Bashundhara Kings players have been together only for less than a week but head coach Oscar Bruzon, admitting that his team are not settled yet, didn’t want to treat it as an excuse and rather wants to learn from the game before facing Chennai City Thursday
Sree Gokulam Kerala FC proved in their first match of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup why they are considered one of the favorites to win the I-League title next season as they beat Bangladesh Premier League champion Bashundhara Kings 3-1 at MA Aziz Stadium in the port city Tuesday.
Gokulam’s latest foreign recruit, Trinidad and Tobago national midfielder Nathaniel Garcia scored a spectacular goal from a bullet free-kick to double the lead taken by Ugandan striker Henry Kisekka before setting up Kisekka’s second goal.
Matin Mia pulled one back after coming on as a substitute in the second half where the misfiring Kings were denied by the post twice.
The Kings dominated possession at the beginning with Biplu Ahmed’s shot and Daniel Colindres’ header missing the target within the quarter hour-mark before Gokulam’s speedy wingers caused the host defence, covered by Yeasin Khan and Bishwanath Ghosh at center-half and Mohammad Ibrahim and Sushanta Tripura as full-backs, problems.
Yeasin was outmuscled by Kisekka inside the box during the first goal in the 24th minute when the Ugandan converted a long cross from close range with Bashundhara goalkeeper Anisur Rahman having a touch on the ball.
Garcia doubled the lead with a powerful free-kick from 20 yards that found the net through the top right side.
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Kisekka tripled the lead within a minute into the second half, placing past Zico following a fine cutback by Garcia inside the box.
Kings looked more organized and stronger in the last half hour, especially after Eleta Kingsley and Matin came off the bench and the latter scored the side’s first goal of the season in the 74th minute, placing home a rebound after Kingsley’s shot was blocked and Jalal Kdouh’s initial header was denied by the crossbar.
Lebanese striker Kdouh was denied by the sidepost once again two minutes later.
The Malabarians began their pre-season preparation three months ago and won the traditional Durand Cup in their debut appearance and fought neck-to-neck with some of the ISL giants during this time.
Bashundhara players, on the other hand, have been together only for less than a week but head coach Oscar Bruzon, admitting that his team are not settled yet, didn’t want to treat it as an excuse and rather wants to learn from the game before facing Chennai City Thursday.