Rome, Nov 28 (AP/UNB) — A series of colossal errors by Roma handed Real Madrid a 2-0 victory Tuesday and first place in Group G of the Champions League.
Roma winger Cengiz Under sent the ball over the bar from point-blank range with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois already down on the ground in first-half added time and two defensive blunders led to Gareth Bale's goal immediately after the break.
Lucas Vazquez then added another for Madrid against a demoralized Roma.
Both three-time defending champion Madrid and last season's semifinalist Roma had secured spots in the last 16 before kickoff, as Viktoria Plzen won 2-1 at CSKA Moscow in the other group match earlier to send them through.
Madrid, which is assured of winning the group, leads with 12 points, Roma has nine, and Plzen and CSKA four each.
The victory offered some welcome relief for new Madrid manager Santiago Solari, who was facing pressure following a 3-0 loss at Eibar in the Spanish league in his first match since being given the job permanently.
Solari was asked if Madrid, a record 13-time European champion, remained the favorite to win the competition.
"That's always the case, due to our history over the last 115 years," Solari said. "Real Madrid is the favorite until another squad wins more."
Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, meanwhile, remains at risk after a loss at relegation-threatened Udinese at the weekend and with a home match against Inter Milan following the Madrid defeat.
"We were missing many important players and we put out a very young team tonight but we went out with a positive attitude," Di Francesco said. "But every time we concede a goal we completely fall apart. That's the thing that makes me angriest, because it's something we had discussed."
Roma dominated the first half but wasted a series of excellent chances, none greater than Under's opportunity which practically came on a silver platter from Nicolo Zaniolo's cross.
The error left the 21-year-old Under holding his head in frustration and the Turkey international had to be consoled by Alessandro Florenzi, who was Roma's captain in absence of the injured Daniele De Rossi.
"In the first half, we were superior to Real Madrid — a side that won the Champions League three straight years. But if you are superior and don't take advantage of your chances, you're going to lose," Roma defender Kostas Manolas said.
Roma also protested for a penalty early on when Dani Carvajal appeared to handle the ball at the edge of the area. But the referee signaled to play on.
Roma sorely missed injured striker Edin Dzeko, who along with Lionel Messi is the joint top scorer in the Champions League with five goals.
With Roma fans at the filled Stadio Olimpico still fuming over Under's miss, the frustration turned to rage when Madrid scored on its first chance of the second half.
A poor clearance by Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen was headed back by Roma defender Federico Fazio directly to Bale, who scored easily.
Then near the hour mark, Vazquez tapped in after a headed pass from Bale.
Before the match, retired captain Francesco Totti was inducted into Roma's hall of fame during a ceremony that retired Madrid greats Raul and Roberto Carlos also took part in.
Munich, Nov 28 (AP/UNB) — Bayern Munich secured its place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 5-1 rout of Benfica on Tuesday, easing the pressure on coach Niko Kovac.
Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice for the home side, ensuring Bayern qualified for the round of 16 with a game to spare in Group E.
Ajax earlier advanced from the group with a 2-0 win at AEK Athens. Bayern leads the group with 13 points, two ahead of Ajax, which cannot be overtaken by third-place Benfica. Ajax hosts Bayern to decide the group winner on Dec. 12.
Kovac was in danger of losing his job following Bayern's 3-3 draw at home to relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday. While Bayern is nine points adrift in the Bundesliga, it is faring better in the Champions League, despite a 1-1 draw with Ajax in Munich on Oct. 2.
"I was really happy, also for him," Robben said in support of Kovac. "He belongs among us."
Robben got the hosts off to a great start against Benfica when he beat three defenders and eluded another before letting fly inside the far corner with his left boot in the 13th minute.
The Dutch winger grabbed his second on the half-hour mark, again with his left foot, six minutes before Joshua Kimmich sent in a corner for Lewandowski to get off the mark.
Halftime substitute Gedson made an immediate impact after coming on when he dinked the ball over Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but Lewandowski answered five minutes later with a goal almost identical to his first: a header to Kimmich's corner.
Franck Ribery, who had been fortune to escape a second yellow card for a flailing arm into Andre Almeida's face, wrapped up the win in the 76th.
"They were important for us, for the team," Robben said of his goals. "I'm not only playing for myself. It was important after the bitter disappointment of Saturday to stand up again."
Lyon, Nov 28 (AP/UNB) — Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Lyon and secure a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare on Tuesday.
Sergio Aguero earned the point the English champions needed to guarantee a top-two finish in Group F, heading in a corner from Riyad Mahrez in the 83rd minute — just after Maxwel Cornet regained the lead for Lyon with his second goal of an end-to-end game.
Having joined Memphis Depay in virtually missing an open goal in the first half, Cornet gave Lyon the lead in the 55th with a dipping shot into the corner from just outside the area. Aymeric Laporte equalized in the 62nd minute, also with a header from a set piece like Aguero.
City leads the group on 10 points, three clear of second-place Lyon. The French side travels to Shakhtar Donetsk, which is two points further back in third, in two weeks with both teams still in with a chance of qualifying.
A draw for City against Hoffenheim, meanwhile, would see Pep Guardiola's team finish in first place and set up a last-16 match against a second-place team. That looks to be beneficial, with heavyweight sides like Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich currently topping their groups.
"We showed great personality to react," said Guardiola, who described Lyon as "one of toughest teams I've ever faced."
"We were so strong in that situation," he said.
Lyon inflicted City's only loss so far this season by beating the Premier League leaders 2-1 in the opening round of group matches, and caused them as many problems in the return match.
City looked especially open in central midfield, where Guardiola deployed Raheem Sterling — usually a winger — because of injuries to Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva. It was a tactical switch that didn't really work.
Lyon flooded forward adventurously, with Depay miskicking from inside the six-yard box with the goal at his mercy. It was the Netherlands forward who then sent over a low cross that left Cornet with what appeared a simple finish into a gaping net.
Instead, the striker decided to take a touch and by the time he got his shot off, the sprawling Laporte made the block.
Cornet struck the bar with a flying volley off Depay's cross near the end of the first half, which City did well to finish on level terms.
Lyon switched off at set pieces soon after both of Cornet's goals, meaning that the home side only led in the game for a total of nine minutes.
Laporte reacted sharply to divert the ball into the net after David Silva flicked on Mahrez's inswinging free kick.
It was another delivery from Mahrez that led to the second equalizer, Aguero getting in front of his marker at the near post to glance a header into the bottom corner.
"Lyon are technically good and quick and strong," City defender Kyle Walker said. "That's why they hurt us at the Etihad and that's why we had point to prove.
"There are still things we have to work on. It is completely different to Premier League. Still things we need to switch on to, but we're through and hopefully we can get a good draw."
Turin, Nov 28 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo set up Mario Mandzukic for the winning goal as Juventus secured a spot in Champions League knockout stage with a 1-0 win over Valencia on Tuesday.
Ronaldo got away from his marker with some quick footwork before rolling the ball across for Mario Mandzukic to tap into the net in the 59th minute.
The 33-year-old Ronaldo has been involved in 44 percent of Juve's goals this season, having scored 10 and assisted six others. And Mandzukic is clearly reaping the benefits. The Croatia international scored five goals in 32 league matches last season and already has six in 10 this campaign after developing an impressive understanding with Ronaldo.
"Mandzukic is scoring because maybe with Dybala he played in one way, where Dybala was benefiting from his movements, and now he's benefiting from the way Ronaldo plays," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
Valencia put in a spirited performance in Turin but it came to nothing as Marouane Fellaini scored in stoppage time to give Manchester United a 1-0 win over Young Boys and secure its position in the round of 16.
Fellaini touched the ball with his hand just before scoring and Valencia coach Marcelino said the implementation of the video review system in the Champions League can't come fast enough.
"They told me there was handball, but there's nothing we can do about it," Marcelino said. "But that's football. It's made up of details. What is strange is that we don't yet have VAR in such a big competition as this."
VAR is already in place in Italy and Spain and will be used in the Champions League from next season but its introduction could be brought forward to this campaign's knockout stages. UEFA's executive committee could make a fresh decision at a Dec. 2-3 meeting in Dublin.
Juventus has a two-point advantage over United and will secure top spot in Group H with a win over Young Boys on Dec. 12. If it draws, a United win would see the English team top the group thanks to having scored more away goals in the matches between the two teams.
Juventus only needed a point against Valencia to book its spot in the last 16 but the Bianconeri were keen to get back on track following a surprise home loss against Manchester United in the last round of group matches.
Ronaldo had scored his first Champions League goal for Juventus in that game and looked eager for more against Valencia, having been sent off against the Spanish team when the two sides met in September — in a match Juventus went on to win 2-0 despite its numerical disadvantage.
The Portugal star had two chances in the opening three minutes but sent one effort wide of the left post and the other straight at former Juventus goalkeeper Neto.
Ronaldo had another good chance midway through the first half following good interlinking play between Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro but again fired wide.
Valencia was mainly camped out in its own half, defending in numbers, but had the best chance of the first half when Mouctar Diakhaby headed a corner toward goal only for Wojciech Szczesny to pull off a stunning save at point-blank range.
Juventus finally broke the deadlock in the 59th minute. Valencia defender Gabriel knew precisely what Ronaldo was about to do but was powerless to prevent him and let out a roar of frustration after the goal.
Valencia thought it had equalized immediately but Diakhaby used his hand to punch the ball into the back of the net and was instead shown a yellow card.
It was another record for Ronaldo in the Champions League as he became the first player ever to reach 100 wins in the competition.
Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – Eagles Club managed a 71-55 point victory over Dhumketu Club in the UniMed UniHealth Metropolis Premier Division Basketball League at Dhanmondi wooden floor gymnasium here on Tuesday.
They led the first half by 40-25 points.
Earlier on Monday night, Rangers Club defeated Eagles Club by 79-75 points after dominating the first session by 43-35 points at the same venue.
Rangers Club will meet Hornets Club in the last premier league match on Wednesday at 4 pm.
After the match, the champions and runners–up teams of both the premier and first division leagues will be awarded at a closing function.
Managing Director of the league sponsor UniMed and UniHealth Pharmaceuticals M Mosaddek Hossain will be the chief guest at the closing function.