Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings smartly reached the quarterfinals of the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet, the Independence Cup Football’ 21, beating Chittagong Abahani Limited by 3-0 goals in the last group match at the Bir Shrestha Shahid Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur here on Wednesday.
With the day’s feat, star studded Kings emerged Group D champions with all-win record securing full nine points from straight three matches while Chittagong Abahani finished last in the four–team group to make their early exit from the tournament with two points from three matches.
In the day’s match, Brazilian forward Robson Robinho scored first for the Kings in the 22nd minute (1-0) , Medio Mohammad Ibrahim widen the Kings margin in the 83th minute (2-0) while midfielder Matin Miah sealed the fate of the match scoring one more goal in the 88th minute (3-0)
In the day’s other match, Bangladesh Police FC confirmed their quarterfinal berth from group D after playing 1-1 draw with Bangladesh Navy at the same venue Wednesday afternoon.
After a barren first half, forward SM Bablu put Police FC ahead in the 52nd minute (10) while Brazilian defender Danilo Augusto scored a suicidal goal for Police in the 74th minute (1-1).
After the match, both the Police FC and Bangladesh Navy, have secured two points each from all the three matches. But, Police FC moved into the last eight stage by virtue of conceding less goals than the Navy.
The quarterfinals matches of the meet will begin on Friday (Dec 10).
The Group A champions Dhaka Abahani Limited will play Group C runners-up Bangladesh Army in the first quarterfinal while Group C champions Saif SC will encounters Group A runners-up Swadhinata KS in the 2nd quarterfinal on the same day (Friday).
Group B champions Sheikh Russel KC will play Group D runners-up Police FC in the 3rd quarterfinal on Sunday (Dec 12) while Group D champions Bashundhara Kings will face Group B runners-up Sheikh Jamal DC in the 4th quarterfinal on the same day (Sunday).