SPORTS DESK : 18 DECEMBER, 2023, 11:49 PM
Ten men Bashundhara Kings retained the title of the Independence Cup Football as they came from behind to beat Mohammedan Sporting Club by 2-1 goals in the final held at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj on Monday.
The grudge final saw some excitement after the first half. Bashundhara Kings were reduced to ten men immediately after the break. Rafiqul Islam was shown a red card by the referee for his bad tackle in the box.
After the barren first half, Mohammedan finally took the lead in the 51st minute as their Nigerian forward Sunday Emmanuel sent the ball to the net with a header capitalizing on a corner kick from Uzbek midfielder Mozaffarov
from the left flank.
However, the lead lasted for a minute as Bashundhara Kings staged a brilliant fight back in the 52nd minute. Following a counter attack, Rakib took control in the box and sent the ball home with a perfect shot.
The score line and pace of play between the two teams indicated extra time. In the 82nd minute, the goal of Brazilian Dorielton, who was named the player of the match for his impressive performance, changed all the scenario of the match as he perfectly executed a through pass from his countryman Miguel.
Rakib Hossain of Bashundhara Kings was named the player of the tournament.
Bashundhara Kings lost 1-2 in the semi-final of the Federation Cup against Mohammedan in the last season. This season, Kings took sweet revenge by beating Mohammedan by the same margin in Independence Cup.
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