Dhaka, May 13 (UNB)- A hat-trick on Tuesday by Mohammad Afroz helped East End Club to beat Shantinagar Club by 3-1 goals in the Dhaka Metropolis Second Division Football League at Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi M Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Mohammad Afroz made the hat-trick scoring all the three goals for East End Club while Mohammad Sufol Islam netted the lone goal for Shantinagar Club.
Mohammad Sufol put Shantinagar Club ahead in the 10th minute of the match (1-1).
East End Club tried hard to comeback in the match and took its fruit in the 45th minute as Mohammad Afroz leveled the margin (1-1).
After a 1-1 in the first half, Afroz put East End Club ahead from behind scoring his 2nd goal in the 51st minute (2-1) and sealed the fate of the match scoring his and the 3rd goal for East End Club (3-0) in the stoppage time (91 minute).
Dhaka, May 14 (UNB)- Dhaka Abahani Limited will take on former Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC in their fourth Group E match of AFC Cup 2019 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday.
In their last Group Eencounter, a suicidal goal by Brazilian defender Wellington Priori forcedthe Dhanmondi-based outfit to concede a 0-1 defeat at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 30.
The defeat forced Abahani to the 2nd slot in the four-team group with four points from three matches with one win, one draw and one loss. Channaiyin FC, on the other hand, reached the top of the group with an unbeaten run securing seven points from three matches with two wins and a draw.
Abahani, six-time Bangladesh Professional Football League champions, will have to win the next match to keep their hopes alive in AFC Cup.
They have failed to score enough in their Group E matches despite having a good attacking side. They netted three goals and concededas many in their last three games.
Abahani coach Mario Lemos said that the team is nevertheless confident.
“We didn’t do well in India. We played well there but we lost the match. But, we’ll do better in this game,” he told a pre-match press conference at BFF house on Tuesday.
He said they would follow a very simple plan by playing attacking football and avoiding mistakes.
Abahani’s key booter Nabib Newaz Ziban is also confident. “We’ve done a lot of work on our mistakes. Tomorrow we’ll try to win,” he said.
On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC’s goal difference stands at +3 with their three goals in as many Group E matches.
After a goalless draw (0-0 ) with Minerva Punjab on April 3, theydefeated Manang Marshyangdi of Nepal by 2-0 goals on April 17 at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Chennaiyin’s English head coach John Charles Gregory said that the match will be tough but they will try hard to win.
In the AFC Club Ranking 2019, Dhaka Abahani are in the 110th slot with 8.59 points while Chennaiyin FC are in the 98th slot with 10.61 points.
Abahani are participating in their third AFC campaign since 2017 but it is Chennaiyin FC’s maiden appearance.
Dhaka Abahani Limited successively won country’s one of the prestigious football competition Federation Cup title for three times since 2016.
In the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League, Dhaka Abahani are in the second slot with 33 points from their thirteen matches with eleven wins and two losses while the Indian side ended their Indian Super League season remaining at the bottom-place in the 10-team league earning 9 points from eighteen games with two wins, three draws and thirteen losses.
The game will kick off at 7pm. Bangladesh Football Federation has announced free entry for all supporters.
In the day’s other match, Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi will host Minerva Punjab at 3:30pm at ANFA Complex in Kathmandu.
In the next Group E matches, Abahani will take on Manang Marshyangdi on June 19 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and play Minerva Punjab on June 26 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India.
Dhaka Abahani: Shahidul Alam Sohel (C), Raihan Hasan, Nabib Newaz Ziban, Waly Faisal, Sunday Chizoba, MasihSaighani, Kervens Belfort, Wellington Priori, Jewel Rana, Rubel Miya, Mamun Miah, Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Imtiaz Sultan Jitu, Sohel Rana, Pranotosh Kumar Das, Mamunul Islam, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Topu Barman, Saad Uddin, Nayeem Mia, Sultan Ahmed Shakil, Faisal Ahmed, Hafizur Rahman, Mohammad Ridoy, Dipok Roy, Mohammad Rony, Ariful Islam, Syed Arafat Hossain Tasin.
Standings of the Group E of 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 Dhaka (BAN) 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Minerva Punjab (IND) 3 0 3 0 4 4 3
Manang Marshyangdi Club (NEP) 3 0 1 2 2 5 1
Milan, May 14 (AP/UNB) — Inter Milan took a crucial step towards securing Champions League football by beating 10-man Chievo Verona 2-0 in Serie A on Monday.
Inter moved back into third spot in Serie A, a point above Atalanta, which occupies the final Champions League qualifying berth.
Crucially, Inter was four points above AC Milan and Roma with two matches remaining.
"Once we broke the deadlock, it all became easier. Now, it will all be in our hand for the next two games," Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan said. "Now, getting points to qualify for the Champions League is all that matters."
Matteo Politano opened the scoring shortly before halftime and Ivan Perisic, who earlier hit the post, sealed the result after Chievo midfielder Nicola Rigoni was sent off for a second booking.
Last-placed Chievo had already been relegated.
Bologna all but achieved Serie A safety with a 4-1 win over 10-man Parma, which is in danger of getting sucked back into the relegation dogfight.
Bologna was helped by two own goals, including from Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe, who kept his side in the match early on with three sensational saves.
Parma defender Francisco Sierralta scored the other own goal late on.
Parma captain Bruno Alves was sent off with his team trailing 2-0 after he was showed a second yellow card for his reaction after being booked for a foul.
Bologna moved five points above the relegation zone and two above Parma.
Sydney, May 14 (AP/UNB) — Star forward Sam Kerr will lead an experienced Australia squad at the Women's World Cup next month in France, where the Matildas are aiming to go beyond the quarterfinals for the first time.
Kerr, who made her international debut at age 15 in 2009, has scored 31 goals in her 76 full international games and is the all-time leading scorer in the U.S. National Women's Soccer League. She scored twice in the Chicago Red Stars 3-1 win over North Carolina on the weekend, ending the defending champion Courage's 15-game unbeaten streak, and later told reporters she'd see them after the World Cup — with the trophy.
Australia coach Ant Milicic announced a Matildas squad Tuesday that has more than 1,300 international caps combined.
Lisa de Vanna, Clare Polkinghome and Lydia Williams have been picked for a fourth World Cup campaign and six players, including Kerr, are going to the biggest event in women's soccer for a third time.
"This is a special group of Australian footballers because, as a unit, they have accumulated a wealth of international experience despite the average age of the team being quite young," Milicic said. "Having players who have appeared at multiple World Cups in our squad will help to guide the eight players traveling to their first."
Kyah Simon, who has scored at the last two World Cups but has been struggling with a long-term ankle injury, and 17-year-old Kyra Cooney-Cross were included in an expanded 25-player squad for a Matildas camp in Turkey and will remain on standby in case of injuries to other players.
Australia will play a warmup match against Netherlands on June 1 and then open their World Cup Group C campaign against Italy on June 9.
The Australian women have been knocked out in the quarterfinals at the last three World Cups, twice by eventual runners-up.
Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Teagan Micha, Lydia Williams.
Defenders: Teigen Allen, Laura Alleway, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Polkinghorne, Gema Simon.
Midfielders: Katrina Gorry, Amy Harrison, Elise Kellond-Knight, Chloe Logarzo, Aivi Luik, Emily van Egmond, Tameka Yallop.
Forwards: Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Emily Gielnik, Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso.
Milan, May 14 (AP/UNB) — After being heavily linked with Roma and Juventus, Antonio Conte seems destined for Inter Milan if the coach returns to Italian soccer.
Italian newspapers have reported Conte has already agreed on a three-year contract with the Nerazzurri to replace current coach Luciano Spalletti at the end of the season.
Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta did not deny the reports when asked about them on Monday.
"We have to bear this discussion and that's not easy because it's annoying," said Marotta, who brought in Conte as coach at Juventus. "But Spalletti's work has to be recognized."
Inter beat 10-man Chievo Verona 2-0 on Monday to all but secure qualification for next season's Champions League. It moved to third in Serie A, a point above Atalanta and four above AC Milan and Roma with two matches remaining.
The top four from Serie A qualify.
It hasn't been an easy season for Inter, however: It was eliminated from all competitions early on, top signing Radja Nainggolan has performed way below expectations, and there has been trouble with forward Mauro Icardi, who was stripped of the captaincy at the beginning of the year.
Icardi, who scored 29 league goals last season and 24 in the previous one, has netted just 10 times this campaign. He hasn't scored from open play since December and he was again roundly jeered by the Inter fans when he was substituted 11 minutes from time against Chievo.
Conte has been out of a job since June 2018 when he was fired from Chelsea, and the former Juventus and Italy coach is seen as the perfect man to rejuvenate the squad.
"I can't understand the criticism that has come of late," Marotta added. "We have an objective to achieve and we are aware of it, what matters is our position in the table.
"Everything else is an irritation and we have to be alert so that we can deal with these disturbances in the best of ways."
Alessandro Florenzi might be "too small to speak" according to Cristiano Ronaldo but he had the last laugh as he set Roma on its way to a 2-0 victory on Sunday.
A row broke out between the players late in the match on Sunday after Ronaldo unsportingly didn't give the ball back after Roma kicked it out so an injured player could get treatment.
Florenzi was fuming and Ronaldo responded by making a gesture with his hand and clearly saying "you're too small to speak."
Shortly afterward, Florenzi scored the opener, exchanging passes with Edin Dzeko before dinking the ball over Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Florenzi, who is 173 centimeters tall, was asked about the tiff with Ronaldo
"Let's leave what happens on the pitch there," Florenzi said. "We'd put the ball out of play, and then he played it. Obviously he's won the Ballon d'Or and thinks he has all the right to do what he did."
Ronaldo had earlier had a goal ruled out, hampering his chances of winning the top goalscorer award. He trails Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella by five goals.