Kochi: Kerala Blasters FC remained winless for the third consecutive match following a goalless draw towards Odisha FC in a Hero Indian Tremendous League match on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium right here on Friday.
The competition was marred by accidents to key gamers from each groups as Jairo Rodriguez, Raphael Messi Bouli and Aridane Santana needed to be substituted within the first half. The modifications affected the tempo of the sport that in the end ended with out a winner.
Blasters and Odisha now have 4 factors every from as many video games and occupy the fifth and sixth place on the league desk.
Kerala, who have been already hampered by accidents this season, suffered a significant blow within the fourth minute when captain Rodriguez went down injured. He was changed by Abdul Hakku.
Nevertheless, the house facet continued to press excessive up the sector to try to take the sport to their opponents, however Odisha have been nicely organized on the again.
A cautious interval of play early on got here to a halt when a head-on collision contained in the field following a corner-kick left Aridane Santana and Messi Bouli requiring medical consideration.
Following an extended pause, the sport resumed with Mohammed Rafi and Carlos Delgado changing the injured gamers.
With each groups struggling to create clear-cut probabilities, Sahal Abdul Samad took issues into his personal fingers as he launched into a stellar solo run after choosing up the ball from the appropriate flank.
The midfielder outfoxed three defenders earlier than Narayan Das introduced him down contained in the field, however the referee rejected vociferous appeals for a penalty.
Blasters have been the higher facet within the first half, though by high quality margins.
Mohammed Rafi’s drilled cross into the field from the appropriate was met by Rahul KP whose audacious volley failed to check goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro.
The groups struggled to boost the tempo and preserve maintain of the ball after the break as nicely. Odisha threatened when Jerry Mawihmingthanga’s cross put TP Rehenesh in a spot of trouble. The goalkeeper spilled the ball contained in the field however Nandhakumar Sekar hit the rebound into the side-netting.
Prasanth Karuthadathkuni had the group up on their ft when he lower in from the appropriate flank and pulled the set off, solely to ship the speculative effort over the bar.
There have been a pair extra probabilities at both finish as the sport wound down, however a purpose remained elusive.
With 4 minutes left, a Prasanth cross from the left was flicked in the direction of the far publish by second-half substitute Bartholomew Ogbeche for Rahul whose agency shot was stored out by Dorronsoro.
Daniel Lalhlimpuia, on the different finish, spurned an opportunity in addition to each groups settled for a degree.