The Sky Blues are second in the 13-team points table with 21 points from nine matches, behind newcomer Bashundhara Kings, who have 22 points from eight games
Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited’s glory days are long gone and it was once again evident Thursday as they were beaten 3-0 by reigning champion Abahani Limited in their rescheduled Bangladesh Premier League match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
The Sky Blues are second in the 13-team points table with 21 points from nine matches, behind newcomer Bashundhara Kings, who have 22 points from eight games.
The Black and Whites, in contrast, are languishing at 10th with five points from eight outings.
Abahani lost their previous match against Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra so they were desperate to return to winning ways in order to keep up the pressure on Bashundhara.
And they did just that against Mohammedan, thoroughly dominating the opposition en route to taking a 1-0 lead heading into the first half whistle.
Abahani could have taken the lead in just the sixth minute but forward Rubel Mia couldn’t connect from a cross from Haitian striker Kervens Belfort.
Mohammedan then got two opportunities to break the deadlock but fluffed their lines on both occasions.
In the 10th minute, Sky Blues goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel made a save to deny forward Toklis Ahmed’s header from a Habibur Rahman Sohag corner.
While in the 22nd minute, Gambian midfielder Landing Darboe headed over the bar, much to the frustration of the Mohammedan dugout.
Abahani went ahead in the 37th minute through Sunday Chizoba.
Sunday placed home after a shot from forward Nabib Newaj Jibon rebounded off the side-bar.
The Dhanmondi outfit doubled their lead in the 57th minute when South Korean midfielder Minhiyo unleashed an unstoppable right footer.
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The Motijheel outfit could have reduced the arrears in the 64th minute but were unable to utilise their chance.
Mario Lemos' Abahani ensured the three points three minutes later when Belfort headed home from a Rubel cross.
Sunday expressed delight after the game.
He said, “You need luck to win a game. We lost against Sheikh Russel despite playing well. We played well against Mohammedan, also scored some goals. This is everyone’s achievement.”
On the other hand Mohammedan assistant coach Shahidul Islam Jewel cut a frustrated figure after losing to their eternal arch-rival.
He said, “My charges couldn’t execute my plans, and played below-par. If they could, at least we would have earned a point.”
Abahani 3 (Sunday 37, Minhiyo 57, Belfort 67) 0 Mohammedan