Chittagong: Mohammedan Sporting Club and De Spin Ghar Bazan FC brought out the best of themselves in a classic goal-fest, where the teams shared the spoils in 3-3 stalemate in their Group – A tie of ongoing Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, played at M.A. Aziz Stadium on Friday.
Finding themselves behind three times in the game, Mohammedan showed character to claw back in each occasion.
Having tasted a narrow defeat against Solid SC on other night, Mohammedan were hoping to put a better fight against Bazan FC, but it was the Afghan side who drew the first blood, when Anwar Akbari found the target in the 11th minute. Mohammedan responded through Kareem Omolaja, who restored the parity from the spot in the 41st minute.
The scoreline read 1-1 at half-time, with plenty of chances at the either side of the pitch.
Bazan made a bright start the the second-half proccdings, and shot into the lead again only three minutes into the half, this time courtesy Fardin Hakimi. But a resilient Mohammedan side fought their way back and found the equaliser from Taurus Manneh in the 71stminute.
Thereafter, Mohammedan pressed hard to get the lead, but against run of play the Afghan Premier League champions regained the lead once again in the 87th minute through Reza Allah Yari, and only three minutes left to play thought it would be enough to see the through to the semifinals. But Kazeem Amobi had other ideas as the Nigerian struck the equaliser for Mohammedan in the last minute of regulation time.
Meanwhile, in other Group – A fixture, Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club put their campaign back on track in an emphatic way by recording a comprehensive 6-1 win over Sri Lanka’s Solid SC at the same venue earlier on the day.
Dhaka Mohammedan Md. Faisal Mahmood in the 10th minute followed by goals from Masuk Mia Jony (18′), Arup Kumar Baidya (24′) and Nabib Nawaz Jibon (32′), meanwhile the Lankan outfit pulled one back when Afis Olayemi Sola found the back of the net during stopage time. Dhaka Mohammedan refused to show any remorse in the second half and struck two more through Senegalese striker Lamine Camara (49′) and Habibur Rahman Shohag (76′) to sum up the game.
Following the results Group – A remained wide open as any of four can make to the knock-out stage. A draw against Kolkata Mohammedan on Sunday, will be enough for Dhaka Mohammedan to book their semifinal berth. While the job seems slightly tougher for the Kolkata side, as they need to beat Dhaka Mohammedan and in the meantime will be hoping for a Solid SC win over De Spin Ghar Bazan to see themselves into the semifinals.