Mohammedan Sporting Club finally registered their first victory in the Bangladesh Premier League this season after beating reigning champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 1-0 in their 10th match at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday.
Tawhidul Alam Sabuj put Mohammedan ahead three minutes into the second half, smashing home after Nzekou Patrice's corner was headed down by Shahadat Hossain Shahed inside the box.
Sheikh Jamal goalkeeper Mazharul Islam Hemel produced an outstanding save to deny a powerful free-kick of Senegalese defender Yaya Sy in the 19th minute. A full-stretched Hemel dived to his right to rescue Sheikh Jamal on that occasion.
Mohammedan are ninth with nine points from 10 matches while Sheikh Jamal are joint top with Rahmatganj with 19 points each. Rahmatganj though are ahead on goal difference.
In the day's other match at the same venue, struggling Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra continued their poor form as they conceded yet another defeat, this time against Arambagh Krira Sangha, who edged past them 1-0.
Brazilian midfielder Thiago Tyson netted the all-important goal in the first half to help Arambagh post their third victory in the league this season while it was Sheikh Russel's seventh defeat in 10 matches. Sheikh Russel had earned their first win in their previous match against Mohammedan.
Sheikh Russel remained second from bottom in the table with only five points while Arambagh, who had to start without their first-choice custodian Mitul Hasan due to suspension, moved to sixth place with 14 points. Pappu Hossain replaced Mitul between the bars.
Thiago Tyson gave Arambagh the breakthrough with a brilliant strike in the 37th minute. Following a lovely flick from Mohammad Abdullah, the Brazilian took little time outside the penalty area before unleashing an amazing left-footer that deflected off Monaem Khan Raju to sneak past Sheikh Russel netminder Zia.
(Sabuj 48) 0 Sheikh Jamal
(Tyson 37) 0 Sheikh Russel