Saif Sporting Club moved into the semifinals of the 32nd Federation Cup Football beating Dhaka Mohammedan by 7-6 in the sudden-death tiebreaker on Saturday.
The nail-biting quarterfinals finished 2-2 in the stipulated 90-minute at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Saif Sporting frustrated the 10th champions Mohammedan with a 7-6 win in the sudden-death tiebreaker.
They will play their fellow port city team Chittagong Abahani in the first semifinals on January 6 at 4pm at the same venue.
The day’s crucial match saw three goals scored within the first 11 minutes when Saif SC was leading by 2-1.
Later, Souleymane of Mohammedan neutralised the match in the dying moments of the first half.
Atikuzzaman put The Black and Whites ahead in the second minute of the game while Emmanuel of Saif SC scored an equaliser in the seventh minute.
Next, Ikechikeu put Saif SC ahead, scoring the second goal for the side in the eleventh minute.
Souleymane levelled the match in the 44th minute, leading the match towards the tiebreaking session as both the teams failed to produce any goal in the extra time.
Both the teams spoiled one chance each in the first five attempts of the tiebreaker.
And in the sudden-death session, Mohammedan scored two goals from three attempts. But Saif SC did not make any mistake and won the match 7-6, converting the last three attempts successfully.
Sheikh Jamal DC will take on Bashundhara Kings in the third quarterfinals on Sunday while Dhaka Abahani will play Uttar Baridhara in the fourth quarterfinals on Monday at 4pm.
Chittagong Abahani Ltd smartly reached the semifinal of the season's curtain raiser soccer meet, the 32nd Federation Cup Football'2020, eliminating Sheikh Russel KC by 2-0 goals in the first quarterfinal at the Bangabandu National Stadium here on Friday.
After a goalless result in the stipulated 90-minute, Rakib Hossain (107th minute) and Mannaf Rabbi (114th minutes) scored one goal each for the port city team in span of only six minutes in the extra time.
Earlier, Brazilian forward Lopez deprived Sheikh Russel KC from a goal spoiling a penalty in the 60th minute that was brilliantly saved by Abahani custodian Nayem.
Besides, Kawser Rabbi of Ctg Abahani spoiled a good chance in the 86th minute, but he sent the ball to opponent custodian from a vintage position.
Former national forward cum day's substitute booter Toklis Ahmed of Sheikh Russel KC got the first marching order in the ongoing Federation Cup dying moment of the match as he roughly tackled Abahani forward Kawser Rabbi.
Chittagong Abahani Ltd will play the first semifinal on January 6 at 4:pm against the winners of Saif SC and Dhaka Mohammedan SC, who will meet each other on Saturday (Jan 2) at the same venue.
Sheikh Jamal DC will take on Bashundhara Kings in the 3rd quarterfinal on Sunday (Jan 3) while Dhaka Abahani Ltd will play Uttar Baridhara Club in the 4th quarterfinal on Monday (January 4), both at 4:pm.
Dhaka Abahani on Wednesday confirmed a berth in the quarterfinals, along with Mohammedan SC, after beating Muktijoddha Sangsad in the Federation Cup Football 2020.
With the 2-1 win at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the Group D encounter, Abahani emerged group champions, securing full six points from straight two matches.
The Sky Blue Brigade will play Uttar Baridhara Club in the fourth quarterfinals on Monday at 4pm.
Dhaka Mohammedan, which earned a 4-1 victory over Muktijoddha in the previous match, was counting on Abahani’s win in today’s match to secure a berth in the quarterfinals.
The Black and Whites will play the second quarterfinals against Group B champions Saif SC on Saturday.
In the day’s last Group D match, Afghan booter Masih and Haitian footballer Belfort scored for Abahani, one in each half, while Rohit Sarkar netted one for Muktijoddha.
In the day’s other match, Sheikh Russel KC clinched the Group A title, defeating Sheikh Jamal DC by 3-2 at the same venue.
Asrorov, Ugochukwu and Toklis Ahmed scored one each for the winners, who dominated the first half 2-0. And Solomon King netted two goals for the losing side, in the second half.
Group A champions Sheikh Russel will play Chittagong Abahani in the first quarterfinals on Friday while Group A runners-up Sheikh Jamal DC will take on Bashundhara Kings in the third quarterfinals on Sunday.
Saif Sporting Club and Uttar Baridhara Club reached the quarterfinals of Walton 32nd Federation Cup Football 2020 after winning their last Group B matches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
In the day's first match, Uttar Baridhara Club assured the quarterfinal berth as group runners-up eliminating all-losers Brothers Union Club by 3-0 goals in the afternoon.
Uzbek booter Evgeniy, captain Sumon Reza and Egyptian footballer Sayed Mohammad scored one goal each for Uttar Baridhara Club, which dominated first half by 2-0 goals.
In the day's 2nd match, Saif SC emerged group champions with all-win record eliminating Arambagh KS by 1-0 goal in the evening.
After a barren first half, Arifur Rahman scored the match- winner for Saif SC in the 57th minute.
Group B champion Saif SC will play the 2nd quarterfinal on January 2 against Group D runners-up while Group B runners-up Uttar Baridhara will face Group D champions in the 4th and last quarterfinal on January 4.
Star-studded Bashundhara Kings smartly reached the quarterfinals of the season's curtain raiser meet, the 32nd Federation Cup Football 2020 as the Group C champions beating Chittagong Abahani 1-0 in a group-deciding match on Monday
After a barren first half, Argentine booter Raul Oscar scored the match winning goal for the big- budgeted Kings in the 49th minute of the match, utilizing a left wing corner of Brazilian footballer Fernandes at the Bangabandu National Stadium here Monday evening.
Chittagong Abahani Ltd earlier assured the quarterfinal berth like the Bashundhara Kings with one match to spare beating all-losers Rahmatganj MFS by 1-0 goal in their first match last Friday.
Holders Kings made a flying start outplaying Rahmatganj MFS by 3-0 goals in the tournament opener.
On completion of all the Group C matches, Kings clinched top slot securing full six points, Chittagong Abahani finished runners-up with three points while last times runners- up Rahmatganj MFS made their early exit from the meet empty-handed.
In the quarter finals, Bashundhara Kings will play Group A runners-up on January 3 at 4 pm while Group C runners-up Chittagong Abahani will play Group A champions on January 1, also at 4 pm.