Bashundhara have now 40 points from 14 matches and extended the gap by six points with second position holder Abahani, who have 34 points from same number of matches
Bashundhara Kings earned a massive victory on Sunday in the Bangladesh Premier League to give their title chances a heavy boost. The league leaders beat defending champions Dhaka Abahani by a solitary goal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium thanks to an outstanding free kick of Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov.
With the win, Bashundhara have now 40 points from 14 matches and extended the gap by six points with second position holder Abahani, who have 34 points from same number of matches.
Abahani have now lost both the games against newly promoted cash-rich Bashundhara, who beat them 3-0 at Nilphamari, and their hope of defending the title of the 13-team league has become very bleak.
But the Dhanmondi-based side dominated the possession throughout the match and with some staunch Bashundhara defending, some bad luck and lack of finishing from their players in the final third saw them losing the most important encounter of the tournament at home ground.
Abahani failed to penetrate in the box despite having the ball control early in the game. Jewel Rana failed to take a proper shot in the 17th minute from inside the box while Sohel Rana’s weak effort was easily gleaned by Bashundhara goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico five minutes later.
Experienced Mamunul Islam’s free kick was squandered in the 30th minute as none of the Abahani player could make a contact in the penalty box.
But, Bashundhara got a goal against the run of play eight minutes later. After getting a free kick Kyrgyz defender Duyshobekov made an inch perfect shot to beat Abahani’s goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel in the far post.
The Kyrgyz man took a slower shot but placed it perfectly in the top-left corner and although the tall goalkeeper made a full-stretch dive he could do nothing to stop that.
Shahidul could however save another free kick taken by Brazilian Marcos Vinicius, minutes later. While, Abahani’s Haitain forward Krevens Belfort’s shot was saved by Zico at the next minute to keep his side’s lead intact at break.
Fading local giant Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited registered two consecutive victories in the Bangladesh Premier League for the first time this season as they edged Arambagh Krira Sangha 1-0 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.https://t.co/oxRrpqyXmU#BFF #BPL— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) May 18, 2019
Abahani came with intent in the second half and created a chance straight away. Nabib Newaz Jibon’s shot was deflected by a Bashundhara defender to Sunday Chizoba, who made a cut back, but Mamunul’s shot went over the bar.
Alamgir Kabir Rana wasted an opportunity by taking a wayward shot eight minutes later after Sunday’s shot was deflected off Zico.
Jibon missed a great opportunity in the 75th minute as he tried a pass to Rubel Mia instead of attempting a shot on goal from the vantage position he was possessing.
But the closest chance for Abahani came in 88th minute as Belfort’s shot was denied by crosspiece . And that perhaps illustrated the fate of the Dhaka giant not only in the match but also, perhaps for the league.