Bayern Munich completed the UEFA Champions League group stage with a perfect record, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 to clinch their sixth win in as many games and finish top of Group B.
Goals from Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho were enough to see off Spurs, for whom Ryan Sessegnon scored what turned out to be a consolation goal.
Even though both sides had already qualified for the knockout stage before kick-off, Bayern looked to seize control from the start, but it was Spurs who had the first chance of the game as Sessegnon tested Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the third minute.
It was a wake-up call for the hosts, as efforts from Benjamin Pavard and Thiago Alcantara forced Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga into action twice, before Serge Gnabry squared to Coman, who made no mistake to slot home from close range in the 14th minute.
Six minutes later, Tottenham restored parity against the run of play as the lively Sessegnon had time and space to rifle home from inside the box.
Shortly afterwards, Coman suffered an injury and was replaced by Thomas Muller, but Bayern remained on the front foot.
It was Muller who put Bayern back into the lead just before the break, slotting home a rebound which ricocheted off the left-hand post from close range to make it 2-1.
After the restart, Bayern continued to control proceedings but had to wait until the 65th minute before Coutinho curled the ball into the top right corner to seal the points.
With the result, Bayern Munich top Group B with 18 points followed by Spurs (10 points), Olympiacos (4 points) and Red Star Belgrade (3 points).
Elsewhere in Germany, Bayer Leverkusen will drop into the Europa League in the new year 2020 after finishing third in Group D following a 2-0 defeat to group leaders Juventus, who sealed their win thanks to second-half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain.
Cumilla Warriors beat Rangpur Rangers by 105 runs as Dasun Shanaka shone with a 23-ball fifty in Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
The Warriors won the toss and opted to bat first. They lost the first wicket in the very first ball of the match when Mohammad Nabi bowled Yasir Ali for a duck.
However, Soumya Sarkar and Bhanuka Rajapaksa added 42 runs in the second wicket stand to control the initial damage for the Warriors.
Soumya fell for 26 off 18 with four fours and one six while Rajapaksa posted 15.
However, the highlight of their innings was the riveting batting of Shanaka. He smashed Mustafizur Rahman for four consecutive sixes in the 19th over that helped Warriors post a challenging total. Shanaka remained unbeaten on 75 off 31 with nine sixes and three fours.
Mustafizur, Sanjit Shaha and Lewis Gregory bagged two wickets each for the Rangers.
In reply, Rangers tumbled for 68 all-out in 14 overs. Mohammad Shahzad (13), Mohammad Naim (17) and Mohammad Nabi (11) reached two-digit scores but their efforts were not enough for the Rangers to avoid a defeat.
Al Amin Hossain bagged three wickets conceding 14 runs in three overs while Soumya and Sunzamul Islam scalped two wickets each.
The Warriors will take on Dhaka Platoon in their next game on December 13 at 7pm while the Rangers will face Chattogram Challengers on December 14 at 1:30pm.
Defending champions Saif Sporting Club and Bangladesh Police maintained their lead in the Walton Refrigerator Premier Division Chess League securing 10 points each after the 5th round matches at the NSC Tower Auditorium here on Wednesday.
Bangladesh Navy and Uttara Central Chess Club are in the 2nd slot collecting eight points each.
In the day’s 5th round matches, Bangladesh Police beat Sheikh Russel Chess Club by 4-0 game points, Saif Sporting Club defeated Access Chess Club by 3-1 games points, Bangladesh Navy outplayed Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society by 4-0 game points, Uttara Central Chess Club defeated Titas Club by 2.5-1.5 game points, Bangladesh Biman beat Sonali Bank Sports & Recreation Club by 3-1 game points while Sultana Kamal Smirity Pathagar defeated Sonargaon Chess Club by 2.5-1.5 game points.
The 6th round matches will be held on Thursday from 3:pm at the same venue.
Dhaka Assets earned a nine-run victory over old horse Gulshan Youth Club in the Dhaka First Division Women’s Cricket League at POMG on Wednesday.
Sent into bat first, Dhaka Assets were all out for 149 runs in 39.1 overs.
Afia Humaira (28), Sagorika Akter (26) and Monika Akter (22) were the main contributors for Dhaka Assets.
Lucky Khatun grabbed three wickets for 24 runs while Tanjila Akter and Kulsuma Akter took two wickets each conceding 17 and 22 runs respectively.
In reply, Gulshan Youth Club were all out for 140 runs in 37.1 overs.
Masuma Khatun (19), Tanjila Akter (18), Riya Akter (16), Kulsuma Akter (16) were the main scorers for Gulshan Youth Club.
Hamza Ara picked up three wickets for 46 runs while Afia Humaira claimed two for 19 runs.
Later, Afia Humaira of Dhaka Assets was adjudged player of the match.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) might be in a happy mood as they are hosting the new season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at their own, but former national skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was not happy over the payment disparity in the BPL T20 league.
Mushfiqur will get 50 lakh BDT as a player of A plus-category. But the foreign players on the same category will get BDT 84 lakh in this season of BPL. Mushfiqur said this is embarrassing for the local players.
“If you see the players like Tamim (Iqbal), Shakib (Al Hasan)- we play only one T20 league in a year and get less remuneration than the foreign cricketers. It is a discredit for Bangladesh cricket,” Mushfiqur told the media during a press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Like the A-plus category, the players from other categories also get less payment than their foreign teammates. Mushfiqur said this disparity should not continue in future.
The wicketkeeper-batsman also expressed his discontent about categorising the players without any sorts of discussion. The veteran batsman believes, the players who perform better over the years deserve a better grade in BPL draft.
“Look at the players like Taijul Islam or Shaiful Islam, they were outstanding during the last year. But in players’ draft, they are not in the A-plus or in a higher category. I think the authority should see these things,” Mushfiqur added.
Mushfiqur is set to lead Khulna Tigers in the ongoing BPL. The Khulna Tigers will take to the field for the first time in the BPL on Thursday against Chattogram Challengers, who won the event opener against Sylhet Thunder by five wickets.