Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bashundhara Kings win 12 in a row

Bashundhara Kings win 12 in a row

Table-topper Bashundhara Kings continued their winning run in the Bangladesh Premier League as they beat Arambagh Krira Sangha 3-0 in Mymensingh’s Rafique Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium Friday, report agencies. Following their 18th win in the top-flight on their debut appearance, the Kings are still at the summit with 55 points from 19 matches, four ahead of second placed Abahani Limited, who have played a game more. The Kings, who have now 12 in a row, had beaten Arambagh 3-2 in the first phase. Fifth placed Arambagh have 26 points from 20 matches. The game resumed from the eighth minute onwards after inclement weather forced the abandonment of the tie Thursday at the same venue. Following their 18th win in the top-flight on their debut appearance, Bashundhara Kings are still at the summit with 55 points from 19 matches, four ahead of second placed Abahani Limited, who have played a game more The Kings scored all three goals in the second half as the first ended goalless. Maruful Haque’s charges went behind in the 54th minute when Brazilian forward Marcos de Silva scored from the penalty spot after one of the Arambagh players handled the ball inside the box. Costa Rica’s World Cup star Daniel Colindres doubled the lead in the 68th minute from a Bakhtiyar Duishobekov cross. Colindres bagged his second, and the Kings’ third, when he found the back of the net in the 76th minute. Earlier, Bottom-placed Team BJMC registered their fifth straight Bangladesh Premier League defeat after losing against Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra 1-0 at Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali Thursday. Japanese midfielder Yusuke Kato netted the only goal in Muktijoddha’s solitary margin win over struggling BJMC. BJMC are likely going to become the one team among two to get relegated as they remained at the bottom with only eight points from 20 matches while Nofel Sporting Club, Brothers Union and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society have equal 16 points from 19 games. Reigning champion Abahani Limited exacted revenge for their first-leg defeat as goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel’s heroic display in the opening half saw them edge past Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra 1-0 in the Bangladesh Premier League at a muddy Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Thursday. With Thursday’s win, which was their sixth in a row, Abahani reduced the gap to only one point with table leader Bashundhara Kings, although the former have played two games more. The Sky Blues earned 51 points from 20 matches while Sheikh Russel remained third with 39 points from 19 games. Sheikh Russel beat Abahani 2-0 in the first phase. It was Sheikh Russel who created pressure on the opponent’s defence early in the game but Abahani custodian Sohel’s brilliant display in between the posts kept them at bay. Sohel made a diving save in the third minute to deny Ukrainian forward Valerii Hrysher’s powerful left-footer from long range before punching away Nigerian striker Raphael Onwrebe’s dangerous header for a corner in the 10th minute. Abahani had their first opportunity at the half-hour mark when Rubel Mia fed the ball onto the way of Jewel Rana, whose last-ditch slider went wide off the far post. Sohel produced another superb save four minutes later, tipping away Raphael’s volley from the top of the box. The Sky Blues had a couple of close attempts in the added time of injury time. Nabib Newaj Jibon’s shot from inside the box was blocked before Masih Saighani’s header moments later flew over the bar. In a battle of two lowly teams, Brothers Union FC beat NoFel Sporting Club by 2-1 goals in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city on Thursday. Midfielder Mannaf Rabby and Sudanese forward James Moga scored one goal each for Brothers Union in the 19th and 80th minutes respectively while midfielder Jamir Uddin scored the lone goal for NoFel SC in the 50th minute. In day’s another match, Muktijoddha Sangsad KC defeated Team BJMC by 1-0 goal at Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali. Japanese forward Yusuke Kato scored the match-winner for the Muktijoddha Sangsad in the 81st minute. The day’s other match between league leaders Bashundhara Kings and Arambagh Krira Sangha was washed out due to heavy rain at the Rafique Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh. The match was abandoned after eight minutes. After the day’s matches, Brothers Union advanced to the 11th slot from 12th securing 16 points from 19 matches while NoFel SC remained at the 10th slot with better goal difference despite the same 16 points from 19 matches. Despite winning the match, Muktijoddha Sangsad KC remained at their previous 8th slot securing 21 points from 19 matches while Team BJMC remained at bottom with their previous collection of 8 points from 20 matches.

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