FC Tokyo drew with Jiangsu Suning at the Ajinomoto Stadium on Tuesday evening in an intriguing AFC Champions League match-up.
A win for the home side would have seen them leap-frog their opponents in Group E, guaranteeing them at least second place after three rounds of matches.
Victory for Jiangsu would have ensured top-spot in the group, irrespective of what happened in the game between Jeonbuk and Binh Duong.
However, it was not to be for either side as nobody could find the back of the net.
Tokyo opted to go with two front-men in Nathan Burns and Ryoichi Maeda, a pairing that only share three J-League goals between themselves this season.
While Jiangsu decided to cram the midfield by choosing a 4-2-3-1 formation with Brazilian star Jo as the lone forward.
Consequently, it should have come as no surprise that the first-half passed without any obvious opportunities being created by either side.
The second-half was also a relatively tight affair with very few shots on target.
It might not have been riveting viewing but the focus and efficacy of both defensive units had to be admired.
The match ended in a goalless draw which is of no great consequence to either club.
After three matches, Jiangsu are second in Group E with five points, one point behind leaders Jeonbuk. Tokyo are third with four points.
The two sides will play each other again early next month in round four of the AFC Champions League.