Abahani Limited climbed to the top of the Bangladesh Premier League points after beating namesake Chittagong Abahani 2-1 at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday.
Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba and in-form English midfielder Lee Andrew Tuck scored one apiece in the second half to put the Sky Blues in a comfortable position before Zahid Hossain netted the consolation in the dying stages of the tie. Both the sides were reduced to 10 men in the final six minutes.
The victory enabled the four-time professional champions leapfrog Chittagong Abahani at the top of the 12-team standings. They have 26 points from 12 matches, moving two points clear of the port-city outfit.
Sunday punished the opponents for their profligacy with a fine goal in the 67th minute. The Nigerian forward's glancing header following a precise Tuck corner gave Chittagong Abahani goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana no chance.
Tuck doubled the lead three minutes later with a brilliant finish, chipping home over the onrushing custodian after meeting a defence-splitting through pass from Sunday.
Both the sides were reduced to 10 men as Chittagong Abahani substitute midfielder Mohammad Biplob and Abahani defender Mamun Miah received their marching orders in the 83rd minute.
Abahani midfielder Emon Babu fouled Lionel Saint Preux to award the opponents a penalty from which Zahid pulled one back a minute before stipulated time.
Mohammedan 2-1 Rahmatganj
Meanwhile in the other match of the day at the same venue, Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited came from behind to register only their second victory in the premier league when they defeated in-form Rahmatganj MFS 2-1.
It was only the second defeat for Rahmatganj who have been in amazing form to sit at the top of the table for the most parts of the league this season. The Old Dhaka outfit remained third with 22 points, four behind leaders Abahani.
After winning only one game out of 11 at the halfway stage, the Black and Whites are now seventh with 12 points.
Gambian forward Dawda Cessay put Rahmatganj ahead in the 28th minute with a left-footed placing shot following a pass from Ali Hossain.
Mohammedan could have equalised the margin at the half-hour mark but Rafiqur Rahman Mamun made a goalline clearance to deny Ismael Bangoura. Cameroonian midfielder Nzekou Patrice put things level in the 40th minute, heading home an Aminur Rahman Sajib free-kick.
Five minutes before the end of stipulated time, Bangoura found the back of the net with a neat header following a Towhidul Alam Sabu cross to seal three vital points.
Sunday 67, Tuck 70 1 Ctg Abahani
Zahid 89 - P
Patrice 40, Bangoura 85 1 Rahmatganj