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.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – Defendeing champions and national star-studded Bangladesh Navy made a flying start in the SIBL Victory Day Hockey Tournament crushing Bangladesh Police by 13-0 goals in the opening match at Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Tuesday.
President of Bangladesh Hockey Federation and Chief of Bangladesh Air Force Air Chief Marshall Masihuzzaman Serniabat inaugurated the meet as the chief guest.
Managing Director and CEO of the meet’s sponsor SIBL Kazi Osman Ali was also present as a special guest.
In the day’s opener, national coloured Ashraful Islam and Moinul Islam struck three goals each, Fazle Rabbi and Deen Islam Emon scored two goals each while Krishna Kumar, Rasel Mahmud Jimi and Mamunul Rahman Chayan scored one each for the sailors team, which dominated the first half by 9-0 goals.
In the day’s other match, Bangladesh Air Force upset Bangladesh Army beating them by 3-2 goals in the tie breaker as the match was locked in 4-4 goals duing the stiupated period at the same venue.
In the schedule time, Sifat struck two, Prosenjit and Siraji contributed one each for the Air Force team while Mohammad Rokonuzzaman scored two, Milon Hossain and Pushkar Khisha Memo scored one each for the Army team.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) - Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who is currently recovering from a side strain, may make his return to international cricket with the one-day series against West Indies, expects Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Akram Khan.
“Tamim is trying his best to reach the highest level of fitness, and the team physio and doctors are also looking after him. We hope Tamim can make a return to the international cricket with the one-day series against West Indies,” Akram Khan told reporters on Tuesday.
Bangladesh’s best opener Tamim Iqbal last played for the country during the Asia Cup in UAE. He got injuries in his left wrist during the tournament opener against Sri Lanka while facing a bouncer of Suranga Lakmal. The match is still memorable for Tamim’s heroics by facing a ball with one hand at the end of the innings to accompany Mushfiqur Rahim after the fall of the ninth wicket.
The left-handed opener was forced to leave the field immediately after opening the innings, and later a scan suggested that he suffered a fractured on his wrist. Tamim’s injury came as a big blow for the Tigers as he never got a place in the team during the Asia Cup.
Tamim faced another obstacle while attending a training session prior to the first Test of West Indies series as he got a side strain, and which made further delay for Tamim to make a comeback.
After the ongoing Test series, Bangladesh and West Indies will fight to prove their limited-overs prowess. The one-day international series will take place from 9th December with a day-night affair in Mirpur, with the remaining two matches are scheduled to be played on 11 and 14 December.
Right after the one-dayers, both teams will fight in a three-match T20Is series. While the first T20I will be played in Sylhet International Stadium on December 17, the other twos will take place in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on 20 and 22 December.
Bangladesh beat host West Indies in the previous two limited-over series in July this year.