowed him to journey to Imphal and play the match.
Chidi threatened once more when he made area for himself exterior the field and between two defenders, however his left-footed piledriver flew inches vast of objective.
Aizawl participant David Lalrinmuana’s corner-kick previous the half-hour mark brought on havoc contained in the Neroca field, however Leonce Dodoz failed to maintain his shot on track.
The greatest opening of the half fell to Neroca on the stroke of breather. A gorgeous cross from the precise fell to an unmarked Nedo Turkovic contained in the field, however the 28-year-old striker one way or the other missed a tap-in from close-range to maintain the scoreline intact.
Both sides had possibilities on the hour-mark when Chidi’s long-range effort scraped the submit earlier than flying vast and Ionescu’s cross fell to David Lalrinmuana, whose try at objective had the Neroca goalkeeper monitoring again to his line because the ball flew over the bar.
Lalrinmuana’s shot at objective within the 73rd minute hit the Neroca web nevertheless it had taken an off-side contact because it flew by way of the crowded penalty field, forcing the referee to rule out a possible opener.
Both sides failed to end off possibilities however had loads of promising moments all through.
Dodoz’s right-footed shot within the second minute of added time was off beam because the referee introduced the partaking affair to an in depth.