It was the 24th and last game for Abahani who was emerged champions in the last two editions
The six-time professional league champions Abahani Limited became the first club to complete their Bangladesh Premier League fixtures after the Sky Blues, this season’s runners-up, handed Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club a thrashing 4-1 defeat at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.
New champions Bashundhara Kings also returned to winning ways as they beat Saif Sporting Club 2-0 away at Rafique Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh, thanks to a brace from Costa Rican World Cupper Daniel Colindres.
Meanwhile in the other match in Sylhet, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and Rahmatganj MFS played out a 2-2 draw at Sylhet District Stadium. In-form Nigerian forward Raphael Onwrebe scored a brace for Russel while Faysal Ahmed and Siyo Zunapio netted one each for the Old Dhaka outfits.
It was the 24th and last game for Abahani who was emerged champions in the last two editions. The Sky Blues earned 58 points winning 19 matches, losing four and drew only one. The Kings continued to lead the table with 62 points having one more game in hand.
Sheikh Russel remained at third place with 49 points from 23 matches while Rahmatganj stayed at 10th with 21 points with same number of outings.
Nofel Sporting Club kept their hope alive of avoiding relegation in their debut Bangladesh Premier League season as they edged Chittagong Abahani Limited 1-0 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.https://t.co/gkmDGRIAyx#FOOTBALL #BANGLADESH #BANGLADESHFOOTBALL #BPL— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 28, 2019
Abahani, who were held to a draw against Chittagong Abahani in the last game, took an early lead in the fifth minute when Nabib Newaz Ziban placed into the net following a pass from Sunday Chizoba before the striker doubled the lead just before the half-time following two consecutive efforts. It was Ziban's 17th goal in the league this season to tie at joint second-place with Raphael (Sheikh Russel).
League’s top scorer, Nigerian forward Sunday took his goal tally to 20 in the second half after heading home in cross of Jewel Rana. Defender Mamun Miah scored an own goal while clearing Solomon King’s cross to give Jamal the consolation. Sohel Rana netted Abahani’s last goal of the league with a powerful strike from outside the box.
Bashundhara, who confirmed the title after a draw against Mohammedan in the last match, could have went ahead from a penalty in the 13thminute but Emon Mahmud’s weak shot from the spot was saved by Saif keeper Saiful Islam with a dive to his left.
Colindres put the Kings ahead in the last minute of the injury time with a cheeky shot from the left corner of the box that bounced home into the far post. Colindres got his 9th goal in the league to seal the victory in the second-half’s extra time heading into the near post following a cross of substitute striker Tawhidul Alam Sabuz.
Bashundhara 2 (Colindres 45+, 90+) – 0 Saif Sporting
Abahani 4 (Ziban 5, 42, Sunday 57, Sohel 71) – 1 Sheikh Jamal (Mamun 60’og)
Sheikh Russel 2 (Raphael 29, 69) – 2 Rahmatganj (Faysal 32, Zunapio 48)
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