NorthEast United FC and Jamshedpur FC played out a 0-0 draw in the opening round Indian Super League in Guwahati despite the former dominating large parts of the game. The match did, however, produce the first red card of the season as Andrey Bikey was sent of dangerous play with 15 minutes to go.
The hosts were the dominant side, particularly in the second session, but could not finish off some impressive moves as the goalpost denied them twice and rival goalkeeper Subrata Paul came up with a superlative save in a one-on-one situation.
Eight minutes into the game, NorthEast United were again knocking at the opposition's door. This time Marcino turned provider. His corner found Goncalves inside the box but the Portuguese defender's shot was well blocked by goalkeeper Subrata Paul.
Debutants Jamshedpur FC were finding it hard to hold on to the ball. But for all that time on the ball, NorthEast United didn't manage to create any clear-cut opportunities in the first 45 minutes.
At the other end, Steve Coppell's men almost took the lead in added time against the run of play. After making a darting run into the NorthEast United box, Sameegh Doutie's low cross found Izu Akuza who had both time and space in the box to take a shot. But TP Rehenesh was up to the task; the goalkeeper's outstretched leg kept the score goalless.
In the second half, NorthEast United, determined to open the scoring in front of their home supporters, took their game a notch higher. Marchino's corner almost crept into Subrata Paul’s goal in the 55th minute. Three minutes later, Danilo Cezario found himself clear on goal but the forward could only toe-poke the ball wide.
Jamshedpur did eventually respond. Azuka, Jamshedpur's best player on the night, came close again. His acrobatic shot from a corner was deflected for a corner.
Sensing an opportunity, NorthEast United piled on the pressure but the visitors defended well to return home with a point.