Central Coast Mariners Hold Odisha FC To Goalless Draw To Reach AFC Cup Inter Zonal Final


Central Coast Mariners hold Odisha FC to a goalless draw to reach AFC Cup Inter Zonal final

Odisha FC could not take advantage of the home advantage and ended in a 0-4 draw on aggregate.© X (formerly Twitter)

Indian Super League side Odisha FC failed to reach the AFC Cup inter-zone final after being held to a goalless draw by Australia's Central Coast Mariners in the home leg in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. After losing the first leg to the A-League team, Odisha FC could not capitalize on the home advantage and finished 0-4 on aggregate. Mikel Doka missed a penalty in the first half for the Mariners, but it didn't matter as the Australians went into the second leg with a 4-0 lead from the first leg in Gosford last week.

Central Coast traveled to India with confidence after a comprehensive win in the first meeting between the teams and Jackson's side got off to a great start.

Ronald Barcellos tried to take advantage of an early Odisha defensive error, but his shot from 20 yards deflected off the chest of goalkeeper Amrinder Singh, who then blocked Angel Torres' close-range effort.

The visitors were soon given the chance to open the scoring when Ryan Edmondson was brought down by Carlos Delgado as he burst between the Spaniard and Mourtada fell, prompting referee Majid Al Shamrani to point to the spot.

But Doka, who had converted a penalty in the first leg, failed to take advantage, sending his shot wide of the goalkeeper's left post and sending Amrinder the wrong way.

The Mariners dominated possession but lacked the dominance shown a week earlier, but the Australians still looked more likely to score.

Odisha defender Fall had to make a volley to head Max Ballard's free-kick under pressure from Edmondson, while the Englishman fired his volley into the side-netting in the 61st minute when he was in position to score. Was.

With the game in the final quarter, Christian Theohars had his low shot curled around the post, which Doka headed into the penalty area, while substitute Miguel Di Pizio's late effort was easily cleared by the Mariners. Was.

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