Dhaka Abahani reach semifinal

Costa Rika forward Daniel Colindres struck twice as Abahani Limited, Dhaka, as the first team, reached semifinal of the Independence Cup Football crushing ten men Bangladesh Army Football team by 4-0 goals in the first quarterfinal held today (Friday) at Birshreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city’s Kamalapur.

The day’s win saw, the traditional sky blue Dhanmondi outfit will now play the first semifinal against the day’s second quarterfinal winners’ either Saif Sporting Club or Swadhinata Krira Sangha on Tuesday (Dec 14) at the same venue.

Apart from Daniel Colindres two goals, forward Nabib Newaj Jibon and midfielder Emon Mahmud supported him with one goal each for the winners’ who led the first half by 1-0 goal.

In the day’s match, Colindres broke the deadlock scoring the first goal for Abahani Limited in the 45th minute while after the breather he doubled the lead in the 70th minute of the match.

Jibon further widened the team’s margin scoring the third goal for Abahani Limited in the 67th minute while Emon completed the winners’ tally scoring the fourth goal in the 70th minute of the match.

Abahani Limited clearly dominated the entire proceeding and notched their deserving victory while Bangladesh Army Football team were totally off- colored.

Kabir of Bangladesh Army Football team was shown direct red card by the referee for his unsporting behavior.

Meanwhile, the remaining two quarterfinals will be held on Sunday (Dec 12) with group B champions Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited will take on group D runners-up Bangladesh Police Football Club at 5.15 pm while group D champions Bashundhara Kings face group B runners-up Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at 8 pm.

The traditional sky blue Dhanmondi outfit Abahani Limited, Dhaka earlier in their group matches beat Swadhinata Krira Sangha by 2-1 goals and emerged group champions by defeating Rahmatganj Muslim and Friends Society by 3-1 goals in their last group match while Army Football team lost to Saif Sporting Club by 1-2 goals in their group opening match, beat Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited by 2-1 goals and played to a 1-1 goal draw with Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in their third and last group match.

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