Dhaka Abahani returned to winning ways in style as last-gasp strike by Rubel Miya helped the reigning champions edge past archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-0 in the season’s first Dhaka Derby in the Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.
Before Rubel Miya’s deserved winner in the injury time, it was all about Mohammedan keeper Mamun Khan who produced a series of stunning saves throughout the game to keep the dominating Abahani side goalless.
Drago Mamic made two changes to the squad that conceded a shocking defeat against Farashganj in the last match. Shahedul Alam Shahed replaced injured Sohel Rana in the midfield while veteran midfielder Prantosh Kumar returned in the place of young defender Tutul Hasan Badsha.
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Dhaka Abahani's Rubel Miya celebrating the goal with his teammates.[/caption]
Mohammedan, who lost all of their matches in the league so far, made three changes from the last match with Toklis Ahmed, Biplu Ahmed and Nigerian midfielder Samson Illiasu replaced Jahid Hasan Ameli, Faisal Mahmud and Nkwocha Kingsley in the starting eleven.
With the win, the Sky Blues moved to jointly at second place with six points from three matches while the Black and Whites remained at the bottom of the table without a single point from three matches.
Mamun Khan made first save of the day in the 22nd minute when he tipped away a curved corner of Waly Faisal. Emeka Darlington headed over the bar following a cross of Emon Mahmud in the 38th minute.
In the 62nd minute, Samad Yussif tried his luck with a powerful strike from 35 yards which was finger tipped away by Mamun Khan for the cost of a corner. Moments later, Mamun rescued Mohammedan once again when he fisted away Shahed’s curved shot.
Mamun made another spectacular diving save to deny Emeka’s header in a cross of Waly Faisal in the 69th minute. The national custodian stretched to his right to fist away the Nigerian’s effort. Abahani was denied once again two minutes later and this time Emeka’s header following a long cross of Rubel hit the woodwork.
Rubel Miya gave the Sky Blues the much deserved winning goal in the first minute of injury time. The pacy youngster broke into the right side of penalty area before calmly placing home into the far post following a through from substitute young striker Nabib Newaz Ziban.
Chittagong Abahani move top
Chittagong Abahani registered their third straight victory to move to the top of the table as they comfortably defeated Team BJMC 2-0 in the day’s first match. The port city outfits are yet to concede a single goal scoring a total five goals in three matches so far. The Chittagong club are now solely at the top of the table with nine points from three matches.
Afeez Olawale Oladipo put Chittagong Abahani in the 63rd minute firing home from the middle of the box following a precise cross of Mansur Amin from the right flank.
Tawhidul Alam Sabuz doubled the lead in the 72nd minute placing home brilliantly into the far post with a left-footer after receiving a defence-splitting through from Abdullah. Sabuz scored in all three matches for Chittagong and currently leading the top scorers’ list with three goals along with Ismael Bangoura.