Although Abahani suffered a disastrous defeat to ATK Mohun Bagan in last week’s AFC Cup match, the Sky Blues came back to pull off an incredible second half performance in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to take the win. 4-3 against Muktijoddha Sangsad KC at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj yesterday.
A brace from Rakib Hossain and a goal from Costa Rican Daniel Colindres and Brazilian Raphael Augusto helped Abahani take the win from two goals down, and so the six-time champion managed to soften the odds. their disappointment at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium to continue the race. with the leaders Bashundhara Kings, who led them by four points.
It took a long 50 minutes for Abahani to finally feel his presence, but then Mario Lemos conceded twice as Japanese forward Tetsuki Misawa and his compatriot Soma Otani had their own set of goals. the person at the bottom in bliss.
Misawa netted a penalty in the 35th minute while Otani found his goal from the edge of the box as Abahani goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel took a nap and could only watch the ball roll across the key lane.
The next 15 minutes saw a flurry of goals as all four of them came up against Muktijoddha, who thrashed Abahani 4-2 last season.
A brilliant combination between Colindres and Augusto in the 64th minute helped Abahani come back successfully when Colindres netted the home team with a cross. Two minutes later, Abahani launched an attack on the right and made a few moves inside the box before Colindres headed the ball over the bar, then Rakib nodded his own goal to equalize.
Nothing stops Abahani after that. Augusto took the lead in the 75th minute when the Brazilian crossed Muktijoddha’s spine and penetrated the box before finishing with his left foot. Rakib went on to score his second with a touch of the ball four minutes later and although Misawa hit another shot from position, Muktijoddha could not trouble Abahani any further.
The rest of the day’s matches are played between the mid-table teams. At Bashundhara Kings Arena, 10-man Sports Club Mohammedan came from behind to hold back the rejuvenated Sheikh Russel KC to equalize 1-1. Elsewhere, Saif Sporting Club battered 6-1 to Bangladesh Police while Chittagong Abahani was held to a goalless draw by Rahmatganj MFS after the port team, who took 4th place with 22 points, won three. sprint.
Mohammedan and Saif, occupying fifth and sixth places, are tied by 18 points but Saif leads on goal difference. Police are closely following in seventh place with 16 points while Sheikh Russell and Rahmatganj are in eighth and ninth place with 11 and 10 respectively.