Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI: Army Green played out a goalless draw against Sudeva Delhi FC in a Group D Match of the 131st Indian Oil Durand Cup played at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium here today. Sudeva dominated possession in the first half and made it hard for the Greens in the middle of the park, but it was the Army men who created more in the second, but none of the teams could break the deadlock.
It was a high intensity start to the game, with both teams pressing hard to retain possession. This created a lot of changeovers as both midfields could not maintain the ball for long periods of time. Sudeva slowly started to control the game and created several moves in the Greens half.
However the best chance of the first half came in stoppage time to Army Green. A dead ball kick from their captain P.C Lallawmkima found an unmarked Anurag Gusain, who had the whole post free but his header went over the bar. A goal at this time would have been immense for the Army but it remained nil at half time.
In the second half it was a different story and Army Green controlled the proceedings. Manager Robikanta Singh made changes that saw the Army team being livelier and piling on the pressure on the Sudeva defence.
Army Green were creative with their set pieces and were creating chances from them. A corner from the right found Lallawmkima, whose header went wide even after Sebin's attempt to divert it in. Sudeva captain Nishchal Chandan defended well in crucial situations putting out some excellent tackles to deny the Greens.
The draw takes Army Green to four points from two matches and Sudeva now have two points from the same number of matches.
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