Mohammad Ibrahim’s goals should leave national team head coach Jamie Day with a smile on his face, as the former became the first player from the latest national team to get on the score sheet in the 17th match of the league
Mohammad Ibrahim netted a superb brace as Bashundhara Kings returned to winning ways by beating Brothers Union 3-2 in a thrilling Bangladesh Premier League encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday.
The combination of Ibrahim and Daniel Colindres was too much for Brothers in the opening hour, with the Costa Rican World Cup star adding the third goal himself while assisting other two.
However, the Oranges fought back bravely in the last half-hour to pull two goals back.
Ibrahim’s goals should leave national team head coach Jamie Day with a smile on his face, as the former became the first player from the latest national team to get on the score sheet in the 17th match of the league.
Oscar Bruzon fielded Ibrahim in two different positions - left-back against Uttar Baridhara Club and midfield against Police Football Club - before bringing him back to the left wing, where he regularly plays for the national team.
Ibrahim got his first in the 17th minute with a low strike at the near post from a Colindres cross.
It was the 22-year-old’s first goal of the season for the club.
Ibrahim’s second came just before the break, when a brilliant through ball from Colindres allowed him to drift inside the box before dribbling past keeper Jafor Sarder and rolling the ball into an empty net.
Biplu Ahmed got a great chance at the half-hour mark when he snatched the ball in his own half and sprinted towards the opposing goal, only to waste the effort by shooting straight at the keeper.
Colindres hit a spectacular strike two minutes into the second half, and the Costa Rican’s looping attempt from outside the box gave Jafor no chance as it curved into the top right corner.
Taking inspiration from consecutive draws against Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and Abahani Limited in the last two matches, the Gopibagh outfit went all out after that.
Nkwocha Kingsley chested down substitute Mobarak Hossain’s cross before pulling one back in the 63rd minute, while veteran midfielder Arup Kumar Baidya headed home a cross to make it 3-2 with a quarter-hour left in the game.
Ibrahim went close to the first hat trick of the league, but his final effort was saved as holders Bashundhara moved to joint top of the league alongside Saif Sporting with seven points from three matches.
Brothers 2 (Nkwocha 63, Arup 76) 3 Bashundhara (Ibrahim 17, 44, Colindres 47)