Chennai City and Shillong Lajong play out hard-fought goalless draw in I-League

Vastavam web: Chennai City and Shillong Lajong played out a hard-fought goalless draw in their I-League match here today.Both sides created goal-scoring chances but failed to give the finishing touches to end the match in a stalemate at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.An injury picked up in the game against Mohun Bagan forced Chennai City goalkeeper Uros Polijanec to sit out the crucial fixture against Lajong.

Kabir replaced the injured custodian after an impressive outing as a substitute in the last match in which he saved a penalty. Aleksander Rakic and Jean Micheal Joachim were paired up front with skipper Soosairaj employed on the left.Alison Kharsyntiew made four changes to the Lajong team that started in their last game against Minerva Punjab.Abdoulaye Koffi found space on the right channel as he surged into the box but the curling effort off his left foot landed straight to Kabir.

Set-piece specialist Samuel Lalmuanpuia delivered a delightful free-kick towards the far-post in the 18th minute.Aiban’s header forced Kabir to produce a finger-tip save to keep the scoreline intact.Rakesh Pradhan’s long diagonal was stolen off Koffi’s feet by an alert Kabir. The goalkeeper, however, missed the chance to head clear a long ball by Lajong and gifted an opportunity to Jagne who released a shot at an empty goal.