Daniel Colindres netted the first goal of the league with a simple poke near the goalline after goalkeeper Azad Hossen failed to grip a Sufil cross, allowing the ball to roll towards the goal-line
Holder Bashundhara Kings kicked off their Bangladesh Premier League campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over promoted Uttar Baridhara Club, thanks to Daniel Colindres’ late strike, followed by Yeasin Khan’s red card, at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari Thursday.
The 12th edition of the professional league began at three different venues with Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and Brothers Union taking on each other at Sylhet District Stadium and Chittagong Abahani Limited and Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited locking horns with each other at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
When the galleries of Dhaka and Sylhet were almost empty, a notable number of spectators came to watch the first match of the reigning champion, who however, were not at their best, especially in the opening half, in the absence of regular forwards Matin Mia and Biplu Ahmed due to injury.
Colindres, the Costa Rican World Cupper, started as lone striker but didn’t get enough support from the premier league debutant Rimon Hossain from the wing, and was also tightly marked by the opponents who fielded five defenders at the back.
Abahani could not even make it to the playoff of the @theafcdotcom due to opponent’s advantage of away goals despite being held to a 2-2 draw on aggregate after Wednesday’s goalless draw in the return leg of the Preliminary Round 2 against Maziya SRC.https://t.co/2bl3rRyIUl#AFC— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) February 13, 2020
Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon was forced to make an early substitution to replace the injured Emon Mahmud (knee) with Alamgir Kabir Rana at the half-hour mark before Anisur Rahman Zico produced a splendid save to tip away Landing Darboe’s dangerous free-kick in the 41st minute.
Argentine midfielder Nicholas Dlemonte tried his luck with a long-ranger just a minute after the break but the effort missed the sidepost by a whisker.
Mahbubur Rahman Sufil replaced Rimon in the 55th minute but nothing much changed in the front line.
Colindres hit the sidepost in the 70th minute before his low free-kick created a good chance for Topu Barman, but the defender failed to connect as the Kings went all out for the goal after former national striker Towhidul Alam Sabuj came off the bench to replace full-back Bishwanath Ghosh in the final quarter.
Reigning champion Bashundhara Kings start as favorite against newly promoted Uttar Baridhara Club in the inaugural match in Nilphamari as the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League kicks off at three separate venues Thursday.https://t.co/3zj7v7gNVM#BASHUNDHARA #KINGS #UTTARBARIDHARA— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) February 13, 2020
Moments after Baridhara captain Sumon Reza was denied by the woodwork, Colindres netted the first goal of the league with a simple poke near the goalline after goalkeeper Azad Hossen failed to grip a Sufil cross, allowing the ball to roll towards the goal-line.
Bashundhara’s delight was overshadowed soon though by the sending off of center-back Yeasin, who received his second yellow card for tackling Sumon from behind, before Landing and Colindres missed two good chances in injury time as both the keepers were alert.
“The most important thing in the first league game is getting the three points. I am satisfied on that as it will help to build up the team confidence for the next games,” said Bruzon after the game.
Kings 1 (Colindres 86) 0 Baridhara