Those against whom Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club scored a goal in the first leg, lost 3-1 to Arambagh yesterday. This is the biggest mishap in the current league. At this rate, Sheikh Jamal fell far behind in the title race. Shafiqul Islam Manik’s team is in the third place with 32 points in 15 matches. Abahani is in the second place with the same collection. Bashundhara Kings is at the top with 43 points. Arambagh is at the bottom of the points table with 5 points. In the next match, Sheikh Russell Krirachakra also lost 2-0 to Chittagong Abahani.
Sheikh Jamal got off to a good start with the confidence of three consecutive wins. They don’t have a pair to score goals. In the 15th minute, they showed that the long ball sent by Monir Hossain landed on the chest and Gambian Omar Jobe took the lead in the side volley of the right foot. Thanks to this opening goal, the memory of their 7-0 goal against Arambagh in the first leg came back again and again. But the gap could not be increased in this match, Arambagh surprised back in the opposite match. Although Sheikh Jamal has a reputation for scoring goals in the forward line, he has no equal in scoring goals. Ziaur Rahman scored the goal in the injury time of the first half. Arambagh’s Uzbek forward Islamjan Abdukadirv’s free-kick jumped into the ball line but Sheikh Jamal’s goalkeeper could not stop the goal. There was nothing to be disappointed with though, as they have the ability to win matches on the attacking line.
But after the break, Arambagh changed the look of the match by scoring two goals in three minutes. Munir Hossain could not clear a throw-in in 54 minutes. Omar Farooq took the lead 2-1 by touching his head. In the 57th minute, two defenders were on guard but Zia came out of the post to stop Abdukadirov. But could not stop, Uzbek forward Sheikh Jamal dodged him and sent the ball into the net to make the difference 3-1. After that they got a chance to reduce the gap in 6 minutes but they did not get a goal. Zahid’s free-kick was saved by Rezaul Karim’s header by goalkeeper Abul Kashem Milon.
In the second match of the day, Sheikh Russell Krirachakra digested the first goal in the 34th minute forgetting to defend. Asrov headed the cross over to the right and put it at Guillerm’s feet. The Brazilian took Chittagong Abahani forward by sending it to the net on the right foot volley. Russell tried to get back in the match even after falling behind by one goal. However, he could not use the half-chances. But after scoring another goal before going to the break, the fight to get back in the match becomes difficult for them. Rakib doubled the lead with a right-footed shot that controlled Charles Didier’s lobe with his left foot. The two Russell defenders in front of this goal just looked on.