Like the opening game, Bashundhara Kings' performance was not upto the mark and if this continues in the do-or-die game against Terengganu FC in the last group match Saturday, they may see the exit door
Bashundhara Kings clinched their first win of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup after beating nine-man Chennai City FC 3-2 in an eventful encounter where four red cards were splashed on and off the pitch, including the head coaches of the two teams, at MA Aziz Stadium in the port city Thursday.
Lebanese striker Mohamad Jalal Kdouh netted a brace in the either side of each half while Kyrgyzstan international Baktyiar Duishobekov added the other for the misfiring Kings.
The visitor also fought well, despite being reduced to nine men, as they leveled the margin twice in the game.
Japanese midfielder Yusa Katsumi was at the center of attention in the opening half for getting engaged in a verbal clash with Sri Lankan referee Lakmal Weerakkody.
The incident happened in the 24th minute when Katsumi ran out of the pitch and kicked the table of the fourth official before receiving his marching order.
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The game was stopped for 12 minutes owing to the incident, which initiated after a foul by Emon Mahmud, and the referee blew the whistle for a free-kick in Chennai’s favor.
The Chennai players were asking the referee to show yellow card to Emon and in between all this, Katsumi lost his temper, complaining that the referee had uttered racist comments to him.
The coaches and teammates of both the teams, along with the match commissioner, tried to calm down the Japanese, who received the red card soon after getting back to the pitch.
The second splash of red cards occurred during extra time which was initiated after a foul on the pitch.
This time, Bashundhara head coach Oscar Bruzon was seemingly losing his temper as he entered the opponent’s dug-out.
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Bruzon and Chennai head coach Akbar Abdul Nawas shoved each other following a verbal quarrel before the referee showed red cards to both.
Earlier, Bruzon made four changes in the squad that lost to Sree Gokulam Kerala FC 3-1 in the first game, bringing in Nurul Naim Faisal, Matin Mia, Mahbubur Rahman Sufil and Alamgir Kabir Rana.
Kdouh gave Kings the breakthrough five minutes into the clock with a spectacular finish.
A long cross by Faisal followed by a Baktyiar back-header met the unmarked Kdouh, who showed great skill to receive it with his right foot and volley home with his left.
Despite Chennai being a man down, Spanish striker Pedro Manzi equalized in the 42nd minute, placing the ball into an empty net after Mashroor Shereef’s initial effort was punched away by Anisur Rahman Zico.
Like Gokulam's coach Varela, the club’s new signing Trinidad and Tobago international Nathaniel Garcia also admitted that his side have the potential to win the historic I-League title next season after kicking off the Sheikh Kamal Club Cup in style.https://t.co/6fk1dAlkyY#BFF— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) October 23, 2019
After Mohammad Ibrahim squandered a big chance early in the second half, Baktyiar put Kings ahead again at the hour mark, heading home from the goal-mouth following a cross by Daniel Colindres from the right flank.
Chennai were reduced to nine men in the 69th minute when defender Roberto Suarez fouled Colindres from behind and received his second yellow card.
But the visitor still managed to restore parity two minutes later after Faisal failed to clear a long ball properly and Mashroor side-volleyed home.
Kings created some great chances before Kdouh, who missed one opportunity earlier, sealed the winner two minutes before the end of stipulated time, placing home a rebounder after substitute midfielder Rabiul Hasan’s initial strike from outside the box was blocked by the keeper.
Like the opening game, Bashundhara’s performance was not upto the mark and if this continues in the do-or-die game against Terengganu FC in the last group match Saturday, they may see the exit door.
Bashundhara Kings 3 (Kdouh 5, 88, Baktyiar 59) 2 Chennai City (Manzi 42, Mashroor 71)