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Bangladesh club Bashundhara Kings ends Mohun Bagan's unbeaten run in the AFC Cup

Bagan took the lead when Liston Colaco scored in the 17th minute, much to the disappointment of the home crowd. Bashundhara Kings found the target through Miguel Ferreira (44th minute) and Robinho (80th minute)

Our Bureau And PTI Dhaka Published 08.11.23, 10:49 AM
Liston Colaco

Liston Colaco Sourced by The Telegraph

Mohun Bagan Super Giant started well but went down 1-2 to Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings, the result ending the Indian team’s unbeaten run in the AFC Cup group stage here on Tuesday.

Bagan took the lead when Liston Colaco scored in the 17th minute, much to the disappointment of the home crowd. Bashundhara Kings found the target through Miguel Ferreira (44th minute) and Robinho (80th minute).

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The game’s first goal came when, off a rebound, Colaco struck the ball into the back of the net.

However, Bashundhara’s relentless quest to find the equaliser bore fruit when Miguel Ferreira, having received the ball on the edge of the box, scored a stunning goal with his left foot in the 44th minute.

There was a very good opportunity for Mohun Bagan to regain the lead after the resumption but Glan Martins’ shot, after receiving a pass from Boumous, went wide.

Soon after, Jason Cummings found the back of the net with a powerful shot but the Australian was offside, leaving the Mariners frustrated.

The Bangladesh club completed a fine comeback when Rakib Hossain provided an assist for Robinho, who calmly slotted the ball past an unsighted Kaith for the winner.

The win sees Bashundhara replace their opponents as leaders of Group D by virtue of a better head-to-head record with both teams tied on seven points apiece, with Odisha FC one adrift.

Odisha FC fightback

ISL side Odisha FC came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives 3-2 in a Group D away match of the AFC Cup in Male, Maldives.

Maziya took the lead in the second minute, when Naiz Hassan scored. Then in the 25th minute, Vojislav Balabanovic coolly converted from the spot for a 2-0 lead.

Odisha came back fighting in the second half. They reduced the margin in the 65th minute off a corner kick with Mourtada Fall nodding home Ahmed Jahouh cross. They then drew level via Diego Maurício and found the winner with Roy Krishna scoring in the 85th minute.

Odisha face Bagan on November 27 in Calcutta, while Maziya meet Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings on the same day in Dhaka.

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