Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – Holders Dhaka Abahani Limited and formidable Saif Sporting Club won their respective group matches of the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet, the Walton Federation Cup Football Tournament, at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Sunday.
Defending champions Dhaka Limited made a good start in the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet beating Muktijoddha Sangsad KC by 1-0 goal in opening Group C match Sunday afternoon.
Former national skipper Mamunul Islam Mamun scored the match-winner for the sky-blue popular Dhanmondi outfit in the 54th minute by a placing shot from danger zone that kissed the freedom fighter net, hitting the side bar (1-0)
Mamun, who got the opportunity to make match-winner utilizing a Belfast shot pass that came his way by a header of Sunday. Later, the national coloured medio Mamunul Islam was adjudged the smart player of the match.
In the day’s 2ndmatch, Saif Sporting Club beat Team BJMC by 3-1 goals at the same venue under flood light.
Korea striker SeungilPark put Saif SC ahead in the very 5th minute from a penalty (1-0) while Abdullah Al Mamunof Team BJMC leveled the margin in the 13th minute by eye-catching header from goal mouth melee (1-1).
Substitute striker Jafar Iqbal scored the 2nd goal for Saif SC in the 66th minute by a cool shot from goalmouth melee (2-1) while Denis Blshakov sealed the fate of the match in the 88th minute, also from another penalty (3-1).
Monday’s matches: Mohammedan SC vs Bashundhara Kings (3;15 pm), Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club vs NoFel Sporting Club (5:15 pm).
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – Bangladesh will play hosts Nepal in their 2nd and last Group A match of the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship on Monday at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur Nepal eying to be group champions.
The match will kick off at 2:45 pm Bangladesh time.
Touring Bangladesh, which got off to a flying start in the three-team Group A crushing the Maldives by 9-0 goals in the opening match on Saturday featuring a hat-trick by Nihad Jaman, need just a draw against the home side to clinch the group title as Nepal outplayed the Maldives by 4-0 goals in their first appearance on Thursday.
However, Group A leader Bangladesh and 2nd placed Nepal have secured full three points from one match each to qualify for the semifinals with one match to spare at the coffin of all losers the Maldives.
Both the semifinals will be held on November 1 while the final will commence on November 3 at 3:30 pm at the same venue.
Ahead of the match against Nepal, Bangladesh U-15 players made their practice on Sunday, according a message received from Bangladesh Football Federation.
Head coach of Bangladesh team Mostofa Anowar Parvez said his boys struck to the game plan and were able to carve out a huge win against the Maldives.
“However, let’s not get too complacent. We still have to face Bhutan even though we’ve already qualified for the semifinals. We want to qualify as group champions,” he said.
“Nepal are a strong team. We know their strength and we’ll also try to give our best to defeat them,” the coach added.
Bangladesh skipper Mahedi Hasan is also controlling his emotions, saying, “Yes, we are happy with the big win (against Maldives). But we want to be the group champions. And for that, we have to work hard.”
Star forward Nihat Jaman, who scored four out of Bangladesh’s nine goals against the Maldives, wants to keep his scoring form. “I’m really happy to make a hat-trick in my first international match and help my team win. I want to keep scoring and expecting another hat-trick in the next match.”
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) - Bangladesh’s hotshot golfer Siddikur Rahman finished second in the US$400,000 Panasonic Open India as he was one shot behind the maiden Asian Tour (AT) title winner, a local talent, Khalin Joshi on the final day at Delhi Golf Club’s course on Sunday.
Two-time AT winner 33-year-old Siddikur signed for a three-under-par 69 in the final round where he was highlighted by four birdies against one dismal bogey, considerably the title losing cause, at his favourite par-72 course measuring 6,935 yards.
Siddikur started his campaign in the flagship, sharing second slot after signing for a bogey-free five-under 67 in the first round before grabbing a one shot joint lead with Thai talent Suradit Yongcharoenchai carding a six-under 66 at the halfway stage.
Delhi expert Siddikur maintained the same margin, joint lead with Joshi, after the penultimate round carding a two-under-par 70 and finally aggregated 16-under 272 [67-66-70-69] to finish the second.
Siddikur got Brunei Open title in 2010 for his maiden AT success before bagging the Hero Indian Open 2013 at Delhi Golf Club course where he notched seven other top-10s in his career before the day.
Joshi aggregated a 17-under-par 271 [71-68-64-68] total, including a mesmerising eight-under-par 64 in the penultimate round, which helped him grab the joint lead alongside Siddikur, moving up from the joint 15th spot before the final day.
In the final round, the 26-year-old carded a four-under-par 68, spurred by six birdies against two bogies, for his maiden AT title.
Milan, Oct 28 (AP/UNB) — Juventus missed Mario Mandzukic and Giorgio Chiellini. It got by with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus came from behind to win at relegation-threatened Empoli 2-1 on Saturday and maintain its unbeaten start in Serie A.
His first was a perfectly placed penalty, and his second was a magnificent 20-yard strike, which his coach Massimiliano Allegri called "a moment of magic."
"Those types of moves should be shown to kids in football academies rather than boring them with theory and tactics," Allegri said. "Tomorrow, so many of them will go out and try to imitate the feat of a superstar: By doing that they will certainly learn more than with abstract concepts."
Ronaldo has seven goals in 10 league matches, and four in four since being accused of rape in the United States last month.
Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo denies any wrongdoing.
Following a midweek win at Manchester United in the Champions League, Mandzukic was out injured along with Emre Can and Sami Khedira. Juventus was dealt another blow when defender Chiellini limped out of the warmup and was replaced in the starting lineup by Daniele Rugani.
"We knew it would be a difficult match because we were a bit tired. Playing after the Champions League is always very tricky," Ronaldo said. "But we gave a good response in the second half.
"We gave a great response against Manchester United, and today we showed we're a great team."
In Chiellini's absence there were gaps in the defense, and Empoli took advantage, scoring within half an hour. Afriyie Acquah surged and put the ball into the box, where a deflection took it into the path of Caputo, who curled a delightful effort into the far side of the net.
The goal was only Empoli's second in nine matches against Juventus in Serie A.
Juventus appeared renewed after the break and it leveled nine minutes in when Ronaldo converted a penalty after Ismael Bennacer fouled Paulo Dybala.
Ronaldo scored what was to prove the winner in the 70th. He collected the ball from Blaise Matuidi, took a couple of steps and looked up then fired a stunning strike into the top left corner from 20 yards out.
"I don't remember it well, it was a very quick move, and I think it was a really great goal," Ronaldo said.
Juventus moved seven points clear of second-placed Napoli, which hosts Roma on Sunday.
Both goals were bizarre as Fiorentina and Torino drew 1-1.
Fiorentina was first in the second minute when Torino defender Lorenzo De Silvestri allowed Federico Chiesa's cross to bounce off him and into the path of Marco Benassi, who netted the easiest of goals against his old club.
Torino had its own moment of fortune 11 minutes later when Ola Aina's effort hit the left post, bounced off the back of Alban Lafont's head and into the net for an own goal by the Fiorentina goalkeeper.
Josip Ilicic continued to impress as he helped Atalanta beat Parma 3-0.
Ilicic netted a Serie A hat trick last week at Chievo Verona, ending a nine-match winless streak in all competitions for Atalanta. The Slovenia midfielder didn't score this time but was at the heart of Atalanta's good play.
Atalanta's first goal was a rebound of an Ilicic strike, and the third came from his corner kick. He then hit the crossbar.
Colombo, Oct 28 (AP/UNB) — Joe Denly made his first England cap in eight years count by taking 4-19 to help beat Sri Lanka by 30 runs in their one-off Twenty20 on Saturday.
Recalled as a batsman who can bowl legspin, Denly undermined Sri Lanka's chase for 188 to win by bowling openers Kusal Mendis for 1 and Niroshan Dickwella for 3 in his first two overs.
Fellow legspinner Adil Rashid added three wickets in his first three overs, and Sri Lanka was reduced to 77-5 in 11 overs.
Captain Thisara Perera tried to revive his side with 57 off 31 balls, including six sixes, but defeat was certain by the time he clobbered a Denly full toss to midwicket in the 20th over. Denly added Lasith Malinga off the last ball, and was named man of the match in his first appearance for England since 2010.
Put into bat first up, Jason Roy gave England a lively start with a six off Malinga's second delivery.
Roy survived a run out and four dropped catches to score 69 off 36 balls, including six sixes and four boundaries. He was out in the 11th over, at 107-4.
There was a delay for rain, then England was pushed along by Moeen Ali, who hit 27 off 11, and Denly, with 20 off 17. Add on Ben Stokes' 26, and they made sure the total was competitive at 187-8.
England won the one-day international series 3-1, and the first of three tests starts on Nov. 6 in Galle.