Defending champions Abahani Limited came from a goal down to beat Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 4-3 in a rain-interrupted Bangladesh Premier League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday.
In the day’s other match, Brothers Union and Team BJMC played out a goalless draw at the Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali.
Sheikh Jamal’s Argentinean forward Luciano Araya gave his team the lead in the very first minute of the match with a tap-in after a cross from the right side by Haitian forward Kervens Belfort.
Afghan midfielder Masih Saighani leveled the margin for Abahani in the 10th minute with Saighani heading home Nabib Newaj Jibon’s free-kick from the left side.
The Sky Blue outfits took a 2-1 lead in the 27th minute with an own goal from Sheikh Jamal defender Manjur Rahman Manik.
The match was halted in the 36th minute due to persistent rain and finally resumed after a one-and-a-half-hour break.
Haitian forward Kervens Belfort made it 3-1 for the defending champions in the 63rd minute with a chip from inside the box after receiving a pass from Nigerian forward Sunday Chizoba.
Jibon extended the margin to 4-1 for Abahani in the 70th minute when his right-footed drive from the top of the box entered into the Jamal net.
Jamal midfielder Jakir Hossain Ziku then reduced the margin by scoring a brace in the 79th and 90th minutes respectively.
With the win, Abahani maintained their second position in the table with 30 points from 12 matches while Jamal remained in eighth place with 13 points from 11 matches.
Meanwhile, with the stalemate, Brothers remained at second from bottom of the 13-team table with five points from 11 outings, while winless BJMC remained at
the bottom with four points from same number of matches.
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