Jamshedpur FC and Hyderabad FC shared a point each as they canceled each other out in a goalless draw at the Tilak Maidan on Sunday.
This was Hyderabad's third draw on the trot, and Jamshedpur's first point after they started the calendar year with three straight losses.
New signings Farukh Choudhary and Seiminlen Doungel were among the four changes made by Jamshedpur while Roland Alberg was handed his first start as Hyderabad rang in two changes.
The opening half was an open-ended contest with both sides hitting the post but failing to find the net. Hyderabad fashioned better chances but Jamshedpur keeper TP Rehenesh produced two fine saves to keep the scoreline goalless heading into the break.
Rehenesh was called into action as early as the ninth minute. Aridane Santana found Joel Chianese with a neat through ball in the box but the latter's effort was kept out by Rehenesh, who came off his line well in time.
The Jamshedpur goalkeeper pulled off another fine save around the half-hour mark, denying Halicharan Narzary this time. Receiving the ball from Chianese, Narzary made his way into the box before drilling a shot toward the far corner, but Rehenesh dived full stretch to push the ball away onto the post and out.
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Jamshedpur started imposing themselves as the first half drew to a close and nearly broke the deadlock from a corner. Hyderabad keeper Laxmikant Kattimani fluffed his lines while dealing with Aitor Monroy's cross, allowing Stephen Eze to head the ball. But his effort struck the woodwork before being cleared out.
The second half turned out to be a scrappy affair with neither sides able to carve out clear-cut chances. Hyderabad had a chance to score through a set piece but Santana failed to keep his shot on target. Hitesh Sharma's free kick was cleared by Eze and it fell to Santana, who sliced his volley wide of the post.
Jamshedpur registered their first shot on target in the 87th minute, with Nerijus Valskis missing a decent chance. Farukh won the ball and delivered a cross in the box for Valskis whose header was saved by Kattimani.
The best chance of the game arrived in injury time with Farukh nearly handing Jamshedpur the lead. Prancing into the box after receiving a long ball from Monroy, the forward had only the keeper to beat, but his shot found the side netting.
The draw means Hyderabad FC remain fourth with 18 points in 13, while Jamshedpur FC move up a place to seventh with 14 in 13. Hyderabad play Bengaluru FC next on the 28th, while Jamshedpur play Kerala Blasters on the 27th.