Vasco : Mizoram and Punjab played out a goal-less draw to split points in a Group B match of the 71st Santosh Trophy football tournament at Tilak Stadium here today.
With today's draw, Mizoram and Punjab took their tally to four points each from two matches. Mizoram, who have a better goal difference, are at the top of the points table.
Mizoram, who started well stitching good moves with quick short passes, had a couple of early chances but it was Punjab keeper Paramjit Singh who brought off fine saves to deny Lalsangbera Sangbera and V Lalchhuanawma Vanchhawng from scoring.
Punjab failed to play a cohesive game in the first half as they failed to come up with constructive moves. They tried to use the long ball to break the rival defence and nearly succeeded in the 15th minute when Vijay Kumar shot from close ranged only to be palmed away to safety by rival keeper Lalruatpuia.
After the change of ends, Punjab were more thrustful and had two close chances to score. A Manvir Singh header was parried by rival keeper Lalruatpuia.
Mizoram retaliated and had a chance to score but Lalbiakailua failed to connect Lalrinchhana's goal-bound shot.