London, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — Wolverhampton Wanderers had to come from a goal down to beat third-tier Shrewsbury 3-2 on Tuesday in a replay of their FA Cup fourth-round match, while fourth-tier Newport earned a meeting with Manchester City by beating Championship side Middlesbrough 2-0.
Ivan Cavaleiro netted the winner for Wolves in the 62nd minute after Matt Doherty had scored twice for the Premier League side, including the opening goal after less than two minutes.
Shrewsbury had threatened a major upset after James Bolton leveled with a header in the 11th minute and Josh Laurent capitalized on a goalkeeping error by John Ruddy to put the visitors ahead in the 39th at Molineux. But Doherty, who had scored a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw in the first game, netted again in the sixth minute of first-half injury time with a close-range header after goalkeeper Steve Arnold dropped a deep cross.
Wolves then dominated the second half and Cavaleiro decided the game when he collected Doherty's pass, went past a defender and prodded the ball under the advancing Arnold.
Wolves, which was the only Premier League side in action Tuesday, will face Bristol City in the fifth round.
Newport secured the biggest upset of the night on a wet and muddy field at Rodney Parade. Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond scored for the League Two team at the 8,700-capacity stadium in South Wales, which will now host Pep Guardiola's Man City team later this month.
"We've got Manchester City at home in the next round and what a tie it will be for us," Newport defender Mickey Demetriou said. "It's another big team for us to come to Rodney Parade. It will be massive for the club again."
Brentford and Queens Park Rangers also advanced.
Brentford beat non-league side Barnet 3-1 to set up a fifth-round trip to Swansea, while QPR will face fellow London side Watford after ousting Portsmouth 2-0.
Berli, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — Werder Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka saved two penalties to knock Borussia Dortmund out of the German Cup after his team twice came from behind in extra time of their third-round match on Tuesday.
Max Kruse scored the decisive penalty kick for Bremen to win the shootout 4-2 after equalizers from Claudio Pizarro and Martin Harnik secured a 3-3 draw after extra time.
American midfielder Christian Pulisic thought he'd scored the winner for Dortmund in the 105th after he played a one-two with Paco Alcacer, only for the veteran Pizarro to reply three minutes later.
Then Achraf Hakimi put the home side back in front, but Kruse set up Harnik in the 119th to take it to the shootout.
Dortmund goalkeeper Eric Oelschlaegel made his debut against his former club, but the 23-year-old had to pick the ball out of his net after just five minutes when Milot Rashica deflected in Kruse's cross.
Dortmund captain Marco Reus replied with a free kick in first-half injury time, but it looked like Oelschlaegel — who was only playing due to an illness affecting Roman Buerki and backup goalkeeper Marwin Hitz — would have a decisive role after making two sensational saves to keep the visitors at bay.
Instead it was Pavlenka who starred in the shootout, saving efforts from Palcacer and Maximilian Philipp.
Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen was upset 2-1 at second-division side Heidenheim despite taking the lead through Julian Brandt.
Second-division leader Hamburger SV won 1-0 at home against Bundesliga struggler Nuremberg, and Paderborn won 3-1 at Duisburg.
Madrid, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — While Lionel Messi gave Barcelona reason to feel optimistic about his ability to play in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal, Real Madrid's main concern is who to leave out for the "Clasico" game.
Messi returned to training on Tuesday and was included in the squad for the first-leg match at Camp Nou Stadium, although it was still unclear whether he had fully recovered from a right leg injury.
"The most important thing is for the player to tell you that he is ready," coach Ernesto Valverde said. "Regardless of what the tests show and what the doctors say, if the player doesn't feel he is ready, you can't let him play."
Messi showed no signs he was bothered by the injury during the opening few minutes of the training session, which were open to media, as players warmed up and played keep-away.
However, Valverde said he will not take any risks with Messi or any other player.
"If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different," he said.
Barcelona has kept quiet about the full extent of Messi's injury since he was hurt in a Spanish league match on Saturday.
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said the uncertainty about Messi wasn't affecting his team's preparations.
"It's always good to have the best players playing in every match," he said. "Whether he plays or not, it's not going to influence how we prepare for the game."
Madrid arrives for the match at Camp Nou enjoying its best period of the season and with nearly all of its players available. Solari has all of his best forwards, including an in-form Karim Benzema, the quickly maturing Vinicius Junior, and a fully fit Gareth Bale.
"It's harder when you have all the players available, because it means you have to leave someone out," Solari said. "It's one of the hardest parts of the job for a coach."
Bale is one of the many Madrid players who have recovered from injury in recent days, along with other forwards Mariano Diaz and Marco Asensio. Bale returned as a starter on Sunday alongside Benzema and Vinicius Junior as Alaves was beaten 3-0 in the Spanish league, the team's fifth consecutive win in all competitions.
Solari may not start Bale with Vinicius Junior on Wednesday as they usually play on the same part of the field and their presence could make the squad too unbalanced and more vulnerable defensively.
There is little doubt Benzema will start, as he has six goals in the last four matches. The French striker has 18 goals, six more than he had in all of last season.
It would also be hard to leave out Vinicius Junior, who has taken full advantage of Bale's absences to become a regular starter and a popular player with Madrid fans. The 18-year-old Brazilian has added flair to the attack.
Messi was hurt when Barcelona drew with Valencia 2-2 at home, a result that halted the team's eight-game winning streak in the Spanish league. The club has yet to release a full medical report on the injury, and he didn't practice with his teammates on Monday.
Messi has scored in nine straight games in all competitions, and is the league leading scorer with 21 in 22 matches.
He missed Barcelona's 5-1 league rout of Madrid in October because of a broken right arm. He was rested two weeks ago when Barcelona lost at Sevilla 2-0 in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.
Valverde said his team won't change the way it plays if Messi is absent, and that his participation shouldn't be seen as a key factor.
"I don't think it (Messi playing or not) changes which team will be considered the favorite," he said. "I don't think there is a favorite in a semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid."
Ousmane Dembele, who had trained separately on Monday, also re-joined his teammates in Tuesday's practice, but he was not included in the squad list for Wednesday's game.
The first leg of the semifinal in the Copa del Rey is the first of three matches between the rivals in less than a month.
Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Thakurgaon District clinched the Walton 3rd National Women’s Rugby title beating Rangpur District by 2-1 points in the tie breaker at Dhanmondi Women’s Sports Complex here on Tuesday.
The match moved towards the tie-breaking session as the title-decider between two teams failed to produce any result in the stipulated period and also in the extras session.
Asha Akter of the losing Rangpur District was adjudged the best player of the tournament.
Senior Operative Director of Walton Group FM Iqbal Bin Anwar was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later, he distributed the prizes.
President of Bangladesh Rugby Union Abdullah Al Zahir Swapon and general secretary Mousum Ali were also present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) - Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Rangpur Riders and Bangladesh Test and T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s Dhaka Dynamites will lock horns in the Qualifier-2 of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday for a final berth.
The Titans’ clash will start at 6:30 pm.
The winners of the match will qualify for the BPL season-six final on Friday (February 8) at the same venue against Comilla Victorians, which smartly reached the title-deciding final beating holders Rangpur Riders by eight wickets in Qualifier-1 on Monday.
The loser of Wednesday’s match will be eliminated from the prestigious league.
At the start of the league, defending runners-up Dynamites enjoyed five wins in their six matches. On the other hand, the Riders lost four of their first six matches.
The Riders bounced back strongly in the race in their last six league stage matches winning all of them while the Dynamites lost five of their last six matches.
Despite the poor show in the last half of the league stage, the Dynamites managed to cope up in the playoffs winning the last league stage match against Khulna Titans, who finished the league at the bottom of the points table.
Dynamites’ coach Khaled Mahmud Shujon said a chance in the playoffs came as an opportunity to them, and they are keen to grab the chance with the open hand.
“We always build our team keeping the championship in mind. Now we have a chance to go for it (championship). We were in need to have a momentum and we have acquired it beating Chittagong Vikings in the Eliminator. Before that, we have won against the Titans as well. Getting momentum back was an important thing for us,” he said.
“Now, we are bowling well, we are batting well too. I think now, we are more confident than we were before. Making some big partnerships in the top-order was the main concern for us. However, we have done it in the last match. Despite all the positivity, I want to say the match against the Riders will be a tough one. They won the title last year and they are led by Mashrafe. There is no chance to see them as an underdog when they are led by Mashrafe. They are very competitive. We need to play our best cricket to overcome them. We are all set to take the challenge,” Shujon further said.
In the final of the last BPL, the Dynamites failed to defend the title losing to the Riders by 57 runs. Chris Gayle was the man to guide the Riders to their maiden title. He hit a tremendous innings of 146 runs of 69 deliveries with 18 sixes and five fours.
However, Gayle is yet to do anything threatening in the ongoing season of BPL. He has played 11 matches and amassed only 188 runs at an average of 18.8.
Shujon said underperforming Gayle is a threat for his team in the Qualifier 2. “Gayle is yet to perform which is a reason of fear for us. In the last final, he single-handedly overcame us. Chris Gayle is Chris Gayle who is incomparable to anyone. We have a plan to prevent him from scoring big runs. But the main thing is to execute the plan in the middle. And another thing is that they have more match-winning cricketers. You may look at Rilee Rossouw who is the most run-scorer right now, and he can change the match anytime. Apart from them, I would say the name of Mashrafe. Actually, they have many cricketers to change the game.”
The Dynamites coach was reluctant to call Wednesday’s match an act of revenge for their loss in the last final. He rather said the match will be a neck and neck fight between the two most powerful team of the season.
While Dynamites’ coach said they are all set to take the challenge of the Riders, Tom Moody, the coach of the Riders, said they will head into the match keeping a win in mind.
“We feel we needed to play well. We lost yesterday (February 4). So, we needed to do well in that match. We are looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow against the Dynamites. They are a good side, we all know that. But we are also determined to win it,” Moody said while talking to the media at Maple Leaf International School at Dhanmondi where he attended a campaign of drug prevention as the social responsibility of the Riders.