Pune FC held Costa Rican premier league club Deportivo Saprissa to a goalless draw in a group-B league match of NVD 117th IFA Shield football match at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Thursday.
Pune FC, which lost 3-0 to Mohun Bagan in the opening group league match, saw its semifinal hopes dwindling with the draw against Saprissa.
The Costa Rican side, which is the only foreign outfit in the tournament after the Bangladeshi side Muktijoddha Sangshad pulled out, failed to live up to its reputation by putting out a mediocre performance.
Pune FC had a few scoring opportunities but with its attackline — having the likes of James Moga, Subhash Singh and Douhou Pierre — faltering in the striking zone the much-needed win remained unrealised.
With two teams qualifying to the last-four stage from the group, Pune FC dropped to the third spot with one point from two matches while Saprissa was second behind leader Mohun Bagan (three points) with one point from its first outing.
The result: Pune FC 0 drew with Deportivo Saprissa 0.