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Kings clinch third position in the Fed Cup tourney

Published : 23 May 2023 08:19 PM

Bashundhara Kings clinched the third position of the Bashundhara Federation Cup football with a dramatic 2-1 win over Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra on Tuesday.

Held at the Bashundhara Kings Sports Complex, trailing by a goal for a long 85-minute, Kings just snatched the victory with scoring two goals in a span of five minute when Roboson Robinho and Miguel Damasceno scored a piece on 85th an 90th minute respectively.

In the almost evenly contested match Russel took the lead in the very sixth minute when a superb Dipok Roy ran to set up Charles Didier making the breakthrough just six minutes into the game.

Robson levelled proceedings on 85th, before Miguel sealed the victory first minute of injury period. Kings failing to get their hands on the Fed Cup missed to be the treble winners this season following their successes in the Independent Cup and almost confirming the league trophy. 

On the day, the game had barely got underway when the All Blues stunned the hosts taking the lead with only six minutes on the clock. Dipok Roy picked the ball up on some few meters away from the box, slipped past a defender before turning a right and laying the ball to Didier who entered into the box with the ball. But Tapu Barman failing to stop Didier tackled him roughly and referee called for penalty.

Didier stroked home with his right foot the spot kick with his second attempt as, first time the ball was not on right spot (1-0).

The reigning champions' response came lately and twice in a quick succession inside two minutes after the half an hour mark of the game but both time Miguel Damascena saw his free kick saved by Russel’s custodian Ashraful Islam Rana.

It looked Kings were going to suffer second defeat in the Federation Cup and third for the Bashundhara Kings this season, when they suffered the first defeat in the league to Bangladesh Police FC and were just eliminated from the Fed Cup semifinal stage after going to Mohammedan Sporting Club by 1-2.  

But thanks to Brazilian duo Robson and Miguel, last five minutes drama salvaged the holders and steered to manage the third position.

However, in the second half clash was being played at a frenetic pace with forwards of both sides were constant threats. On 58th minute Kings came closer to equal the margin with the Brazilian Miguel weaved his way past Khalequzzaman and set a through pass to Sumon Reza, who trying to cross the ball for onrushing Sabuj and Fahad but the cross was not perfect, as the ball went out the side-line.

Oscar Bruzon, who feautred his starts line-up without vital players Robson Robinho and Dorielton and despite trailing by a goal right from the sixth minute of the game, made the change on 68th minute with fielding Robson and Dorielton on 78th minute, that changed the picture of the match.    

Kings levelled the margin on 85th minute with Robson after receiving a long ball played through on goal with inside-outside dodge entering into the area and took shot into the goal but the ball went into net hitting defender Khalejuzzaman.

Miguel Damasceno fired home a right footer five meters from box after having a pass from Robson on just first minute of the injury time (2-1) that wrote the fate of the match.

Imrul Hassan, vice-president of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) distributed prizes among the winners as chief guest.