NorthEast United played out their third consecutive draw in the Indian Super League, sharing the honours this time with ATK at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium in Guwahati on Saturday. After draws against Jamshedpur and Bengaluru, where they led till the closing stages of the game, NorthEast United were held to a goalless draw by ATK following a slow-paced game.
NorthEast United have scored only one goal in their last three games but the point gained saw them reclaim the second spot with 20 points from 11 games. ATK are still sixth with 16 points from 11 matches. The match got off to a sedate start as neither team found any sort of rhythm in attack. Though the home side saw more of the ball in the opening exchanges, they were unable to trouble the ATK defence which looked compact.
The first attempt on goal came in the 21st minute when Redeem Tlang showed good change of pace to work some space to shoot. However, his grounder was collected by an alert Arindam Bhattacharya in the ATK goal.
After a period of midfield slugfest, ATK forced their first chance when Everton Santos sent the ball to Balwant Singh with a shrewd lob but the Indian striker hit it straight to NorthEast goalkeeper Pawan Kumar.