A brilliant hat-trick by Haitian forward Kervens Belfort inspired Dhaka Abahani to a 6-0 win against Rahmatganj in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football Friday.
Abahani, which split points with Police FC in a 2-2 draw in the second phase opener and outplayed Brothers Union 5-2 in the next match, moved to the second spot in the points table with the result.
In the day's one-sided affair at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, six-time champions Abahani took lead in the 27th minute when Rahmatganj's Tajik defender Khurshed Beknazaov sent the ball to his net while trying to turn down a shot at the goal.
Abahani's Haitian forward Kervens Belfort scored the first hat-trick in the second phase of the game, netting three goals in the 37th, 43rd and 62nd minutes.
Local defender Mamun Miya and Afghan defender Masih Saighani scored two more goals for Abahani in the 65th and 85th minutes.
Dhaka Abahani and Sheikh Jamal have so far secured 32 points each from 15 and 14 matches, but Abahani have advanced to the second slot with a better goal difference, pushing Sheikh Jamal to the third spot.
Rahmatganj now remains in the eighth slot with 14 points from 15 matches.
Star-studded Bashundhara Kings have already dominated the league table comfortably with an unbeaten record, securing 40 points from 14 matches.