With the Bangladeshi Premier League title already decided, the battle for second place has been on fire as the Saif SC Cup runners-up, the Mohammedan SC giants and the renewed Chattogram Abahani all won yesterday.
Saif maintained his unbeaten record in the professional league against Sheikh Russel KC after giving them a heavy 4-2 defeat at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, where Chattogram Abahani also defeated the Bangladeshi police 4-1 in the spotlight.
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Away from the Bangladesh Military Stadium in Banani, Mohamed defeated the threatened Brothers Union 2-0.
With their 11th win in 20 games, Chattogram Abahani went to 37 points, two behind Sheikh Jamal DC, who nevertheless has one game in hand. Mohammadan, meanwhile, raised his tally to 36 points from 20 exits, just ahead of sixth Saif, who now has 32 points from 19 games.
At the rain-soaked BNS court, Saif SC put pressure on Sheikh Russell from the start and early pressure led to the opening goal in the 10th minute when Sheikh Russell defender Asaduzaman Babul hit the ball into the net. to a clear rebound, with a shot from John O’koli hitting the crossbar.
Sheikh Russell reacted quickly to equalize with a nice shot from Obi Moneke four minutes later.
Saif, however, went to the break with a comfortable 3-1 lead after Kenneth Ikechukwu Ngwoke kicked Abid Ahmed’s cross in the 27th minute before O’koli made it 3-1 with a nod from a Ngwoke header in the 40th minute.
Ikechukwu extended the lead in the 52nd minute after missing 25 meters from goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana.
Obi Moneke scored another goal in the 63rd minute but could not help Sheikh Russell avoid their fourth defeat in six league games against Saif.
At the Army Stadium, Shahed Mia broke the deadlock to give Mohammedan the lead in the 41st minute against the Brothers Union before Suleymane Diabate completed the victory in the 83rd minute.