Dhaka, Sep 22 (UNB) - Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman finished on joint 60th in the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup to win a purse of US$5197 at Musashi Country Club Sasai Course in Japan on Sunday.
The two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur aggregated six-over-par 290 [72-70-74-74] to finish a 21-shot behind the title winner Yuta Ikeda.
The 32-year-old Ikeda Ikeda of Japan, who held an overnight one-shot lead on a wire-to-wire victory, clinched his career 20th title in a sensational style after shooting a final round three-under-par 68.
Justin Harding of South Africa aggregated a nine-under-par 275, registering a five-under 66 in the final round and finished in second place.
In the final round, Siddikur traded two birdies against five dismal bogies for a three-over. He slipped from joint 51st spot to share his final spot with two other golfers.
Dhaka, Sep 23 (UNB) – Hosts Bangladesh emerged Group F champions with all-win record to reach the 2nd round of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship beating upper ranked Vietnam by 2-0 goals in the last group match at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur here on Sunday.
Tohura Khatun and Ankhi Khatun scored for the home side, one in each half in a one-sided affair.
By virtue of the day’s well merited victory, Golam Rabbani Choton’s girls earned the right to play in the eight-team 2nd round of the AFC U-16 Women’s meet scheduled for Thailand from February 23 to March 3 next year.
Despite the day’s first defeat in the group match, Vietnam finished Group F runners-up also to reach the 2nd round berth as one of the best two runners-up teams of six Asian groups.
On completion of the six group matches on Sunday, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines qualified for the 2nd round of the meet.
In the day’s crucial match, forward Tohura Khatun put Bangladesh ahead in the 45th minute by a header from handshake distance, off a close range pass of Shamsunahar Jr from goal mouth melee (1-0).
Anthi Khatun sealed the fate of the scoring the 2nd goal for Bangladesh in the 64th minute by her 2nd attempt from goalmouth melee as her first attempt came her way from opponent custodian, following a corner kick of Maria Manda (2-0).
Bangladesh earned a deserving victory dominating the match all through against higher ranking Vietnam despite of depriving from two more goals due to off-side
Bangladesh, which earlier defeated Bahrain 10-0, Lebanon 8-0 and UAE 7-0, are in the 2nd slot in the points table behind Vietnam.
On other hand, Vietnam which beat UAE 4-0, Bahrain 14-0 and Lebanon 7-0, topped the group table despite of same points and same goals.
In Sunday’s other match, United Arab Emirates (UAE) tasted the first victory in the 4th and last group match beating all-losers Bahrain by 1-0 goal at the same venue Sunday morning.
Standing of the Group F till Friday (Tabulating under match played, win, draw, loss, goal for, goal against, goal difference and points).
Teams M W D L GF GA GD Pts
Bangladesh 4 4 0 0 27 0 27 12
Vietnam 4 3 0 1 25 2 23 9
Lebanon 4 2 0 2 14 18 -4 6
UAE 4 1 0 3 4 17 -13 3
Bahrain 4 0 0 4 0 33 -33 0
Dhaka, Sep 23 (UNB) – Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first against Afghanistan in a crucial Super-Four stage of the 14th Asia Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Bangladesh brought Nazmul Islam and Imrul Kayes in to replace pace bowler Rubel Hossain and all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain respectively.
Afghanistan called Samiullah Shenwari to replace Najibullah Zadran.
Bangladesh best XI: Liton Kumar Das, Nazmul Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahsrafe Mortaza (captain), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam.
Afghanistan best XI: Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Asghar Afghan (captain), Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Madrid, Sep 23 (AP/UNB) — It took some help from video review to put Real Madrid on top in the Spanish league.
Marco Asensio's first-half winner to beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday was initially waived off for offside but eventually stood after assistance from the VAR, which is making its La Liga debut this season.
"In the end there was justice. I'm glad the VAR worked," Asensio said. "I had already told (the referee) I didn't think I was offside."
The win at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium left Madrid one point ahead of Barcelona, which plays on Sunday against Girona at Camp Nou Stadium.
Madrid rested regulars such as Gareth Bale and Marcelo following its opening win against Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Thibaut Courtois, playing in goal after Keylor Navas started in the Champions League, saved Madrid in one of the few good chances created by Espanyol in the first half, and Borja Iglesias almost equalized but struck the crossbar in the second half after a mistake by Sergio Ramos.
"We knew how to suffer and we knew how to close out the match to get the three points," Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. "That was important."
BACK TO WINNING
Thomas Lemar's first goal for Atletico Madrid helped to end its winless run in the league.
Lemar set up the other goal in Atletico's 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe.
After a loss and draw, Atletico moved within five points of Real Madrid.
Lemar, part of France's World Cup-winning squad, contributed to the opening score when his long-range shot bounced off the crossbar and rebounded into the net off the back of goalkeeper David Soria, who was credited with an own-goal.
In the second half, Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion set up Lemar, who dribbled past Soria and scored from a tight angle.
Getafe, which hadn't lost since the opening round, played a man down from the 67th minute after Ivan Alejo was sent off for a hard foul.
Alaves routed promoted Valladolid 5-1 to earn its third straight win.
Ibai Gomez scored in each half at Rayo's Vallecas Stadium, which reopened after about a month of renovation work.
GOALS AT LAST
Promoted club Valladolid, owned by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, ended its scoreless streak in a 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo.
Leo Suarez earned the point for Valladolid by scoring four minutes into second-half stoppage time.
Valladolid hadn't scored in its previous four leagues matches.
Celta, which got two goals from Spain forward Iago Aspas, had a two-goal lead until the 65th minute at Balaidos Stadium.
Mid-table Eibar defeated Leganes 1-0 at home with a second-half goal by Kike Garcia.
Leganes' third straight loss, and fourth in five matches, left it with only one point and in last place in the 20-team standings.
Milan, Sep 23 (AP/UNB) — Gervinho received a standing ovation for a stunning goal and another when he was substituted as he helped Parma beat Cagliari 2-0 in Serie A on Saturday.
Gervinho scored the second two minutes after the break. The 31-year-old Ivory Coast international sprinted from deep inside his own half and beat three defenders before firing in off the near post.
"I don't know if it's my best goal, I have scored so many of them," the former Arsenal and Roma player joked. "I'm happy to be here and to have come back to Italy. I'm happy at Parma and I've been welcomed here really well by the fans even though I don't consider myself the star man. We need everyone."
Following his second goal since he returned to Serie A after 2 1/2 years in China, Gervinho was embraced by all of his teammates and given a standing ovation by fans at Stadio Tardini. They gave him another when he was replaced late on.
"I haven't seen a goal like that for years," Parma coach Roberto D'Aversa said. "I'm lucky to have a player like him, who came here with a unique humbleness and with great availability. He is a player who makes the difference. It's right that we put him in the conditions to express himself in the best possible way."
Roberto Inglese scored Parma's opener in the 20th minute after the ball ricocheted off the goalkeeper's chest and Inglese's face.
It was Parma's second straight win after its surprise victory at Inter Milan last week, as it settles back into life in the topflight following a fairytale rise through the divisions, three years after going bankrupt.
Inter left it late midweek to snatch victory against Tottenham in the Champions League and it left it even later to beat Sampdoria 1-0.
Marcelo Brozovic scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time after three goals were ruled out on video review.
Radja Nainggolan thought he fired Inter in front on the stroke of halftime but it was ruled out after the VAR spotted Mauro Icardi was offside in the build-up, blocking goalkeeper Emil Audero's view.
Inter had a second goal ruled out three minutes from time as the ball went out of play before Kwadwo Asamoah's strike.
Moments later, Gregoire Defrel's goal was ruled out for offside, with the Sampdoria forward having the added disappointment of being booked for taking his shirt off in celebration.
Brozovic then controlled Ivan Perisic's cross on his chest before firing it in from a tight angle.
Inter coach Luciano Spalletti was sent off for his celebrations.
"I turned towards the television camera to shout, 'Goal!' and the fourth official told me I had done so with too much impetus," Spalletti said. "But it was such an important goal, like a sort of liberation."
Federico Chiesa scored Fiorentina's third goal and immediately went over to embrace his brother Lorenzo, who was on the sidelines as a ball boy. They were watched by father Enrico, himself a former Fiorentina and Italy forward.
Fiorentina won 3-0 over Spal, which had conceded only one goal in its four previous matches.
Marko Pjaca and Nikola Milenkovic scored the first two in the first half.
Spal's night almost went from bad to worse as midfielder Jasmin Kurtic was shown a red card for a tackle on German Pezzella, but the referee amended it to a yellow after consultation with the VAR.