Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) - Newcomers Bashundhara Kings played 1-1 with former triple-crown winner Sheikh Russel KC in the first half of the final of the 13-team Walton Independence Cup Football at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Brazilian medio Marcos Vinicius Da Costa put Bashundhara Kings ahead in the 16th minute by a left-legged long shot (1-0).
Nigerian midfielder Raphael Odoyin levelled the margin for Sheikh Russel KC in the injury time of the first half (46th minute), also by a long shot from top of the box that kissed the Kings net through the 2nd bar to lock the match 1-1 during the first half.
Big-budgeted Bashundhara Kings are eying season’s first trophy in their first appearance in the season after losing the Federation Cup final by 1-3 goals against mighty Dhaka Abahani Limited last month.
Bashundhara Kings smartly moved into the final eliminating holders Dhaka Abahani Limited by 7-6 goals in the sudden death session of tie-breaker last Thursday as the crucial 2nd semifinal match between the two national star-studded teams was locked in 1-1 goal in the stipulated 90 minutes and also in the extra session of 30 minutes.
Sheikh Russel KC reached the final eliminating Brothers Union Club by 2-0 goals in the first semifinal on Wednesday last.
Both the teams reached the final from death group of D eliminating formidable Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club.