Kings hit six on six

Sports Correspondent

5th February, 2021 09:01:46 printer

Kings hit six on six

Bashundhara Kings forward Mahbubur Rahman Sufil celebrates after scoring a goal against Chittagong Abahoni Limited in their 1-0 triumph in a Bangladesh Premier League Football match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on Friday. –Reaz Ahmed Sumon

Defending champions Bashundhara Kings extended their winning streak in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League to six matches as they clinched a 1-0 win over Chittagong Abahoni Limited at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday.

The country's top soccer outfit now remained unbeaten in total 11 matches in the ongoing season including five matches of Federation Cup.

Kings also consolidated the top slot securing 18 points while Ctg Abahoni got seven points.

Forward Mahbubur Rahman Sufil scored the match-winner, off a corner from Brazilian midfielder Jonathan da Silveira Fernandes Reis in the 62nd minute.

In the first half, Kings’ two attackers -- Argentine forward Raul Oscar Bacerra and Brazilian midfielder Jonathan -- wasted at least three close chances.

Raul failed to connect the ball from a direct free kick by Brazilian forward Robson Azevedo Da Silva Robinho in the 13th minute while his close-range header from inside the box was smartly denied by Ctg Abahoni goalkeeper Mohammad Nayem in the 30th minute.

 On the other hand, a powerful long-range right-footer by Jonathan from nearer to the box hit the crossbar in the 38th minute.

Ctg Abahoni also got a chance but a long-range right-footer from midfielder Rakib Hossain from outside the box missed the target in the 31st minute.

In the second half, Kings goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico successfully saved his post twice. The youngster denied Ctg Abahani midfielder Mannaf Rabby and Uzbek defender Pulatov Shukur Ali in the 49th and 56th minutes respectively.

After conceding the goal, Ctg Abahoni got a chance when Brazilian forward Nixon Guylherme Rocha Brizolara sent the ball inside the box in the 72nd minute but both front-liners -- Nigerian forward Chinedu Matthew and midfielder Rakib -- failed to reach the ball.