Edeh Chidi-less Mohun Bagan wasted many opportunities against Pune FC as both teams played out a goal-less draw in their round 15 I-League match at Howrah Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday.
The qualifiers from Pune continued their unbeaten run in the last seven matches as Mohun Bagan could not score a goal with their ace striker Jose Ramirez Barreto missing his partner Edeh Chidi sorely.
In Chidi's absence, coach Satyajit Chatterjee played Ryuji Sueoka in the forward line but the Japanese recruit was lacklustre and could not make use of the supply by Barreto.
Marcos Pereira too had some fine chances but the Brazilian too made a mess of them.
For Pune FC, Subrata Pal impressed under the bar as the India goalkeeper was adjudged Man of the Match for his fine saves.
Minutes after the changeover, Pal thwarted a James Singh back-volley. Mohun Bagan had the best chance in the 86th minute but Marcos Pereira failed to put the ball in an open goal.
There was also a chance in the 76th minute but this time Snehashish Chakraborty could not score despite Pal was out of position.
The I-League runners-up now have 24 points, while Pune FC are one point adrift after 15 matches.