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Aizawl, Neroca play out goalless draw in northeast derby


Players of NEROCA FC (white) and Aizawl FC in action during the northeast derby of I-League at Aizawl on Wednesday.
 AIZAWL, Nov 7: The second northeast derby of the Hero I-League between Aizawl FC and Neroca FC ended in a goalless draw here on Wednesday.

Both teams had their chances in a game in which hosts Aizawl had a slightly better of exchanges, but a goal eluded them throughout the 90 minutes.

Both Aizawl and Neroca have two points from three games and remain on the bottom rungs of the standings.

The second half saw end-to-end football and was clearly more entertaining but both Gurpreet in the Aizawl goal and the Neroca custodian Maouro Boerchio managed to return their first clean sheets of the campaign.

Both the coaches, Gift Raikhan of Aizawl and Spaniard Manuel Fraile of Neroca, go away from the game with their worries around their strikers not converting chances.

Gift, coaching for the first time against his previous side, chose to field an unchanged eleven from the previous game against Mohun Bagan. Fraile effected four changes into the eleven which started the last game against Gokulam Kerala.

Neroca were the more circumspect to begin with, and Aizawl pressed hard for a goal early. They earned as many as six corners in the first 30 minutes of the game but could not break through.

Nigerian defender Kareem Nurain of Aizawl had two close shaves through two free kicks. In the 23rd minute, Aizawl’s third corner of the game saw Neroca defender Sebastian make a hash of his attempted clearance and the ball fell to Alfred Jaryan whose powerful volley from just outside the keeper’s area was well saved by Boerchio. – PTI

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