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Saif SC reach semifinal in Federation Cup

 Sports Desk

 Published: 09:14 PM, 2 January 2021  

Saif SC reach semifinal in Federation Cup

Saif SC reach semifinal in Federation Cup

Saif Sporting Club, as the second team, reached the semifinal of the Federation Cup Football beating Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited by 7-6 goals in sudden death tiebreaker in the second quarterfinal match held today at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

The regulation and extra time of the pulsating quarterfinal produced a 2-2 draw after Saif came from behind to level the margin.

Saif Sporting Club will now meet Chattogram Abahani Limited in the first quarterfinal scheduled to be held on January 6 at the same venue at 4 pm.

It was much entertaining football between the two sides the football fans saw after a long time. The first ten minutes of the match was superb with both the teams launched attacks and counter-attacks which entertained the spectators in the big bowl.

Mohammedan went attack very early and got the immediate reap in the very 2nd minute of the match when defender Mohammad Atiquzzaman sent the ball with a perfect header from inside the danger zone (1-0).

The traditional Motijheel out outfit again came close to scoring in the 3rd minute but Farhad Mona’s long range fierce shot went out of play beside the side bar.

Mohammedan continued their onslaught when Shahed Hossain’s placing shot from the top of the D-box narrowly missed the target in the next minute.

But, Mohammedan’s lead lasted for few minutes as Saif Sporting Club staged a fightback in the match in the 7th minute. Their Nigerian defender Emmanuel Ariwachukwu marched forward to push the ball to the net from the D box following a corner kick from right-wing (1-1).

Saif Sporting Club took lead when their Nigerian forward Kenneth Ikechukwu scored the second goal in the 11th minute with a brilliant placing shot from close range.

Mohammedan had a good chance to level the margin in the 33rd minute when Habibur Rahman Shohag’s long-range free-kick sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

Following a counter attack in the next minute, Saif SC could widen the margin but Fahim’s placing shot was brilliantly saved by Mohammedan custodian Ahsan Habib Bipu at a cost of corner.

Mohammedan finally fought back in the match in the 44th minute when Malian forward Souleymane Diabate scored the second goal with a perfect header utilizing a corner kick from the right flank (2-2). 

Earlier, Saif Sporting Club made a winning start as they blanked Uttar Baridhara Club by 3-0 goals in their group opening match, dumped Brothers Union Club by 6-1 goal, and emerged group B champions with a solitary goal victory over Arambagh Krira Sangha in their third and last group match.

On the other hand, group D runners-up Mohammedan Sporting Club made a losing start in the tournament as they went down a 0-3 goal defeat to their arch-rival Dhaka Abahani Limited but they fought back in the match with a dominating 4-1 goal victory over Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in their second and last group match.

Sunday’s match: Bashundhara Kings vs Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club (third quarterfinal) at 4 pm.