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Abahani’s unbeaten run continues

  • Published at 09:54 pm April 17th, 2019
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Abahani's Rubel Mia shoots at goal during their AFC Cup match against Minerva in Dhaka Wednesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The Bangladesh champion had to be content with just one point at home but it was nevertheless a credible draw as they came back twice in the thrilling game

Abahani Limited continued their unbeaten run in the AFC Cup 2019 as they ended their match against Indian champions Minerva Punjab with 2-2 scoreline at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Wednesday. 

The Bangladesh champion had to be content with just one point at home but it was nevertheless a credible draw as they came back twice in the thrilling game.

With the draw, Abahani, who beat Nepalese champion Manang Marshyangdi Club in their first match at Kathmandu, now have four points in two matches while Minerva have two points from same number of games. 

Minerva started with an attacking intent from the beginning and Abahani goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel saved a powerful shot by Mahmud Al Amnah in the second minute. In the twelfth minute, Samuel Lalmuanpuia’s shot off Amanah's cross went over the Abahani bar.

The visitors broke the deadlock three minutes later, when Makan Chote’s cross found an unguarded Amnah and the Syrian found the net easily with a placing shot. 

After conceding the goal, the local side was desperate for an equalizer, but Abahani’s Afghan recruit Masih Saighani’s shot went over the bar. However, local striker Nabib Newaz Jibon revived parity for the sky blues two minutes later, when he made an immaculately placed shot off a Kervens Belfort pass. 

Abahani could have taken a lead in the very next minute but Sunday Chizoba squandered the golden opportunity when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. 

The Indian side took the lead in the 40th minute when Sreyas Gopalan intercepted a Saighani pass before taking a long distance shot to make the score 2-1. 

Abahani equalized in the third minute of the second half as Sunday Chizoba scored the second goal from a goalmouth melee after receiving a meaty free kick from Wali Faisal. 

Neither of the side, however, could press the tempo in the remaining minutes under extremely hot and humid conditions.