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Abahani return to winning ways

  • Published at 01:22 am July 21st, 2019
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Abahani's Sunday Chizoba vies for the ball against Saif Sporting during their BPL match in Dhaka Saturday BFF

Bashundhara Kings however, kept their place at the top with 58 points from 21 matches while Abahani Limited remained at second with 54 points from 22 games

Abahani Limited returned to winning ways after the reigning champion staged a remarkable comeback in the second half to pick up a 4-1 win over Saif Sporting Club in the Bangladesh Premier League at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.

Both the sides were reduced to 10 men in the second half.

Bashundhara Kings however, kept their place at the top with 58 points from 21 matches while Abahani remained at second with 54 points from 22 games.

The Sky Blues fell behind in the opening half when Colombian midfielder Deiner Cordoba took the lead in the 37th minute with a powerful side-volley following a headed back pass from Jafar Iqbal.

Sunday Chizoba brought parity six minutes into the second half from a penalty after Saif Sporting goalkeeper Saiful Islam brought down Nabib Newaj Jibon.

Both the sides were reduced to 10 men when Abahani’s Afghan defender Masih Saighani and Saif Sporting’s Rwandan defender Emery Bayisenge received a straight red card for being engaged in a fight after Jewel Rana was fouled inside the box to earn the Sky Blues another penalty.

Jibon took the penalty and sent the opponent keeper the wrong way to take the lead in the 59th minute. 

It was Jibon’s 14th goal in the league this season and he is the top-scorer among the local players now. 

Sunday extended the lead five minutes later with a brilliant shot from the right side of the box after receiving a pass from Jewel. 

Sunday took his goal tally to 19 to lead the top-scorers’ list.

Mamunul Islam scored an outstanding “Olympic Goal” in the 80th minute as he struck straight from the corner. 

The national midfielder took a looping corner from the right flag that curved home into the far post as the keeper missed the flight.

After the final whistle when the players were leaving the pitch Saif captain Jamal Bhuiyan received a red card from referee Anisur Rahman.