Holders Bashundhara Kings dropped their first points of the Bangladesh Premier League when they were held to a goalless draw by Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday.
At the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Flight Lieutenant Motiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj, six-time winners Abahani Limited crushed Aranbagh Krira Sangha 4-0 to earn their fifth win.
In another match at the BNS, Saif Sporting Club came from a goal down to beat Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra by 2-1 goals for their fourth win in the league.
Kings, who won all of their previous seven games, narrowly escaped a defeat when Jamal’s Gambian forward Pa Omar Jobe’s strike in the 88th minute was ruled out for a foul.
Jamal’s substitute midfielder Zahid Hossain provided a through pass to Jobe, who dribbled past Kings’ defender Topu Barman before shooting the ball into the net.
Topu fell on the ground trying to tackle Jobe on top of the box and referee ruled out the goal.
Jamal coach Shafiqul Islam Manik questioned the quality of refereeing.
‘It’s an injustice against us. I think it’s a partiality committed by the referee... Jobe did not commit foul,’ said Manik after the match.
In Munshiganj, Abahani’s Brazilian forward Francisco Wagsley Rodrigues scored in the 31st and 43rd minute while Afghan defender Masih Saighani scored once in the 60th minute before Arambagh conceded an own goal in the 88th minute.
In the day’s third match, Sheikh Russel got the lead with midfielder Mohammad Abdullah scoring in the 20th minute before Saif defender Riyadul Hasan Rafi restored parity in the 57th minute.
Saif’s Uzbekistani midfielder Sirojiddin Rakhmatullae confirmed the win by scoring in the 74th minute.
Despite the draw, Kings are on the top of the table with 22 points from eight games while third-placed Jamal earned 17 points from seven games.
Abahani were in second spot with 18 points from eight matches while Sheikh Russel and Saif were respectively in the next two places with 16 and 13 points from eight and seven games respectively.
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