Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra continued from where they had left off in the first phase as they began their Bangladesh Premier League second phase with a 1-0 win over Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra at Bangabandhu National Stadium Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Arambagh Krira Sangha returned to winning ways after losing their previous three matches as they came from behind to beat Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society 2-1 in the day's second game at the same venue.
The victory took Sheikh Russel to fifth place in the points table with 19 points from 12 matches while the Muktis, who suffered their ninth defeat, remained second from bottom with only seven points. Rahmatganj and Arambagh remained at their previous positions of eighth and ninth with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Following a dull opening half, Sheikh Russel went close to scoring eight minutes into the second half but Muktis goalkeeper Uttam Barua made a quick move to deny Zaki Sarhan's effort after the Egyptian forward broke into the box collecting Raju's through pass.
Captain and defender Uttam Kumar Banik finally gave Sheikh Russel the breakthrough in the 69th minute, heading home a cross from midfielder Monayem Khan Raju from the right side.
In the 81st minute, Muktijoddha forward Saikat Bhoumik failed to keep his volley on target from the middle of the box following an indirect free-kick inside the box.
In the other game, Rahmatganj dominated the first half an hour where Dawda Ceesay put the Old Dhaka outfit ahead in the 25th minute from a penalty.
Nigerian defender Kingsley Chukwudi equalised in the 35th minute, placing the ball into the net after he met midfielder Habibur Rahman Shohag's free-kick from inside the box.
Arambagh went ahead in the game three minutes into the second half when captain Abu Sufian Sufil hit the back of the net following a cross by Rajon Mia from the left side.
Sk Russel 1
(Banik 69) 0 Muktijoddha
(Kingsley 35, Sufil 48) 1 Rahmatganj
(Ceesay 25 - P)