Sports, Football

Police FC stun Bashundhara Kings

Abahani suffer defeat­

Published : 12 May 2023 09:49 PM

Edward Morillo struck twice as Bangladesh Police FC stunned the defending champions Bashindhara Kings with a 2-1 victory in the Bangladesh Premier League football on Friday. 

Held at the Rafique Uddin Stadium, Mymensingh, Edward Morillo scored one goal in each half when Rakib scored one for Bashundhara Kings. It was just like a revenge of Police FC of their 1-2 defeat right one year back at Bashundhara Sports Complex in the first leg match.      

Kings despite conceding the defeat remained on top of the points table with 40 from 14 encoumters and strongly on track to celebrate their fourth title in a row, as still they are almost beyond the reach all thir rivals.

After the 14th match, all the contenders are far behind to them when the Kings are leading the table with 40 points, 10 points ahead of thier nearest rivals Abahani Limited, who managed 30 points from 14 matches.

The underdofg of the day Police FC took lead on two minutes past of half an hour mark of the game through Edwrd Morillo and the Kings levelled the margin on second minute of the second half. But the mighty Police FC doubled the tally on 62nd minute to make the lead 2-1.  

Police FC, who were very much watchful against the favourites right after the first whistle, went to attack after handling the raids from the opponents and their strategy worked well.

After a goalless half an hour, Police FC drew the first blood with taking lead on 32nd minute. 

This time from a counter attack, Edward Morillo, the Venezuela’s attacking midfielder receiving a through pass from midfield went to the area with a solo lead when he dribbled past his markers Tarek Kazi and Topu Barman before to short past goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico 1-0). 

Bashuindhara King after conceding the goal against the flow of the game became more attacking and also went closer to level but any of their efforts did not not find the net and had to go for break with trailing by 0-1. 

The defending champions levelled the margin inside two minutes of startingting the second half with Rakib making a superb finish of a through pass of Robinho from mid-circle (1-1). 

Bangladesh Police FC, despite playing under huge pressure from the stronger opponents, did not give away the contest, as their defenders worked hard to deal with the attacks and left rare space for the Kings forwards Robson Robinho, Meguel Damasceno, Dorielton and Rakib.

Bashundhara King who produced another scoring opportunity just two minutes later of equalizing the margin from which they could take the lead on 49th minute but Robson Robinho sailed his effort over the cross piece when Dorielton’s set a cut back for the Brazilian inside the area.  

Kings, who looked indomitable in their previous 13 matches, when they drew only one match and won rest of the 12 matches, narrowly missed another chane to go ahead. 

It was a beautiful counter attack on 51st minute down the left, Robson Robuinho made a final pass to Dorielton who confidently took a right footer but Police goalkeeper Nehal saved it at the cost of a croner.      

Police survining from a danger continued their counter attacks strategy and initiated a move down the right on 62nd minute that was the definition of pinpoint accuracy. Morillo linked up with his Latin American Arango Ambuila in the opposition half, who set a through pass from almost the midfield. Morillo ran faster than his markers to receive the ball and made another solo lead to make an excellent finish after edging past the defenders (2-1).      

Bashundhara, who were enjoying themselves on the pitch with ball possession and delighting some thioudands of crowds, but could not leave the ground with win but with conceding 1-2 defeat, their first in the league.  

In the day’s other matches, Chittagong Abahani Limited defeated Abahani Limited (Dhaka) by 3-1 when Ojukwu scored a couple goal and Ekbal added one for the winners. Yousef was the lone scorer for the six times champions of the Bangladesh Premier League football Abahani Limited. It was third defeat for Abahani Limited out of their 14 outings and earned only 30 points, 10 points behind to the leaders Bashundhara Kings.