Falling giants Mohammedan Sporting Club hit a new low of Friday when they lost 1-2 to Rahmatganj MFS in their Bangladesh Premier League first-phase final match at the at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
In the other match of the day, Saif Sporting Club beat Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra 2-0 at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj.
The defeat meant Mohammedan finished the first phase in 11th position among the 13-team with only six points, their lowest ever first-phase collection since the beginning of Professional Football League era.
Mohammedan’s previous lowest ever first-phase collection was nine points from 11 matches in the 9th Bangladesh Premier League where they finally survived relegation to finish in 10th place with 20 points from 22 matches.
Faisal Ahmed gave Rahmatganj the lead in the third minute with a fierce shot from inside the box after receiving a nice cross from Congolese forward Siyo Zunapio from the right flank.
Mohammedan didn’t have to wait long for the equaliser as Habibur Rahman Sohag hammered a powerful shot from inside the box after a header from team-mate Kingsley Chigozie fell on his feet in the 10th minute.
After the resumption, Mohammedan took control of the game and earned a penalty in the 57th minute but Kingsley failed to give his team the much-needed lead by missing the spot kick.
Rahmatganj rubbed more salt in Mohammedan wounds when Zunapio headed home a Sohel Rana cross to give his team the full three points in the 74th minute.
Rahmatganj finished ninth with 12 points from same number of matches in the first phase.
At Gopalganj, Russian striker Denis Bolshakov and Rahim Uddin struck one goal each in the 48th and 52nd minutes respectively for Saif.
Saif claimed fourth position after the first phase with 23 points from 12 matches while Muktijoddha ended first phase in sixth position with 15 points.
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