Towhidul Alam Sabuj gave the Kings the lead after his side squandered chances in the opening half, but Nurul Naim Faisal’s own goal saw Oscar Bruzon’s charges leave with a point
A misfiring Bashundhara Kings stumbled in their second match to hand newly-promoted Police Football Club their first ever point in the Bangladesh Premier League following an entertaining 1-1 draw in Dhaka Thursday where both the sides fielded unusual playing XIs.
Towhidul Alam Sabuj gave the Kings the lead after his side squandered chances in the opening half, but Nurul Naim Faisal’s own goal saw Oscar Bruzon’s charges leave with a point.
Last season, the Kings only drew three times and lost once out of 24 matches in the league.
Finland-born Bangali right-back Kazi Tariq Raihan made his top-flight debut and started as center-back in place of the suspended Yeasin Khan, while Faisal returned at left-back, sending Mohammad Ibrahim to attacking midfield.
Daniel Colindres continued as center-forward for the fourth game in a row with former national striker Sabuj and Tajikistan left-back Akhtam Nazarov on the wings.
All four front men of the Kings played out of their usual regular positions but that didn’t stop the Federation Cup champion from creating opportunities, starting with Colindres’ flick going straight to the goalkeeper’s leg in the fifth minute.
Tariq struggled to deal with the attacking trident of Sidney Rivera, Luka Rotkovic and Laskov Antonio at the beginning, awarding free-kicks and losing possession, but Topu Barman was there to back up the 19-year old.
Antonio, the Bulgarian midfielder, looked dangerous with his set-pieces and one of his in the 17th minute tested Anisur Rahman Zico, but the Kings keeper punched the threat away for a corner.
Kings missed a couple of good chances in the rest of the half with Nicholas Delmonte’s effort from goal-mouth scramble deflecting over the bar in the 35th minute.
The holder started the second half a bit more organized as Sabuj, who had a couple of chances missed earlier, broke the deadlock with a simple poke after Delmonte’s powerful volley from a Akhtam cross slipping from the hands of Police custodian Saiful Islam Khan.
Police, who made five changes from the last game, could have leveled the margin two minutes later if Luka had not failed to meet a low cross, before Akhtam’s left-footer following Colindres cutback went wide after the hour mark.
Four minutes after Saiful produced a fine save to deny Colindres, an unfortunate own goal put things level.
Super substitute MS Bablu ran through the left to collect Jamir Uddin’s through pass before his attempted cross hit the far post, and Faisal had nothing much to do when the rebound fell on his body and bounced to his own net.
Biplu Ahmed returned as substitute after being ruled out for quite a while due to injury while Bruzon also introduced Mahbubur Rahman Sufil but the changes couldn’t change the fate of the tie.
Police 1 (Faisal 72og) 1 Bashundhara (Sabuj 54)