Raul Becquera’s strike gave the Basudara Kings a close 1-0 victory over Mohammadan in an impressive Bangladeshi Premier League match at the Bangladesh National Stadium yesterday.
The ninth consecutive triumph took the defending champions Kings closer to the championship title with 49 points from 17 exits, 16 points more than their nearest rivals Abahani, who have played less. The Kings need 10 points from the other seven games to secure back-to-back titles. Meanwhile, Mohammedan remains stuck in fourth place at the 13-team table with 29 points from 17 games.
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The Blacks and Whites, who came to the match behind a strong performance against the Abahani chiefs with a 1-1 draw, made another strong performance and came very close to catching a point. But Bekera of Argentina and Robson da Silva of Brazil showed their order by saving the Kings three minutes to four minutes of extra time. However, Mohamedman’s players protested against the decisive goal, citing the offside.
Mohammedan transferred momentum from his previous game in the game against the undefeated Kings and won two corners in the first 10 minutes. It was proof of the hunger of the Blacks and Whites, but Kings goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico did not secure permanent damage.
Surviving with two horrors, the Kings reassembled on the muddy ground and launched a nice attack, with Robson Da Silva, Biplu Ahmed and Raul Becerra combining beautifully, but Mohamed Hossan goalkeeper Suzanne denied Bekera in the 13th minute. However, Sujan received his marching orders just seven minutes later as he handled the ball out of the box in an attempt to stop a large ball. Despite being a short man, Motijheel’s uniform struggled with the neck and created two good chances to take the lead before the break. First, Cameroon striker Yassan Ouatching saw a move from close range blocked by Zico before Burkina Faso defender Mounzir Couldiati saw his header out of position.
After the restart, Kings coach Oscar Bruzon sent forward Mahbubur Rahman Sufil to replace Eleta Kingsley, who was out of color in the second leg, and Kings twice came close to breaking the deadlock, with Becerra going away. box of six yards in the 60th minute, before Bekera’s goal was well blocked by defender Couldiati in the 64th minute. 10 minutes later, Kings Yeasin defender got a second yellow card and was sent off.
Just as it looked like the match was destined for a draw, Beckera killed the game by throwing a pass from Robson with his chest and driving the house across the six-yard line to send the King’s players and officials.
Meanwhile, the resumption of the league matches became uncertain after the closure across the country, starting today, but the Bangladesh Football Federation requested permission from the authorities to continue the league matches.
In the second match of the day, Bangladeshi police played a draw against Brothers Union. With their fifth draw in 16 games, Police remained in eighth place with 17 points, while the brothers were second down with six points from 17 games.