Sheikh Russel KC extended their winning in the Grameenphone BPL
Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra survived a late scare to edge Rahmatganj MFS 3-2 in the Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday. A big-spending Russell were initially dominating the porceeings and took an early lead through their midfielder Emon Babu but Rahmatganj’s Nigerian striker Nche Franchis cancelled out the lead on 15 minutes. Russell scored two more goals in the first half with Frank Olivier and Mouchid Lyane netting one each but still they had to go into the breather under pressure as Rahmatganj skipper Idris Kasiraye had reduced the margin to 3-2 in stoppage time of the first half. Emon opened the scoring in the 10th minute, placing the ball into Rahmatganj net from Zahed Parvez’s cross into the penalty area. Franchis restored parity for Rahmatganj in the 25th minute with an angular shot after an Idris’ effort came his way off a Russell defender. But Russell restored the lead in the 30th minute when their Cameroonian midfielder Olivier’s powerful shot from the right-hand edge of the box rolled into Rahmatganj net after deflecting off an opponent defender.
Russell’s mid-season signing Mouchid of Senegal hit the third goal for his team heading home from close range five minutes before halftime.
Ugandan Idris, however, reduced the deficit for Rahmatganj in the first-half’s injury time with side-volley off a cross from Sirfin Rahman Rony.
Rahmatganj started the second-half more aggressively and gradually took control of the field with a better ball possession to give their mighty opponents a scare in the dying minutes with frequent attacks. But Russell held on to their lead and confirmed full three points from the match.
With this win, Russell took their tally to 20 points from 12 matches to remain in the third place in the league table while Rahmatganj’s relegation tension increased as they are at the bottom of the 11-team league having earned only nine points from their 12 matches