Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra returned to winning ways after handing defending champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club their second consecutive defeat in the Bangladesh Premier League, courtesy a narrow 1-0 win, at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
It was Sheikh Russel's second victory out of 11 matches as they got out of the relegation zone after the end of the first league phase. The result also put Uttar Baridhara at the bottom.
On the other hand, Sheikh Jamal ended the half-way campaign at fourth place earning 19 points.
Defender Nasirul Islam Nasir put Sheikh Russel ahead in the 16th minute. After collecting a through pass from Jamal Bhuiyan, Nasir sent the ball home between the legs of goalkeeper Mazharul Islam Hemel.
Sheikh Jamal went close to equalising when Anisur Rahman Sweet hit the sidepost at the hour-mark. Sheikh Russel custodian Ziaur Rahman made a brilliant save in the 41st minute, fisting away a powerful Sarwar Zaman strike following a Linkon cross.
Meanwhile, after a run of eight straight defeats, Uttar Baridhara finally won as they edged past Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-0 in the first game of the day at the same venue.
A late winner by Khalekuzzaman Sabuj meant that Uttar Baridhara registered their second victory of the league in their last match of the first phase after the newly-promoted club beat Sheikh Russel in their opening game of the league this season. In between, they lost all nine matches.
In contrast, Mohammedan are third from bottom.
The Black and Whites created their first real chance in the 34th minute when Cameroonian midfielder Nzekou Patrice's shot was blocked by a Uttar Baridhara defender. Uttar Baridhara midfielder Sentu Chandra Sen had a glorious chance to take the lead in the 56th minute when he failed to shoot in front of an empty net.
Sheikh Russel 1
(Nasir 16) 0 Sheikh Jamal
Uttar Baridhara 1
(Sabuj 84 - P) 0 Mohammedan