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AFC Cup Football: Liston Colaco’s hat-trick guides Mohun Bagan to crush Bashundhara Kings 4-0

A brilliant hat-trick by Liston Colaco guided Kolkata Mohun Bagan to crush Bangladesh champions Bashundhara Kings by 4-0 goals in their 2nd Group D match of the AFC Cup Football' 2022 at water-soaked Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) in Kolkata on Saturday.

Earlier, the match was suspended after 11 minutes of the play due to heavy rains and strong winds.

The match official and referee inspected the ground twice and the match resumed after about 52 minutes.

In their last meeting in the AFC Cup in Male last year, Bashundhara Kings played 1-1 draw with Kolkata Mohun Bagan Club.

In the day's match, Indian professional footballer Liston Colaco from Goa, scored make a hat-trick for ATK Mohun Bagan scoring three goals in a row --first two goals in span of only eight minutes of the first half and the 3rd goal in the 53rd minute, astonishing the Bangladesh champions.

Liston Colaco put Mohun Bagan FC ahead in the 25th minute by a straight placing shot utilizing a lapse of over advancing Kings defender Bishwanath Ghosh (1-0).

He doubled the Mohun Bagan margin in the 34th minute sending ball to open net after dodging past helpless Kings custodian Zico and defender Tariq Kazi, who try to make an off side trap (2-0).

Kolaco completed the hat-trick in the 53rd minute by a left footer from danger zone (3-0).

Australian booter David Williams sealed the fate of the scoring the 4th goal in the 77th minute, also by quick shot from danger zone (4-0).

In the first half, Bashundhara Kings came close to score twice in the 18th and 20th minutes, but after conceding two quick goals they never back in the match.

,A brilliant free kick of Kings Brazilian booter Robson Rahinho returned to play after hitting the side bar in the 18th minute while another long range shot of Rimon Hossain brilliantly saved by opponent goalie in the 20th minute.

Earlier, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings made a good start in Group D of the AFC Cup Football' 2022 beating Maldives champions Maziya SandRC by 1-0 goal scored by Nuha Marong at floodlight Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata Wednesday night.

But, Kolkata giant Mohum Bagan Cub made a frustrating start in the AFC Cup after suffering 2-4 goal defeat against I-League champions Gokulam Kerala FC at the same venue Wednesday afternoon.

ATK Mohun Bagan of Kolkata earlier qualified for the group stage of the AFC Cup eliminating another Bangladesh giant Dhaka Abahani Limited by 3-1 goal in a play-off match in Kolkata on April 19 last..

Last two times BPL champions Bashundhara Kings will face I-League Gokulam Kerala FC while Kolkata Mohun Bagan will play Maziya SandRC of the Maldives on May 24 in their remaining group matches.

Source: United News of Bangladesh