Six-time Bangladesh Professional Football League champions Dhaka Abahani Limited took the solo lead in Group E of the AFC Cup Football 2019 crushing Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi Club by 5-0 goals in their home match at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday.
The popular sky-blue Bangladesh outfit dominated the first half by 2-0 goals. Local striker Nabib Newaz Jiban opened the floodgate in the very 11th minute while Haitian forward Kervans Belfort doubled the margin in the 45+2 minute, medio Jewel Rana scored the 3rd goal in the 63rd minute, Nigerian Sunday Chizoba further widened the margin in the 75th and midfielder Mamunul Islam sealed the fate of the match in the stoppage time (90+5 minute).In the day’s other Group E match, Chennaiyin FC played to 1-1 draw with their compatriot Minerva Punjab at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati, India.
Samuel Lalmuanpuia scored for Minerva Punjab in the 62nd minute while Mohammad Rafi levelled the margin for Chennaiyin FC in the 90th minute.
With the day’s feat, Dhaka Abahani Limited topped the group list securing 10 points from five matches with three wins, one draw and one loss while win-less Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal remained at the bottom in the four-team group with their previous credit of two points from five matches with two draws.
With the day’s draw, the Tamil Nadu-based former Indian Super League champions Channaiyin FC went down to the 2nd slot after Abahani collecting eight points from five matches with two wins, two draws and one loss while Indian I-League champions Minerva Punjab remained at the 3rd slot securing five points from as many matches with five draws.
Hosts Dhaka Abahani started dominating over their Nepali counterparts Manang Marshyangdi within the opening minute of the match with Sunday missing a close chance in the opening minute.
But Jiban did not miss the chance and opened the account for his side in the 11th minute with his right-footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner (1-0). In the stoppage time of the first half (45+2), the Dhanmandi-based outfit got the second success when Kervens Belfort doubled the score (2-0).The Haitian forward buried the ball with his left-footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner utilising a cross by Mohammad Nabib Newaz Jiban.
In the second half, Abahani made a series of attempt but all were denied by Nepali defenders.
But in the 63rd minute, Jewel Rana successfully broke the Nepali defence and widened the score with his left-footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner (3-0).