All the drama was reserved for the second half, when Chattogram Abahani went ahead with a couple of goals soon after Saif’s Foysal Ahmed Fahim received a direct red card just before the hour mark
Rwandan midfielder Emery Bayisenge netted a brace in the injury time as 10-man Saif Sporting Club made a dramatic comeback from two goals down to get a 2-2 draw against Chattogram Abahani in the Bangladesh Premier League in Mymensingh Sunday.
All the drama was reserved for the second half, when Chattogram Abahani went ahead with a couple of goals soon after Saif’s Foysal Ahmed Fahim received a direct red card just before the hour mark.
After a barren first half, Saif were reduced to ten men in the 59th minute when Fahim brought down Nigerian forward Chinedu Mathew just outside the box to receive his marching orders.
Brazilian forward Nixon Guylherme capitalized on the numbers advantage by taking the lead two minutes later, rolling the ball into the net following a Charles Didier pass. Four minutes later, Didier saw his header cleared off the line by Rafi.
It was Ivorian Didier who assisted for Chattogram Abahani’s second goal, as Mathew skipped past onrushing keeper Pappu Hossain before tapping the ball into an empty net.
Left completely unmarked in the danger zone, Bayisenge collected a deflected free-kick from Riyadul Hasan Rafil before calmly placing past the keeper at the start of the injury time, before the Rwandan headed home Murolimzhon Akhmedov’s corner moments before the final whistle to salvage a point.
With the draw, Saif remain unbeaten at the top with seven points from three matches, while Chattogram Abahani, Abahani and Bashundhara Kings have four points each.
Eleta brace earns Arambagh draw
Nigerian striker Eleta Kingsley netted a brace, including an 89th-minute equalizer, as Arambagh Krira Sangha came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Muktijoddha SKC in the day’s second match in Dhaka.
Eleta Benjamin Jnr’s own goal gave Muktijoddha the breakthrough in the 12th minute before Kingsley’s low header from Mohammad Salauddin’s cross cancelled out the lead two minutes into the second half.
Muktis midfielder Mohammad Sohel put the All Reds ahead again two minutes before the hour mark, volleying home from close range after Ismael Bangoura’s cross was headed down.
Eleta restored parity with a free-kick from outside the box that deflected off his compatriot Yonta Michael before entering the net.
Saif Sporting 2 (Bayisenge 90’, 90+4’) – 2 Ctg Abahani (Nixon 61’, Mathew 78’)
Arambagh 2 (Eleta 47’, 89’) – 2 Muktijoddha (Benjamin 12’ og, Sohel 58’)