Saif Sporting Club continued their winning streak as they came from behind twice to beat Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited 3-2 in a thrilling Bangladesh Premier League encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
Meanwhile in the day’s other match in the afternoon at the same venue, Brothers Union registered their first win in the league this season when they edged Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra 1-0.
Newcomer Saif Sporting leapfrogged holder Dhaka Abahani Limited to third place with 12 points from five matches while Mohammedan, who earned their first win in their previous match after three straight losses, remained third from bottom with only three points from the same number of outings.
Toklis Ahmed scored for the second straight match to put the Black and Whites ahead with 12 minutes into the clock, placing home from the six-yard box following a cross from Nkwocha Kingsley Chigozie from the right side.
Saif Sporting cancelled out the lead in the 22nd minute through midfielder Jewel Rana.
Young forward Matin Miah provided a precise cross from the left side for Jewel inside the box and he made no mistake heading home from six yards.
Mohammedan went ahead again in the 32nd minute.
Faisal Mahmud delivered a curving cross from the right flank, Saif Sporting goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico slightly blocked the effort but it instead hit the sidepost before bouncing into the net.
The delight didn’t last long however, as Colombian midfielder Deiner Andes Lordaba restored parity six minutes later with a sliding header following a corner from defender Shakil Ahmed.
Hember Arley took the lead for Saif Sporting for the first time when the Colombian forward fired home into the near post in the added time of injury time.
Meanwhile, after two losses and as many draws in their previous matches, Brothers’ victory helped the side move to seventh place from joint bottom.
They now have five points from six matches while Muktijoddha remained sixth with six points from as many games.
The Gopibagh outfit had the chance to score in the added time of the opening half.
Following a cutback from Mohammad Mesbah into the goal-mouth scramble, Ghanaian veteran Twum Frank’s shot from the middle of the box was saved by Muktis keeper Uttam Barua.
Brothers custodian Abdul Kader made a brilliant block at the hour mark to deny Muktis defender Abbas Inusah’s header following a free-kick from Shafiqul Islam Bipul.
Haitian striker Augustin Walson, who was the club’s top scorer last season, finally gave his side the breakthrough in the 71st minute slotting home past Uttam from the top of the box.
Saif Sporting 3
(Jewel 22, Andes 38, Hember 45+2) 2 Mohammedan
(Toklis 12, Faisal 32)
(Walson 71) 0 Muktijoddha