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Arambagh keep their hopes alive

Update : 30 Apr 2013, 05:00 PM

Hopes of surviving in the top-flight are well alive for bottom placed Arambagh Krira Sangha as they secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brothers Union in their penultimate Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League match yesterday. Brothers squandered several scoring opportunities as a wonderful strike from Khokon Das sealed the fate of the do or die match for Arambagh at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. A draw would have seen them relegated with a game still in hand. The first-half was entirely dominated by Brothers who threatened to score from fast attacks only to be stopped by some brave Arambagh defense. Arambagh’s approach was totally different after the breather and a superb strike from Khokon midway in the second-half was their reward. A weak clearance of Kester Akon’s cross from the left flank fell to Khokon just outside the box as the midfielder fired the ball past Brothers goalie Sobuj Das Roghu. However, this is not the first time Sabuj scored a long distance goal as he earlier scored in similar fashion to surprise some big teams, just like he did in their previous match against Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra that they lost 2-1. ‘I always keep searching for space to shoot in and I do not bother about the distance. I immediately shot as soon as I find a path to send the ball in,’ said Khokon after the match. This was the second goal of the competition for the defensive midfielder. The result not only kept Arambagh’s hopes alive, but also buzzed the alarm for Brothers and Feni Soccer Club as they are lurking at the bottom as well. The first win in three months meant Arambagh now have nine points from 15 matches, two points lesser than Brothers and three behind Feni. Brothers will play Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in their last league match and a loss can see them relegated while a draw, and a Arambagh win against Team BJMC, will see a play-off take place between the bottom two.

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