Police finish Bangladesh Premier League in third position
Bangladesh Police finished in third position, leaving Mohammedan and Sheikh Russel KC in fourth and fifth positions respectively, as the Bangladesh Premier League came to an end on Saturday.
There were three matches held at three different venues on the final day of the league, with all three aforementioned sides notching victories and hence no change on the eventual positions of those three teams.
Police beat Chittagong Abahani 3-2 in Munshiganj to finish on 35 points in third position – their best ever in top-flight football – after having finished in ninth and eighth positions in their two previous campaigns.
Mohammad Abdullah, Mateo Palacios and Robiul Hasan gave Police a 3-0 lead at half-time before David Ojukwu and Mohammad Nahian scored two late goals for the port city side, who finished in eighth position with 21 points.
Mohammedan finished fourth with 32 points after a 3-1 thrashing of Rahmatganj MFS in Cumilla, with Sunday Emmanuel, Arif Hossain and Soleymane Diabate getting on the score-sheet for the Black and Whites. Emon Hossain pulled one back in stoppage time for Rahmatganj, who finished ninth – just above the relegation zone, with 19 points.
The day's other match saw Sheikh Russel edge already-relegated Muktijoddha Sangsad 3-2 at the Bashundhara Sports Complex in Dhaka.
Kenneth Ikechukwu and Mohammad Ibrahim gave the hosts a 2-0 lead early in the match before Emmanuel Ikechukwu and Landry Ndikumana brought Muktis into level terms. Dipok Roy's 78th minute strike, however, earned Sheikh Russel all three points which saw them finish on 30 points. Muktijoddha ended the campaign with 15 points and will be relegated to Bangladesh Championship League along with Azampur FC.
Bashundhara Kings won the title for a fourth consecutive time while Kings' striker Dorielton Gomez ended the league as the top-scorer with 20 goals.