The Pakistan Premier Football League 2018 – Multan leg saw two drawn games at the Qilla Kohna Qasim Bagh Stadium last night, 29 September.
In the first 8:00pm kickoff, title contenders Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) were held to a goalless draw by Muslim FC Chaman.
Both sides tried to break the deadlock but ultimately poor finishing and lack of chances meant the game finished 0-0 and a share of the points.
The second game with 1015pm kickoff saw Karachi Port Trust (KPT) play an entertaining 2-2 draw with Baloch FC Nushki.
KPT’s Ubaid scored early before Baloch FC’s Ali Khan equalised a few minutes later to finish the 1st half 1-1.
The 2nd half saw plenty of back and forth between the two sides. Junaid made it 2-1 for KPT before Asghar equalised with less than 10 minutes left.
Both sides remain winless so far.
Tomorrow (1 October) sees another two games. The 8:00pm kickoff sees Navy take on SNGPL while NBP face PCAA.
KARACHI: Nushki’s Baloch FC held Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to a 2-2 draw, while the crucial outing between former champions Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) and Chaman’s Muslim FC ended in a goalless draw in the 12th Pakistan Premier Football League at Qasim Bagh Stadium in Multan on Sunday night.
At the jam-packed venue which is hosting the event’s first phase under floodlights, Nushki’s Baloch FC did a fine job to level the game against KPT who were playing their first match. Following a flurry of incisive rallies, KPT went ahead through Ubaid’s strike in the 12th minute. Seven minutes later Ali Khan levelled the score for Baloch FC as he slotted one home from distance.
At half time, the score was 1-1. After the breather, tight game was witnessed with both sides making concerted efforts for lead. KPT once again took lead, this time through Junaid Qadir who defeated the defence and the glove-man with an enviable ease.
But their jubilation did not last long as Azabdin landed an equaliser for Baloch FC. Both teams got one point each.KPT coach Fareed Majeed said his side squandered many chances. “We failed to avail ourselves of chances which came our way,” Fareed told ‘The News’ from Multan on Monday.
“It was our first match. It is difficult for the players to find momentum initially. One of our key players got injured that left our defence truncated. But I am confident the team will find momentum in the next outing,” said Fareed, a former international.
In the next match at the same venue, Muslim FC did the same when they played a goalless draw against strong KRL who have a solid track record in the country’s top-tier football tournament.
Sources said the pitch of the Qasim Bagh Stadium is not in good shape which creates huge problems for the players. There is grass on the pitch but the track is uneven and the players find it difficult to time the ball.