Watford, Apr 16 (AP/UNB) — Arsenal benefited from a bizarre goal from a goalkeeping error and Watford striker Troy Deeney's red card to claim a 1-0 win that lifted the team back into the Premier League's top four on Monday.
The match was ultimately decided in the space of a few seconds in the first half, with Arsenal going ahead in the 10th minute when Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster dallied on a back pass, then slammed his clearance into the outstretched left boot of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The ball rebounded into the net from six yards (meters).
Within a minute, Watford was reduced to 10 men when Deeney was sent off for elbowing Lucas Torreira in the face after the Arsenal midfielder had passed the ball to a teammate.
Arsenal was hardly convincing at Vicarage Road despite playing with an extra man for most of the game, but came away with a second away win since November to climb above Chelsea into fourth place on goal difference.
It was Arsenal's first clean sheet in an away league match this season.
"We were competitive, but in the circumstances we can control the match better," Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. "We didn't make it easy to score the second goal. We did not control the ball in the attacking third."
Aubameyang, playing his first full season in the league, moved onto 18 goals and is only one behind top scorers Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in the race for the Golden Boot. Liverpool's Sadio Mane also has 18 goals.
The Gabon striker is unlikely to score a more bizarre goal this season but did well to close down Foster as the goalkeeper received a back pass from right back Daryl Janmaat.
As Foster attempted to clear, Aubameyang got across the goalkeeper and saw the ball career off him into the back of the net.
"I've said sorry to the lads," Foster said. "I have tried to drag it on to my left foot and pass it out but before I knew it he was on me. He is too quick.
"In hindsight you have to get rid of the ball as quick as you can, even if it goes into row Z."
Deeney, who prides himself on being an intimidating striker, previously questioned Arsenal's stomach for a physical battle, saying after a home win in this fixture last season that its players can be bullied and lack "cojones."
In the opening minutes, his physicality was on show but he took things too far moments after the restart following Aubameyang's goal.
Torreira played a pass across the field before he was clattered by the right forearm of Deeney, who needlessly and aggressively leant into the diminutive Arsenal midfielder.
The referee took his time before showing a straight red card to Deeney, who complained bitterly.
"I respect the referee's decision, but I don't agree," Watford manager Javi Gracia said. "In my opinion, it is a yellow card but never a red."
Watford barely tested Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno but did apply pressure in the final half-hour and came close to equalizing when Adam Masina fired a long-range effort against the woodwork in the 62nd minute.
Barcelona, Apr 16 (AP/UNB) — Real Madrid needed Karim Benzema to salvage a 1-1 draw at Spanish league minnow Leganes on Monday.
Benzema again proved a bright spot in a disappointing season for his club, scoring his fifth goal in four matches to cancel out an opener by right back Jonathan Silva.
The France striker also snatched recent wins for Madrid with late goals against Huesca and Eibar.
Madrid remains third in the standings, 13 points adrift of Barcelona, which is on course to retain its title with six games left and a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid.
Coach Zinedine Zidane already said Madrid had little to play for this season, adding over the weekend that his squad was set to be culled at the end of the campaign.
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas, whose future has been in doubt since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois last year, said on Monday that the players had more to play for than just trophies.
"We have our pride and our love for this shirt, which is worth more than any title," Navas said. "It has been a complicated season for everyone.
"We have gone out there to win games, but they have gotten away from us. It is difficult to explain. We are all sad for the situation."
Other than a shot by Marco Asensio saved by goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar, Leganes had little trouble keeping in check Madrid's attack in the first half.
The hosts went ahead just before halftime when Martin Braithwaite won the ball in a crowded area and passed to Silva, who curled a shot around Navas into the corner of the net from the edge of the penalty box.
A flash of skill from Luka Modric then set up the equalizer in the 51st minute.
The Ballon d'Or winner turned quickly before slipping a pass through the defense to Benzema. His first strike was blocked by Cuellar, but the France forward pounced on the rebound and fired it home.
It was Benzema's team-leading 27th goal in all competitions this season.
His increasing status since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of last season is in stark contrast to the fall from grace of Gareth Bale.
Bale played only the last 10 minutes against Leganes and, after falling out with the fans this season, he could be one of the stars the club will look to move on.
"I didn't like our first half, but I think our second half was better," Zidane said. "At the end we managed to draw, but we could have played much better. That is for sure. The sensation is not good."
Mumbai, Apr 15 (AP/UNB) — Vijay Shankhar and Ravindra Jadeja were picked for India's World Cup cricket team on Monday while Ambati Rayudu was left out.
The squad was named by chief selector MSK Prasad after meeting with skipper Virat Kohli.
Rishabh Pant also missed out while the experienced Dinesh Karthik was chosen for the tournament in England.
"After the Champions Trophy (in 2017) ... we did give a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is three dimensions," Prasad said.
The chief selector said Shankar's "fantastic fielding" also went in his favor and if the conditions were overcast in England he might also bowl.
The squad also included KL Rahul, who could either open or fit in the middle order along with Kedhar Jadhav and Karthik. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are the three frontline fast bowlers with all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
The strong Indian batting lineup includes 2015 World Cup veterans in Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni.
Prasad said Karthik could come in India's playing XI if Dhoni is injured, and Karthik's experience of performing under pressure won him the spot ahead of Pant.
"Pant is full of talent. There's a lot of time for him," Prasad said. "Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches (and) that scored for him."
Prasad said an additional four fast bowlers will travel with the team to England in case there's an injury. However, Prasad did not name which four pacers will accompany the team.
The ICC has set April 23 as deadline for the 10 countries participating in the tournament to finalize their squads. But Prasad said no changes will be made to the 15-member squad announced Monday unless there's injury.
India will open its World Cup campaign when it takes on South Africa in Southampton on June 5.
Dhaka, April 15 (UNB) – Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club earned 1-0 goal victory over Agrani Bank Club in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Monday.
Khankar scored the match-winner for Fakirerpool in the 76th minute.
The day’s other match between Wari Club and Farashganj SC ended in a goalless draw at the same venue.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) – Star-studded Bashundhara Kings dominated the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football as the lone unbeaten team securing 31 points from 11 matches with 10 wins and one draw after the 12th round matches till Saturday.
Defending champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd followed the leaders neck and neck collecting 30 points from 12 matches with 10 wins and two defeats.
Sheikh Russel KC, Saif SC and Arambagh KC were in the 3rd, 4th and 5th slot respectively.
Sheikh Russel KC have 24 points from 11 matches with 7 wins, three draws and one defeat, Saif FC earned 20 points with six wins, two draws and three losses, one point ahead of Arambagh KS (19). Arambagh have won six matches, drew 1 and lost 4.
The two bottom-placed teams -- Brothers Union and Team BJMC -- will face relegation.
The 13th and last round matches of BPL will begin on April 18 after a break of four days for Bangla New Year and AFC Cup match in Dhaka.
NoFeL SC will face Sheikh Jamal DC in Noakhali while Bashundhara Kings will take on Chittagong Abahani in Nilphamari on April 18.
On April 19, Muktijoddha SKC will play Saif SC in Gopalganj while Rahmatgonj MFS to face Dhaka Mohammedan in Dhaka.
Team BJMC will face Sheikh Russel KC in Noakhali while Arambagh KC will take on Brothers Union in Mymensingh on April 20.
BPL points table after the round-12 (Tabulated under match played, win, draw, loss, goal for, goal against and Points)
Teams M W D loss GF/GA Points
Bashundhara Kings 11 10 1 0 23/6 31
Dhaka Abahani 12 10 0 2 28/12 30
Sheikh Russel KC 11 7 3 1 15/4 24
Saif SC 11 6 2 3 15/11 20
Arambagh KS 11 6 1 4 16/12 19
Muktijoddha SKC 11 4 3 4 15/11 15
Chittagong Abahani 11 3 5 3 8/8 14
Sheikh Jamal DC 11 3 4 4 11/14 13
Rahmatgonj MFS 11 1 6 4 11/18 9
NoFeL SC 11 2 2 7 6/15 8
Dhaka Mohammedan 11 1 3 7 7/21 6
Brothers Union 11 1 2 8 6/20 5
Team BJMC 11 0 4 7 2/11 4