Both teams played a cautious game from the first whistle, attempting to assert their dominance without taking too many risks.
With neither side willing to allow the other any time on the ball, the first clear chance came near the end of the first half. Albirex's Yasuhiro Yamakoshi intelligently faked the Harimau Muda defense, leaving a pass for Musashi Okuyama to take a shot, but the midfielder's attempt was denied by the opposition goalkeeper.
Harimau Muda's Nazirul Naim suffered a shoulder injury at the stroke of half-time, forcing coach Ong Kim Swee to bring on D. Saarvindran. Saarvindran settled well into the game, creating one of Harimau Muda's better chances of the game, when he made a mazy run from midfield before squaring the ball to Irfan Fazali. Unfortunately for Harimau Muda, Fazali's shot went wide off the post.
The dying minutes of the game was played at a frantic pace, as both teams went in search of a winner. Frustration soon got the better of White Swans' Sho Kamimura and Harimau Muda's Affize Faisal, earning them both yellow cards after the duo came to blows.
Harimau Muda continued to rain attempts down on the Albirex's goal, but they found the White Swans' defence resolute, and the game ended in a stalemate.
The draw means Albirex Niigata continue to tie Brunei DPMM for second place in the league, while Harimau Muda sit in fifth place with their unbeaten record intact.