New Delhi, INDIA
Pakistan hold Maldives to a frustrating goalless draw in their second game of this year’s SAFF championship. Maldives dominated the game, however the Pakistan defenders kept Maldives strikers limited to open chances.
In the 12th minute Ashfaaq supplied a decent ball into the box but keeper saved it before any Maldives player reacts to the ball.
Maldives best chance of the half came in the 41st minute when Ismail Mohamed crossed the ball to unmarked Thoriq, whose weak shot from the six yard box was saved by the keeper.
Maldives pushed hard into the Pakistan area to find an opening goal but was limited to chances by Pakistan defenders.
In the 70th minute Umair fired a long range effort but went over the cross bar.
Pakistan went close to finding the net in the 73rd minute but Hasnan Abbas couldn’t reach Ansar’s cross.
In the 87th minute of the game, Maldives skipper Ashfaaq had the best chance to kill the game off, but with his favourite left foot and from close range sent the ball inches wide off the target.
And in the extra period of the game, Thoriq fired from a difficult angle but once again didn’t find the target.