Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited made a winning start in the Bangladesh Premier League as they beat Chittagong Abahoni Limited by 2-1 margin at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.
Uzbek midfielder Vali Jonov Otabek and local forward Md Nurul Absar netted one goal each for Sheikh Jamal while Brazilian forward Nixon Guylherme Rocha Brizolara scored a goal from penalty for Ctg Abahoni.Otabek opened the account for Sheikh Jamal from a free-kick as his powerful right-footed shot found the net in the 40th minute (1-0).
Local midfielder Nurul Absar doubled the margin in the second half with a header off a cross from defender Monir Hossain in the 50th minute (2-0).
Ctg Abahoni started to play aggressive football after conceding two goals but failed to produce any close chances.
Brazilian forward Nixon finally got the chance to reduce the margin in the 84th minute after his team were awarded a penalty (2-1) with Sheikh Jamal defender Monir committed a handball inside the box.
With this match, the first round matches of the ongoing edition of Bangladesh Premier League ended on Monday and the second round will kick-off today with Bashundhara Kings playing against Bangladesh Police FC.