I-League 2021-22 | Rajasthan United FC and Sudeva Delhi FC draw

Rajasthan United FC and Sudeva Delhi FC shared the spoils in the opening game of the fourth round of matches at Naihati Stadium in the Hero I-League. Both teams tried to break down their opponents but couldn’t as a strong defensive performance gave both teams a point.

Ahead of this match, Sudeva Delhi FC picked up their first win the previous day against Churchill Brothers FC after two defeats in the previous game. Their keeper, Sachin Jha, had a great game and was looking for his second clean sheet of the season.

On the other hand, Rajasthan United FC were in great shape this season as they lost their first game against RoundGlass Punjab FC and won the other game against Aizawl FC. With a clean sheet in the previous game, they also viewed this game as a potential launch pad for the season.

The match kicked off with Sudeva trying to put pressure on Rajasthan United from the first minute by pressing the opponents high up the pitch. However, the game’s first attempt came from Rajasthan United in the seventh minute as Omar Ramos attempted a long-range shot but was unable to keep it on target.

The first big chance of the game came for Sudeva Delhi in the 10th minute with William Pauliankhum charging in one-on-one against Bhaskar Roy but the shot was weak and the keeper recovered the ball easily.

It was end-to-end stuff in the opening rallies as the RUFC raised the bar and in the fifteenth minute a fumble from the Sudeva defense gave Pedro Manzi a clear chance. Manzi had a clear chance on goal but Sachin Jha made a wonderful save to keep the scores level.

Following that, it was a dry spell in the game for much of it, with no real chances created and both teams trying to win the midfield battle. Ramos passed the ball to Aman Thapa in the final minutes of the half but it didn’t reach the target. The first half ended with both teams unable to complete their moves with the score 0-0.

The second half began with Rajasthan United replacing Ningthoujam Pritam Singh with Flan Ansel Gomes in search of a winner. Rajasthan started the half pretty well keeping possession of the ball for large parts. Aman and Anil Chawan were trying to create chances from the right side and the ball movement in the middle of the park was Rajasthan’s best.

Both teams were still tied with no big chances being created for either team. Sudeva Delhi tried something different with two substitutions in the 57th minute. Chesterpoul Lyngdoh replaced Akbar Khan who was cautioned in the first half and Sreyas VG replaced Shaiborlang Kharpan.

Even with the changes, both teams lacked edge in the final third as the game headed into stoppage time. Chesterpoul tried to cloud the goal in the final minutes but to no avail. The match ended 0-0, with both teams sharing the spoils. Sudeva Delhi’s Souvik Das was voted HERO of the game for his valiant efforts in midfield.

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