Defending Champions Bashundhara Kings emerged unbeaten champions of the four-team Group D of the ongoing Independence Cup 2021 on Wednesday.
The giants earlier confirmed the quarterfinals with 6 points from two wins. They maintained an all-win record in the group stage, crushing Chattogram Abahoni Limited by 3-0 goals in their last match at the Bir Sherestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Kings appeared with eight changes into their previous squad – goalkeeper Sultan Ahmed, forwards Tawhidul Alam Sabuz (C), Eleta Kingsley, Rimon Hossain; midfielders Shaikh Almgir Kabir Rana, Obaidur Rahman Nawabab, Atiqur Rahman Fahad and defender Kasto Kumar Bosh.
Only three players from the previous squad were added to the day’s match -- defender Yeasin Arafat and two foreign forwards Stojan Vranjes and Robson Robinho.
Robinho handed an early 1-0 lead with his eye-catching powerful grounder shot from outside of the box (1-0).
In the second-half, Ctg Abahoni got a big blow while their goalkeeper Azad Hossen conceded a marching order due to handball in the 80th minute. Thus, the club were reduced to 10-man. Kings sized the chance and their substitute midfielder Ibrahim doubled the margin while new goalkeeper Saiful Islam failed to grab a free-kick from Bosnian forward Stojan (2-0).
Kings' another substitute Matin sealed the fate of the match scoring the third goal, off a pass from Robinho just two minutes before the final whistle (3-0).
Police forward MS Bablu took a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute, but their Brazilian defender Danilo Augusto netted an own goal that equalised the margin for the Navy in the 74th minute.
All three teams had the same 2 points each, but Police qualified for the quarters due to having a better goal difference (-1) than Ctg Abahoni (-3) and the Navy (-6).
Meanwhile, Group D Champions Bashundhara Kings will take on Group B runners-up Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd in the fourth quarterfinal of the tournament while Group D runners-up Police FC will play against Group B champions Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Ltd, both at the same venue on December 12.