A brace from Egyptian forward Mostafa Khalek Hammad gave Uttar Baridhara Club an important 3-0 win over struggling giants Brothers Union in a Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The second win in 15 matches took newcomers Baridhara to 10th position with 12 points while Brothers remained second from bottom with five points from 16 matches.
The tie between the two lightweights was equally important for both sides in a bid to avoid relegation threat and Baridhara succeeded in widening the gap with 12th-placed Brothers and bottom-placed Arambagh KS, who have five and three points respectively.
Baridhara, who played out a 3-3 draw against Brothers in the first meeting of the league, broke the deadlock in the 14th minute when Mostafa, availing a square-pass outside the danger zone, darted into the box to drive a grounder past goalkeeper Jafor Sarder.
Baridhara kept pressing after the break and doubled the lead when Mostafa advanced into the box to dance past Khalekurzzaman before placing at the near post in the 61st minute.
Sujan Biswas wrapped up the victory in the 78th minute by heading a Suman Reza cross home from a close range.