Odisha FC remained unbeaten at home after a goalless draw against ATK Mohun Bagan in an Indian Super League (ISL) match on Thursday. The Juggernauts once again maintained more possession but could not find the decisive touch as the Mariners kept their fourth clean sheet on the trot. It was the first 0-0 draw of the ISL 2022-23 season. Saul Crespo’s injury and Nandakumar Sekar’s suspension left Isaac Chakchuak and pedro Martin will come into the starting XI for the hosts, with Sahil Panwar replacing Lalruathara at left-back.
Hugo Baumas dropped to the bench for ATKMB as 20-year-old striker Fardin Mollah made his ISL debut. Their other change saw Brendan Hamill return to defence Lenny Rodriguez was benched.
Chances abounded, but the first half ended goalless. Odisha FC kept more of the ball, but ATKMBE came close to breaking the deadlock. Despite attempting eight shots, the Juggernauts failed to put a single one of them on target.
In the 42nd minute Liston Colaco cut the ball in from the left for ATKMB and Carl McHugh Amarinder Singh got his boot into it before making a save to keep it away.
Odisha FC had their best chance in stoppage time of the first half when Rainier Fernandes floated in a promising ball from a free kick. It came straight to Carlos Delgado, who headed it over the bar from close range.
In the second half, two minutes after the hour mark, Narendra Gahlot’s effort from outside the box flew just wide of the far post.
It was one-way traffic from there as the Juggernauts applied the pressure. In the 69th minute, Rainier’s shot from the edge of the box went straight to Vishal Keith and McHugh’s head went over the bar.
In the 88th minute, Odisha FC came very close to breaking the deadlock. Isaac played the ball from the left flank towards the far post, where Gahlot headed it back across goal and Osama Malik’s header from close range hit Keith’s crossbar.
Odisha FC moved to fourth place in the table with 19 points after their first draw of the season. They will travel to Kochi for their next match against Kerala Blasters FC on 26th December.
ATK Mohun Bagan are third with 20 points. The Mariners travel to Guwahati for their next match against Northeast United FC on December 24.
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