Dhaka Mohammedan SC beat Muktijoddha SKC by 2-0 goals at their home venue Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta Stadium in Cumilla on Tuesday in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football.
With five wins in 11 matches, Mohammedan advanced to the fourth slot toppling Federation Cup runners up Saif SC by goal difference. Both teams have secured 19 points from 11 outings.
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Muktijoddha remained at 11th place collecting nine points from 11 matches.
Federation Cup champion Bashundhara Kings comfortably dominated the league table securing 34 points while former champions Sheikh Jamal DC and Dhaka Abahani Ltd followed the leader distantly with 23 and 22 points respectively.
In the day's match, Mali forward Souleymane Diabate scored the first goal in the 35th minute (1-0) while defender Mounzir Coulidiati confirmed Mohammedan’s victory with one more goal in the 61st minute (2-0).
In the day's other league match, three times BPL champion Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club dropped points with lowly Rahmatganj MFS as their BPL encounter ended in a 1-1 draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.
With the day's 5th draw, Sheikh Jamal DC remained at the 2nd slot in the league table obtaining 23 points from 11 matches. Rahmatganj MFS were at the 9th place with 10 points, also playing 11 matches.
After a barren first half, Uzbek striker Atabek Validjanov put Sheikh Jamal ahead in the 49th minute from a corner kick (1-0).
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But Rahmatganj's Ivory Coast forward Christ Remi restored the parity for old Dhaka outfit in the 51st minute (1-1).
Gambian forward of Sheikh Jamal Soulieman Sillah got the marching order just few seconds before the final whistle after receiving second yellow cards.
After a recess on Wednesday, Sheikh Russel KC will play Bangladesh Police FC at 3:45pm while Dhaka Abahani Ltd will encounter Uttar Baridhara Club at 6:15pm, both at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Australia’s World Cup qualifying match against Nepal on March 30 has been postponed, leaving only three games to be played in Asia this month as organizers consider central locations to finish the second round by mid-June.
The Asian Football Confederation announced last month that all but four of the region’s remaining second-round qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup had been postponed to May and June.
With AFC's latest revision on Tuesday, it’s now down to three. Mongolia is set to play Tajikistan on March 25 in Group F before traveling to Tokyo to play Japan on March 30. Saudi Arabia is scheduled to host Palestine in Group D, also on March 30.
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The race is now on to finish the round before the June 15 deadline. Most countries have played five of their scheduled eight group games.
The AFC said it has “opened the invitation” to member associations to host their respective groups in a centralized format.
No second-round qualifying matches have been played since November 2019, with multiple postponements caused by travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Football Australia chief executive James Johnson said his organization wanted to play a “constructive role in the resumption of international football in Asia" and would negotiate with Group B rivals Nepal, Jordan, Kuwait and Taiwan on nominating a central venue.
Australia leads the group after four wins from four matches, two points ahead of Kuwait and Jordan.
The South Korean soccer association last month said it was interested in hosting the remaining matches in Group H and was planning to submit an application to the AFC by March 5. A decision on host venues is expected in mid-March.
The winners of the eight groups, along with the four best-performing second-place teams, will progress to the third round, scheduled to start in September.
Federation Cup runners-up Saif Sporting Club advanced to the 4th slot in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football outplaying newcomers Bangladesh Police FC by 4-1 goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Monday.
With the day's 6th victory, formidable Saif SC moved into the 5th slot in the league toppling former champions Sheikh Russel KC securing 19 points from 11 encounters while Police FC suffered 5th defeat in the league and remained at 8th slot with 12 points from eleven matches.
Nigerian footballer Kenneth Ikechukwu put Saif SC ahead in the 44th minute (1-0) while another Nigerian John Okoli doubled the Saif SC margin scoring one more goal in the stoppage time of the first half (45+2).
Striker Jamir Uddin pulled the Police FC margin one back in the 61st minute (2-1)
Striker John Okoli further sounded the Saif margin scoring the third goal in the 87th minute(3-1) while local booter Shajjad Hossain sealed the fate of the match netting the 4th goal for Saif SC in the dying moment of the match (90+4).
In the day's other league match, coming from behind, old horse Brothers Union Club tasted the first victory in their 11th league match outplaying bottom ranked Arambagh KS by 5-2 goals at the floodlight Bangabandhu National Stadium Monday evening.
Despite the day's maiden victory, the Gopibagh outfit Brothers Union remained at 12th slot in the league securing five points from 11 encounters while once formidable side Arambagh KS remained at bottom of the league with only one point from 11 outings.
Ghana booter Ibrahim More scored first for Arambagh KS in the 10th minute from a penalty (1-0) while Brothers medio Faisal Mahmud leveled the margin just few seconds before the first half (1-1).
Nigerian forward Samson Illiasu put Brothers ahead in the 55th minute (2-1) while Nihad Zaman Ucchash of Arambagh KS again neutralized the margin just two minutes later (2-2).
Siyo Zunapio of Congo scored the 3rd goal for Brothers in the 61st minute (3-2) while Faisal Mahmood further widen the Brothers margin scoring his 2nd goal in the 71st minute (4-2).
Mesbah Uddin completed the winners tally three minutes before final whistle (5-2).
League leader Bashindhara Kings forced Dhaka Abahani Limited to taste their first defeat in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Sunday.
In the one-sided match at Bangabandhu National Stadium, six-time BPL Football champion Abahani suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat in the afternoon.
It was the 3rd consecutive defeat for Abahani against Basundhara Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League Football.
With the day’s 11th win in the league, Kings further consolidated their top position on the points table with 34 points from 12 matches. Dhaka Abahani Limited further went down in the title race with 22 points from 11 matches.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Dhaka Abahani Ltd followed the leader distantly collecting 22 points each playing 10 and 11 matches respectively.
Argentine forward Raul Becerra struck twice, Iranian defender Khaled Shafiei and Brazilian medio Jonathon Fernandes scored one goal each for Federation Cup champion Kings while Haitian forward Kervens Belfort netted the face-saving goal for the popular sky-blue Dhanmondi outfit Abahani.
Raul Becerra opened the Kings’ account in the 18th minute by a rebounder from a goal mouth melee when an attempt of his team-mate came his way hitting side bar (1-0).
Iranian defender Khaled Shafiei doubled the Kings’ margin in the 25th minute by pushing the ball home from a handshake distance when the ball slipped from Abahani custodian in the goalmouth (2-0).
Brazilian medio Jonathon Fernandes and Raul Becerra scored two more goals for the Kings in the 51st and 76th minute respectively (4-0).
With the day’s two goals Raul Becerra emerged as the second-highest scorer in the ongoing league scoring 11 individual goals. Omar Jobe of Sheikh Jamal DC and Robson Robinho of Bashundhara Kings are jointly leading the scoring list with 12 goals each.
Haitian forward Kervens Belfort scored the face-saving goal for Abahani from penalty in the 81st minute.
Abahani was awarded the penalty when two Kings defenders brought down onrushing forward Belfort in the danger zone and Belfort did no mistake to convert a spot kick (4-1).
Before the match, former Assistant FIFA Referee Sujit Kumar Banerjee retired from active refereeing.
In the day’s other match, coming from behind, lowly Uttar Baridhara Club tasted the first victory in their 11th league match upsetting Sheikh Russel KC by 2-1 goals at the Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi.
Ashraful Islam put Sheikh Russel KC ahead in the 15th minute (1-0) while Abdel Rahim leveled the margin for Baridhara Club in the 47th minute (1-1).
Papon Singh scored the match winner for Baridhara Club in the 74th minute (2-1).
With the day’s feat, Uttar Baridhara Club advanced to the 9th slot in the 13-team league. They have secured nine points from 11 matches. But Sheikh Russel KC remained at 4th slot with their 17 points from 11 outings.
League leader Bashundhara Kings will play six-time champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd in one of the two opening 12th round match of the 13-team prestigious Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football here on Sunday.
Two unbeaten and title aspirant teams --Bashundhara Kings and Dhaka Abahani Ltd --will lock horn in the vital league match at 4:pm at the country's premier sports venue-- Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) here.
After the 11th round matches, Federation Cup Champions and star studded Bashundhara Kings comfortably dominated league table with unbeaten record securing 31 points from eleven matches.
Dhaka Abahani Ltd and three-time champions Sheikh Jamal DC were in the distant 2nd with unbeaten run collecting 22 points each from ten matches, playing one match than the Kings.
It will be an almost must-win match for Dhaka Abahani to stay in the title race in absence of their injury-grab captain cum striker Nabib Newaj Jibon while well prepared Bashundhara Kings will try best to consolidate their lead further beating Abahani.
Arambagh KS remained at bottom of the 13-team league with only one point playing ten matches while old horse Brothers Union was in the 12th slot bagging two points from ten outings. Both the teams are yet to earn any win in the league.
Sheikh Russel KC will play Uttar Baridhara Club in the other 12th round opener on Sunday at 3 pm at the Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi.
On the following day (Monday), Federation Cup runners-up Saif Sporting Club will encounter Bangladesh Police FC at 3:45 pm while two lowly team Arambagh KS and Brothers Union Club will meet each other at 6:15 pm, both at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Meanwhile, former Assistant FIFA Referee Sujit Kumar Banerjee will retire tomorrow (Sunday) during the Kings-Abahani crucial match at BNS.
Points table of BPL Football till the 11th round matches.(Tabulated under participating clubs, match played, win, draw, loss, points and goal for).