Brighton, May 12 (AP/UNB) — Manchester City retained the Premier League trophy after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 and see off Liverpool's relentless challenge on the final day of the season on Sunday.
The quality and intensity of the title race was emphasized by City requiring a 14th successive league victory to finish a point above a Liverpool side chasing a first championship crown in 29 years as the top two finished with a record 195 points combined.
"Liverpool was exceptional, I don't mean to rub it in, it is what it is, they didn't deserve to lose," City captain Vincent Kompany said. "It makes me so much more happy that we played such a great team all season."
But during a 21-minute wobble in the first half City looked like throwing away a fourth title in eight seasons.
Sadio Mane put Liverpool in front against Wolverhampton in the 17th minute and a jittery City fell behind 10 minutes later at Brighton.
"We heard the Brighton fans singing '1-0 to Liverpool' just at the moment we conceded," Kompany said.
Even when Sergio Agüero leveled 83 seconds after Glenn Murray's header, City only moved back into top spot when Aymeric Laporte nodded in from Riyad Mahrez's corner in the 38th minute.
It turned out to be the goal that clinched the title.
But there were still nerves to be eased in the second half. Mahrez netted in the 63rd minute, a rare high point in his first season after joining City in a record 60 million pound (then $80 million) signing in July.
There was a stylish conclusion to City's title defense when Ilkay Gündogan scored directly from a free kick in the 72nd minute for the team's 95th goal in 38 league matches.
"We were creating chances, finding the gaps, imposing ourselves," Kompany said. "Though the pitch was slow I felt we were magnificent. We did everything we needed to do in a game such as today."
City became the first team since Manchester United in the 2007-08 season to retain the trophy, part of a hat trick of successes for Alex Ferguson's team.
With Ferguson long retired and United in freefall, City is the force not only in Manchester but English football. City has won the Premier League four times since the influx of Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth following a 2008 takeover, having only won the title twice before that.
Guardiola has now won eight league titles in his 10 seasons as a coach, stretching back to his debut campaign at Barcelona when he won a treble in 2009 and featuring successes at Bayern Munich.
City remains on course for an English treble, having already collected a League Cup and preparing for the FA Cup final against Watford on Saturday.
"We'll go and celebrate but we're also thinking of that next game on Saturday," Kompany said.
Dhaka, May 12 (UNB) – Sheikh Rasel Sports Development Academy and Bangladesh Krira Shikka Protishtan (BKSP) won their respective matches in the Dhaka Premier Division Women’s Cricket League at two separate venues of BKSP on Sunday.
Team: Gulshan Youth Club vs Sheikh Rasel SDA
Toss won:Sk. Rasel Sports Development Academy
Gulshan Youth Club: 76/10 (40.5 overs), Tomalika Sumona 32, Jinnatunnesa Pinky 13,
Nahida Akter 5/14, Khadiza-Tul- Kubra-3/10
Sheikh Rasel SDA: 78/0 (14.2 overs), Shaila Sharmin 51*(47), Saee Kiran 18*
Results: Sheikh Rasel Sports Development Academy won by 10 wkts
Player of the Match: Nahida Akter (Sheikh Rasel SDA).
Venue : BKSP-4
Team: BKSP vs BD Ansar & VDP Cricket Team
Toss won: BKSP
BKSP: 169/10 (48.2 overs), Farzana Akter 51 (90), Murshida Khatun 46, Sobhana Mostary 28,
Lily Rani Biswas 5/22, Panna Ghosh 3/26
BD Ansar: 98/10 (38.6 overs), Shova Khanom 18, Lily Rani 15, Ayesha Akter (1) 12, Sanjida
Akter 3/16, Jannatul Ferdus 2/14, Sanjida Jannat 2/22
Results: BKSP won by 71 runs.
Player of the Match: Lily Rani Biswas (BD Ansar & VDP).
Dhaka, May 12 (UNB) – Little Friends Club earned a 2-1 goals victory over Khilgaon Football Academy in the Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League at the Kamalapur Stadium here on Sunday.
Mohammad Rasel put Little Friends Club ahead in the 33rd minute while Luis Kishu doubled the margin in the 44th minute to dominate the first half by 2-0 goals.
Sabuj Roy reduced the margin for Khilgaon FA in the 50th minute
Dhaka, May 12 (UNB) - Former Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC arrived here on Sunday evening to play their Group E away match of the AFC Cup’2019 against Bangladesh Professional Football League champions Dhaka Abahani Limited.
They landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6:30 pm.
The Dhaka Abahani-Chennaiyin FC match will kick off at 7pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday (May 15).
In another match of the day, Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi will host Minerva Punjab at 3:30 pm at ANFA Complex in Kathmandu.
In the next Group E matches, six-time Bangladesh Professional Football league champions Dhaka Abahani Limited will take on Manang Marshyangdi of Nepal on June 19 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and play Minerva Punjab of India on June 26 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India.
Earlier, a suicidal goal by Brazilian defender Wellington Priori forced Dhaka Abahani Limited to concede a 0-1 defeat against former Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC in their 3rd Group E match of the ongoing AFC Cup’2019 at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 30 last.
The maiden defeat forced Dhaka Anahani to the 2nd slot in the four-team group securing four points from three matches with one win, one draw and one loss while Channaiyin FC reached the summit of the group with unbeaten run securing seven points from three matches with two win and draw.
Dhaka Anahani started AFC Cup campaign beating Manang Marshyangdi Club by 1-0 goal in their first match in Kathmandu on April 3, but played to 2-2 draw with Minerva Punjab of India in Dhaka on April 17.
On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC drew with their compatriots Minerva Punjab in the group opener on April 3 and defeated Manang Marshyangdi of Nepal by 2-0 goals on April 17 at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Standings of the Group E of the AFC Cup 2019 (Tabulating under match played, win, draw, loss, goal for/goal against and points):
Teams MP W D L GF GA P
Chennaiyin FC (IND) 3 2 1 0 3 0 7
Abahani Limited (BAN) 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Minerva Punjab (IND) 3 0 3 0 4 4 3
Manang Marshyangdi (NEP) 3 0 1 2 2 5 1
Dhaka, May 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday launched a practice camp with 24 best performers of Dhaka Premier Division League.
Several famed coaches and former national cricketers will conduct practice camp that will continue till May 30.
Former coach of Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket team Mizanur Rahman will look after the batting side, veteran spinning coach Wahidul Gani will work with the spinners while former national pacer Talha Jubair will look after pace bowlers with the support of Sri Lankan Champaka Ramanayeke.
“The camp is for the players who did well in the premier league. I think it is a great idea to conduct this kind of camps. It will surely help the guys to be fit and ready for the upcoming challenges,” Mizanur Rahman said while talking to reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
“Bangladesh A team have some tours in near future. I think we’ll get players for A team from this camp. This camp will make them ready to take more challenges,” BCB selector Habibul Bashar said.
Farhad Reza and Taskin Ahmed, who are with the national team in Ireland now, will join the camp upon their return, confirmed BCB.
Players of Elite Camp: Anamul Haque Bijoy, Jahurul Islam, Shadman Islam, Mizanur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Raqibul Hasan, Fazle Rabbi, Ariful Haque, Farhad Reza, Mehedi Hasan, Tanvir Haider, Nazmul Islam Apu, Taijul Islam, Sunjamul Islam, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Irfan Sukur, Salauddin Sakil, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Shafiul Islam, Abu Hider Rony and Taskin Ahmed.