Bashundhara Kings players celebrate one of their three goals against Abahani in their penultimate Bangladesh Premier League match at Kings Arena on Monday. PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

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Bashundhara Kings players celebrate one of their three goals against Abahani in their penultimate Bangladesh Premier League match at Kings Arena on Monday. PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

After confirming their third Bangladesh Premier League title on a trot in their previous match, Bashundhara Kings prepared their home to celebrate glory and ahead of their game against Abahani yesterday and the celebrations kicked off in a raucous fashion after a 3- 2 over the Sky Blues in their penultimate league game at the Bashundhara Kings Arena yesterday.

The triumph over Abahani was not only further proof of the Kings’ consistent performance, but also served as revenge against the Sky Blues, who beat the Kings 3-0 in the Independence Cup final at the first meeting of the season before a 2-2 draw in the first match. league match of the season.

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Six-time champion Abahani was looking for a rare domestic treble after winning the Independence Cup and Federation Cup to start the season, but Bashundhara Kings shattered that dream by securing their league title treble with two games less.

Yesterday’s encounter was just a battle for prestige, but the Kings were determined to celebrate the championship with a win against Bangladesh’s most successful side and they emerged successfully, thanks to a solid bench.

Robson Robinho secured victory for the champions-elect with two goals after coming off the bench in the second half. PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

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Robson Robinho secured victory for the champions-elect with two goals after coming off the bench in the second half. PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

The encounter itself was once again a bad-tempered affair, with players on both sides losing their temper and getting embroiled in scuffles, forcing the referee to book players from both sides.

Abahani had the lion’s share of the procession and created more chances, but the Kings had the last laugh with their deadly finish, capitalizing on three of five chances. Abahani was able to collect just two of his 10 chances, thanks to a bold performance from goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico.

Zico denied Daniel Colindres in the second minute before Gambian striker Nuha Marong gave the hosts the lead in the 20th minute with a free header.

Dorielton Gomes then set up Rakib Hossain to drive home from the right side of the penalty area to level the margin for Abahani in added time in the first half.

Abahani continued to create one chance after another after the restart, but their forwards squandered those chances before Kings coach Oscar Bruzon netted four chances to bolster his team’s spirit.

Robson restored the lead with a deadly finish from the right side in the 71st minute before making it 3-1 by passing the ball over the goalkeeper, who had ventured to the edge of his box during a one against three in stoppage time. to kill the game.

Brazilian Raphael Augusto reduced the margin with his second effort from the spot but it was too late to stop the Kings, who started their celebrations in style at home with fireworks and the presence of players’ families, officials of the club and the fans.