Under pressure to get themselves out of the relegation zone, Rangdajied United FC continued with another poor show at home and were held to a 1-1 draw by Mumbai FC in an I-League match here on Sunday.
Yohei Iwasaki broke the ice for the home team in the 19th minute to warm the hearts of the home crowd. Yusif Yakubu netted a game leveller 17 minutes later as Mumbai FC endured an extremely cold weather to take home a point.
A resurgent Mumbai FC came on full force denying the home side a full three points. They got a corner kick as early as the first minute after the whistle was blown but Nicholas Rodrigues failed to capitalise the opportunity.
Four minutes before Iwasaki scored the match's first goal, the home side came close to find the net but Mumbai FC goalie came out to clear a long pass from Edmar Figueira to Manandeep Singh.
The Japanese striker confidently netted with a header off a Mumun Lugun corner kick in the 19 minute of the game.
The visitors nearly equalised the following minute but the free kick by Rodrigues went a little too high above the bar.
The visitors failed to convert a number of opportunities even as their foreign import Yusif Yakubu made his way past few defenders and levelled the score with a powerful right footer.
Returning from the lemon break, both sides struggled to outwit each other on the artificial turf at the J N Stadium.
Rangdajied FC should have capitalised after the visitors were reduced to 10 men after referee red carded Sandesh Jhingan for his offensive elbow attack but they failed to do so.
As a result of the draw, Rangdajied FC gathered 12 points and were placed ahead of only Churchill Brothers FC who are at the bottom of the table.