NorthEast United and FC Pune City battled out a goalless draw in an exciting atmosphere of northeast India. Although both sides had goal scoring opportunities, both failed to score the elusive goal. The standout performers of the match was, NorthEast’s Koke who brilliantly molded the midfield to his advantage and FC Pune City’s Kostas Kastarouins.
Kostas, has been one of the standout performers of the Super League so far and has been one of the key links between FC Pune City’s attack and defense.
FC Pune City’s gaffer Franco Colomba, expressed his satisfaction after stealing a point away from the highlanders.Presiding his post match press conference, he said, “I cannot ask for more from my boys, effort-wise. When you are playing in a tournament where the fixtures come thick and fast and you are often playing two to three times a week, a team can sometimes lose the lucidity in its play. We could have perhaps treated the opportunities that fell to us in a better way, but then, a point away from home is sometimes not a bad result.”
The Italian also added that this result was one of many opportunities wasted to go top of the Super League, “Sometimes, you cannot judge things like this. I think at this stage every point gained is vital. We are still in the top four and have home games to play.”
Surprisingly, FC Pune City deployed Mehrajuddin Wadoo – a central midfielder into the right back zone and Pritam Kotal – a right back into the central midfield zone, although this tactical switch worked wonders, there were some raised eye brow in the media.
“I noticed that Wadoo was able to track back and cover the wide positions while Pritam was marking the space behind the forwards well. It is always good when you have players who are flexible.” explained Colomba
As the spoils of battle were shared between the two sides, FC Pune City climbed upto third with twelve points while NorthEast United sit two points below them, at fifth with ten points and still in contention for the semi-final berths.