Defending champions Bashundhara Kings confirmed their quarterfinal berth after defeating Bangladesh Police Football Club by 1-0 goal in their tough second match of Group D of the ongoing Independence Cup match at the Bir Sherestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Saturday.
Brazilian forward Robson Robinho scored the match-winner converting a spot-kick correctly in the 16th minute of the game. Kings were awarded the penalty while Police FC defender Md Isa Faysal illegally fouled Brazilian midfielder Jonathan Fernandes inside their box.
Kings appeared on the field with their previous playing eleven -- goalkeeper Zico; four defenders -- Yeasin, Topu (C), Bishwanath, Tariq; four midfielders -- Zoni, Jonathan, Biplo, Ibrahim and two forwards -- Stojan, Robson.
Later, the club made three major substitutions -- Eleta Kingsley replaced Ibrahim, Rimon Hossain replaced Tariq while Kaston Kumar Bosh replaced Topu. Tariq and Topu got serious injuries during the match. Kings also have been suffering from injury problems with their key player and Iranian defender Khaled Shafiei.
Bashundhara Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon told The Daily Sun that the match became tough for them because they missed three centre-backs in the day’s game.
“The match was tough for us. Police were tough opponents. We have missed our three center backs (Khaled, Tariq and Topu),” Bruzon said in his immediate reaction after the match.
Meanwhile, confident Police FC, which played a 1-1 draw with Chattogram Abahoni Limited in their first match, gave a tough fight to the defending champions despite conceding an early goal.
Kings also got a chance to double their margin in the 88th minute of the match, but Jonathan wasted the chance. However, both teams were involved in a tussle during a free-kick in stoppage time. The referee signaled yellow cards to Kings’ Bishwanath and Rimon.
Besides, coming from 0-1 goal behind, the 10-team Chattogram Abahoni played a 1-1 draw with Bangladesh Navy in the day’s other match at the same venue. Forward Jewel Rana took the early lead for the Navy in the 14th of the game while Nigerian defender Kehinde Yisa Anifowoshe scored the equaliser for Ctg Abahani in the 89th minute.
Ctg Abahoni midfielder Sohel Rana got the marching order in the 85th minute as he conceded two yellow cards.
After the day’s draw, Ctg Abahoni earned 2 points from 2 draws while the Navy opened their account with one point. On the other hand, Police also have one point. All three teams kept their hope alive for the quarterfinals spot.
In the last matches of Group D, leaders Bashundhara Kings will take on Ctg Abahoni while Police FC will face Navy, both at the same venue on December 8.