Munich, Nov 8 (AP/UNB) — Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern Munich to beat AEK Athens 2-0 on Wednesday and move even closer to the Champions League knockout stage.
The Polish striker opened the scoring with a penalty in the first half and sealed the win in the second after a Bayern corner.
"We knew it wouldn't be easy but we've taken a good step forward," said Lewandowski, who was already looking ahead to Saturday's game at Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund. "We had the game in control for the decisive moments. So a win is good for confidence."
The home side had struggled to create any chances of note until Serbian defender Uros Cosic was penalized for pulling Lewandowski back before the half-hour mark, and Lewandowski scored from the spot.
Bayern dominated possession and Lewandowski grabbed his fourth Champions League goal of the season after a corner from Joshua Kimmich with just under 20 minutes remaining.
With 10 points from four games, Bayern is top of Group E.
"We deserved to win, I'm satisfied with the result," said Bayern coach Niko Kovac, who is under pressure after a series of lackluster results. "There were no fireworks, but we have 10 points, it looks good."
Ajax, which drew at Benfica 1-1 in the other group game on Wednesday, is second on eight points with two games remaining, followed by Benfica on four. AEK is last after four defeats.
Turin, Nov 8 (AP/UNB) — After listening to taunts from the Juventus crowd for 90 minutes, Jose Mourinho couldn't help but pay them back in kind.
Mourinho had to be escorted off the pitch Wednesday after celebrating Manchester United's 2-1 comeback win over the Italian side in the Champions League by cupping his hand to his ear to the crowd after the final whistle. The gesture sparked a small altercation with Juventus players that overshadowed one of the most important results of the season for United, which has struggled domestically but now has a great chance of reaching the knockout stage in Europe.
"I came here to do my job and I was insulted for 90 minutes," Mourinho said. "I wouldn't do that gesture again but I don't think I offended anyone and at the time it seemed like the appropriate response to those who had insulted all my family, apart from my Inter one too."
Mourinho is unpopular among Juventus fans after managing bitter rival Inter Milan for three years. After United's 1-0 loss to Juventus at home two weeks ago, he responded to the goading of the Italian fans by holding up three fingers toward them, denoting the treble of titles — Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup — he won with Inter in the 2009-10 season.
This time he had another win to celebrate, after watching his team fight back from Cristiano Ronaldo's spectacular opening goal. Juan Mata leveled with a free kick four minutes from time and Alex Sandro netted an own goal in the final minute as United blew their Champions League group wide open.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci angrily approached Mourinho as he cupped his ear at the Bianconeri fans and the United coach was escorted off the pitch by a UEFA official and some members of his staff.
It was Juventus' first defeat in any competition this season.
"When I work for a club like Manchester United I need to forget my past as in those 90 minutes I represent Manchester United," Mourinho said. "But the others (Juventus fans) didn't forget.
"And it is a great joy for me because we won against a super team, and not because they are the enemy of Inter."
Juventus, which was the only team in the Champions League still with a perfect record, remained top of Group H but is only two points ahead of United. Valencia, which earlier beat Young Boys 3-1, is two points further back.
"We shouldn't have given away those free kicks, we're giving away a lot of those at the moment, it was the only way United was going to score," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "But the team did well, we are still at the top of the group and we have two matches which will allow us to finish first. It's OK to lose against United, but seeing how the match went it leaves us with a bit of a bitter taste."
Allegri was asked if he would have reacted similarly to Mourinho.
"No, I leave the pitch immediately to avoid reacting," he said. "I only get angry, rightly, with my team when they go to sleep every now and then."
United played better than it did when the two sides met in Manchester but Juventus had a number of opportunities and had already hit the woodwork twice before Ronaldo struck in the 65th minute.
Bonucci floated a ball over the top of the defense and Ronaldo watched it over his shoulder before volleying into the top right corner.
The Portuguese superstar immediately ran to the corner flag, lifted up his shirt and pointed at his impressive stomach muscles.
Ronaldo is the all-time record scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals, but this was his first in the competition for Juventus — although he missed one match through suspension after his red card against Valencia.
Allegri raised his eyebrows and gave a smile of appreciation at the goal.
Juventus seemed certain to be heading for all three points, with United struggling to carve out clear-cut scoring opportunities, but Mata hit a free kick into the top left corner in the 86th minute and that seemed to inspire Jose Mourinho's side.
Minutes later, Marouane Fellaini flicked on a free kick and the ball ricocheted around near the far post before going in off Juventus defender Alex Sandro.
Valencia, Nov 8 (AP/UNB) — Valencia's drought at home is over. Just in time to boost the team's chances in the Champions League.
Valencia beat Young Boys 3-1 on Wednesday for its first win in seven matches at its Mestalla Stadium, keeping alive its hopes of advancing to the knockout stages of the European competition.
The victory — Valencia's third overall this season — left the Spanish team with five points in Group H, four behind leader Juventus and two behind Manchester United, which beat Juventus 2-1 later Wednesday in Turin. Swiss champion Young Boys, on debut in the group stage, remained on one point and was already out of contention.
"It was a decisive match for us," said Valencia forward Santi Mina, who scored twice in the first half. "These three points are important and we are more alive than ever. We know it's all in our hands now. If we win the last two matches we will advance."
Young Boys played a man down from the 77th minute after Sekou Sanogo was sent off with a straight red card for a dangerous sliding tackle on Valencia midfielder Francis Coquelin.
Mina opened the scoring from close range in the 14th after an angled shot by Carlos Soler hit the post. Young Boys equalized with a low strike by Roger Assale in the 37th, but Mina put the hosts ahead again five minutes following Soler's cross from the right.
Soler scored the third on a breakaway in the 56th, sending a low shot into the far corner for an emotional goal for the 21-year-old midfielder who played for Valencia's youth squads.
"One Champions League night, when I was aged about 11, I helped take the UEFA symbol out to the center circle and shake it during the anthem," he said. "I dreamed I'd play here and score in this competition. Now I have."
Despite entering the season with high expectations after a fourth-place finish in the Spanish league, Valencia has had a disappointing campaign so far.
It has drawn 10 of its 16 matches, with three wins and three losses. It is 15th in the Spanish league standings, two points away from the relegation zone after 11 matches.
This was the first time that Valencia scored more than two goals in a game this season.
Young Boys made it to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time this season after ending a 32-year wait for a Swiss league title.
On Nov. 27, Valencia visits Juventus, while Young Boys plays at Manchester United.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – The sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World Twenty 20 will begin on November 9 with Bangladesh taking on the hosts and current champions West Indies in an opening day match at Providence Stadium in Guyana.
In their Group A matches, Bangladesh will face England (Nov 12), Sri Lanka (Nov 14) and South Africa (Nov 18) to confirm a seat in the last four race of the event.
Ahead of their campaign in the in the 10-team world tournament, Bangladesh completed their warm-up mission with a six-wicket win against Ireland before an eight-run loss against Pakistan in Guyana on November 4 and 7 respectively.
On the way to World T20 in Caribbean, Bangladesh, ranked ninth on the ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings, remained irresistible throughout the eight-nation qualifiers tournament in Netherlands for an all-win title victory in July this year.
They defeated Ireland by 25-runs in the final of the qualifiers tournament in Utrecht on July 14, following victories against Scotland by 49-runs in the semifinal, eight-wickets against Papua New Guinea, seven wickets against the Netherlands and eight wickets against United Arab Emirates in their Pool ‘A’ battles.
Emerging champions in the qualifiers tournament, Bangladesh secured their third title victory in a row on the back of a maiden success in the six-nation Asia Cup T20 in Malaysia and a bilateral T20 series win by 2-1 margin against host Ireland both in June this year.
Bangladesh defeated India twice on their way to lift the Asia Cup title, and also had among their scalps Pakistan.
Bangladesh have not yet won a match in WT20 but the Asia Cup title spring can bring surprises this year.
The recent records of Bangladesh made their World T20 opponents wary of and have already took preparations with hard work to pose challenges in Caribbean.
Riding high on the success in Asia Cup, Bangladesh star all-rounder Rumana Ahmed said, “Asia Cup is in our hand, the qualifier trophy is in our hand. Everything is going well, so we are confident this time.”
Rumana expressed high hopes to journalists on Wednesday, though still battling jet lag and getting all the practice they can get, especially of playing under lights - something Bangladesh hasn't done much of.
Spin has always been their strength, having two bowlers in the top 10 of the rankings -- leg-spinner Rumana at number seven and the left-arm spinner Nahida Akter at number nine.
Besides they have another leg-spinner Fahima Khatun, the first Bangladesh female cricketer to hit a T20I hat-trick that helped her team beat the UAE by eight wickets to reach the semi-finals of Women’s World T20 Qualifiers.
In recent times, they’ve hunted as a pack with good support from Khadija Tul Kubra and Salma's off-spin, while the pacers too have pitched in.
The new-ball bowler Jahanara Alam, became the first from the country to take a five-wicket haul 5/28 against Ireland, while the tall Panna Ghosh picked up 5/16 a couple of weeks later.
Bangladesh women’s team coach Anju Jain thinks that the variety in their attack and speeds make the bowlers stand apart and offer something different.
“The game is changing, with a lot of power hitting," pointed out Jain, identifying several of the players as capable of clearing the ropes. Constant work on fitness, and training with set targets of areas to attack and runs they want in a certain number of overs has helped them pace innings better.
Fargana Hoque and Shamima Sultana have held together the batting. Both batters have got two half-centuries this year, and between them have the top four individual scores for their country. They have also shown the ability to accelerate when needed.
No teams other than India have played as many T20Is as Bangladesh in the past 12 months.
They have tested themselves against India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Ireland, all of whom will be involved in the World T20. Ahead of the tournament, they spent a week in Grenada, practicing against boys' teams.
They may not have won as many matches against higher-ranked teams as they’d have liked, but in all, they have 12 wins out of 20 matches this year.
“When you lose, it doesn’t mean that everything is gone,” said Rumana. “Even when we lose, we can learn. The South Africa tour was effective for us because the condition there was difficult. We knew that we played well against them. After that we played the Asia Cup and won.”
“I believe skills-wise they are at par [with higher-ranked] teams. It’s just the mindset. Just participating in a tournament is one thing, and looking to do well and making your presence felt is a different approach. That’s what we are working on, the mindset that yes, you can beat any side.”
Bangladesh Women’s squad for Women’s World T20: Salma Khatun (captain), Rumana Ahmed, Jahanara Alam, Fargana Haque, Khadija Tul Kubra, Fahima Khatun, Ayesha Rahman, Shamima Sultana (wk), Nahida Akter, Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Sanjida Islam, Nigar Sultana, Lata Mondol and Sharmin Akter Supta.
Stand-by: Sharmin Sultana, Surya Azmin, Shaila Sharmin and Sultana Khatun.
Sherpur, Nov 7 (UNB) – Kushumkoli Sporting Club beat Mohammad Ali Sporting Club by 1-0 goal in the Saif Power Battery Sherpur District Football League at Shaheed Darog Ali Poura Park here on Wednesday.
Midfielder Sajib Miah scored the match-winner for Kushumkoli SC in the 24th minute in a keenly contested match.
Despite the day’s victory, both the Kushumkoli and Mohammad Ali SC were eliminated from the league as they suffered two consecutive defeats earlier.
Meanwhile, the semifinal match of the league will begin on Friday with Kokoli SC taking on Rising Star in the first match while Agragani Club playing against Sribordi Upazila in the 2nd semis on Saturday.