Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB)-Bangladesh National Women’s Football team, which were eliminated from the six-nation 5th SAFF Women’s Championship from semifinals, returned home on Thursday afternoon after a frustrating mission in Nepal.
Four-time champions India stormed into the final of the SAFF Women’s Championship for the 5th time in a row eliminating youthful Bangladesh by 4-0 goals in the 2nd semifinal of the regional soccer meet at Shahid Rangashala in the Nepalese city of Biratnagar on Wednesday.
With the feat, India maintained their unbeaten record in the SAFF Women’s Championship playing 23 matches since its inception in 2010 winning all four previous editions and will play Himalayan nation and hosts Nepal in the final on Friday (March 22) at the same venue.
In Wednesday’ semifinal, last-time runners-up Bangladesh conceded three quick goals in the first half in a span of only 19 minutes in the elimination round of the 5th version of the South Asian Women’s Football.
Bangladesh team reached the last four stage of the meet as the Group A runners-up losing to hosts Nepal by 0-3 goals in their 2nd match after beating Bhutan by 2-0 goals in the first match while India stormed into semifinals as Group B champion with all-win record outplaying the Maldives by 6-0 goals and Sri Lanka by 5-0 goals.
Nepal reached the semifinals as the Group A champions with all-win record beating Bhutan and Bangladesh by 3-0 goals each while Bangladesh a managed semifinal berth as the Group A runners-up eliminating Bhutan by 2-0 goals.
Dhaka, March 21 (UNB)— Bangladesh will take on hosts Bahrain on Friday to start their Group B campaign of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers.
The match, one of the two on the opening day, will take place at Khalifa Sports City Stadium in Isa Town at 10pm Bangladesh time. Palestine will play Sri Lanka in the other match on the opening day at 7pm BdST.
Bangladesh have been placed in four-team Group B with hosts Bahrain, Palestine and Sri Lanka. In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Palestine on March 24 at 7pm BdST and Sri Lanka on March 26 at 10pm BdST.
The morale of Bangladesh team is very high. During their 10-day intensive training camp in Qatar, they beat Al Shahania Club by 1-0 goal and had a goalless draw with Al Arabi Club.
Bangladesh football team, studded with 11 youthful U-23 players, recently beat hosts Cambodia by 1-0 in the FIFA International Friendly in Phnom Penh.
Forty-four teams, split into eleven groups, are taking part in the AFC U-23 qualifiers, a qualifying meet of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Later, 11 group champions with four best group runners-up and hosts Thailand will play in the 16-team final round of the meet slated for January next year in Thailand. The top three teams will qualify for Tokyo Olympics.
Bangladesh U-23 Football team reached Bahrain capital Manama from Qatar to compete in Group B matches. On Thursday, Bangladesh attended the managers’ coordination meeting after breakfast.
The coach and captain of Bangladesh are scheduled to attend the official pre-match press conference at 10pm BdST. Then the players are schedule to take part in an one-hour training session at the match venue from 10:30pm to 11:30pm BdST.
Dhaka, March 20 (UNB)- Four-time champions India stormed into the final of the SAFF Women’s Championship for the 5th time in a row eliminating youthful Bangladesh by 4-0 goals in the 2nd semifinal of the six-nation regional soccer meet at Shahid Rangashala in the Nepalese city of Biratnagar on Wednesday.
Last time runners-up Bangladesh conceded three quick goals in the first half in a span of only 19 minutes in the elimination round of the 5th version of the South Asian Women’s Football.
With the day’s feat, India maintained their unbeaten record in the SAFF Women’s Championship playing 22 matches since its inception in 2010 in winning all four previous editions.
India won 21 matches out of 22 and in the remaining match they played to a goalless draw against Bangladesh in a group match of the last edition of the meet held in the Indian town of Siliguri in 2016.
Out of nine meeting, India have now beat Bangladesh on eight occasions at senior level in the women’s game, with Bangladesh suffering a humiliating 1-7 goals defeat against India in their previous match in the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers in November last year in Myanmar.
In the day’s first semifinal, hosts Nepal smartly reached final for the 4th time eliminating Sri Lanka by 4-0 goals at the same venue Wednesday morning.
Himalayan nation Nepal will play giant India in the final on Friday (March 22) at the same venue.
In the day’s 2nd semi, Indumati Katheresan struck twice while Dalmia Chibbar and Manisha scored one each.
Dalmia Chibbar put India ahead in the 18th minute by pushing the ball home from a goalmouth melee utilizing a corner kick (1-0).
Just five minute later, Indumati Katheresan doubled in the Indian margin by placing shot beating Bangladesh defender (2-0). .
In the 37th minute, Indumati scored her 2nd and the 3rd goal for India also by a straight placing shot from a counterattack (3-0).
In the 2nd half, India maintained their heavy pressure on Bangladesh territory and Manisha sealed the fate of the match scoring the 4th goal from a handshake distance in the stoppage time (93rd minute) 4-0.
The Himalayan nation and hosts Nepal reached the semifinals as the Group A champions with all-win record beating Bhutan and Bangladesh by 3-0 goals each while Bangladesh a managed semifinal berth as the Group A runners-up eliminating Bhutan by 2-0 goals.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB)- Bangladesh U-23 National Football team, in a 10-day intensive training camp in Qatar, maintained their unbeaten record after playing a 1-1 draw with local Al Arabi Club in their 2nd practice match in Doha Tuesday night.
Rocky scored lone goal for Bangladesh in the 61st minute while Hasan Dad scored for the Al Arabi Club in the 37th minute from a penalty,
Bangladesh Youth team have been training in Qatar ahead of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers beginning in Bahrain on March 22.
Touring Bangladesh team came to limelight beating Al Shahania Club of Qatar by 1-0 goal in their first practice match last Friday by the goal scored by Ashraful Islam after beating hosts Cambodia, also by 1-0 in the FIFA International Friendly in Phnom Penh recently.
Bangladesh team schedule to fly for Bahrain on Wednesday (March 20) to play the Group B matches of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.
Bangladesh, which were placed in the four–team AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers along with hosts Bahrain, Palestine and Sri Lanka, will play hosts Bahrain in the opening match on March 22, Palestine on March 24 and Sri Lanka on March 26.
Nyon, Mar 20 (AP/UNB) — Paris Saint-Germain won an initial legal battle with UEFA on Tuesday over the monitoring of its spending on player transfers and wages, and sponsorship deals linked to the club's Qatari owner.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld PSG's appeal against an attempt by UEFA investigators to reopen a previously closed investigation.
The judgment in favor of PSG is separate from another UEFA investigation of its finances in the 2017-18 season when the French champions, backed by Qatari sovereign wealth, signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The most severe punishment in that ongoing probe could see UEFA ban PSG from the Champions League. World soccer's most coveted club competition is key to building the club's global appeal and paid the French club 62 million euros ($70 million) last season in prize money alone.
The appeal judgment Tuesday from CAS related to UEFA's club finance monitoring panel wanting to review its own decision that declared PSG's accounts through June 2017 compliant with "Financial Fair Play" rules.
The court said UEFA's panel of independent investigators and judges missed the deadline to challenge their own previous decision.
"The challenged decision was untimely and must be annulled," CAS said in a statement, announcing the ruling while PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi attended talks at UEFA headquarters about future changes to the Champions League.
Al Khelaifi, who is also a member of UEFA's executive committee representing European clubs, declined to comment to The Associated Press.
PSG's victory was expected after Turkish club Galatasaray won a similar CAS ruling against UEFA last month.
"The CAS decision does not put in doubt the objectives of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play system," UEFA said, repeating its statement issued in the Galatasaray case.
UEFA said its lawyers will analyze the CAS judgment and make "any clarifications or amendments to its rules" required.
PSG has long been a major target of UEFA's FFP project since the launch in 2011. It requires clubs to approach break-even business on soccer, such as on player transfers and wages, and also assesses the fair market value of sponsorship deals.
"The club emphasizes it has always respected the rules and always striven to reply calmly and transparently to repeated requests from UEFA and its club finance panel," PSG said in a statement Tuesday.
Critics say FFP protects storied clubs from being challenged by ambitious rivals with wealthy owners, though UEFA insists it aims to control club debts and over-inflation of the soccer market.
Since being bought by its Qatari owners in 2011, PSG has been suspected of using overvalued sponsor deals from the gas-rich emirate to balance its accounts and comply with UEFA rules.
The club forfeited 20 million euros ($22.8 million) of Champions League prize money in a 2014 settlement that avoided a more high-stakes legal fight. Manchester City, which is owned by Abu Dhabi's ruling family, got the same deal from UEFA.
In April 2017, UEFA released PSG and Man City from their settlement agreements for complying with three years of stricter monitoring.
PSG then spent heavily in that offseason, breaking soccer's transfer record to buy Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros (about $250 million). A loan deal was agreed with Monaco for Mbappe that became a 180 million euro ($205 million) purchase last year.
UEFA opened an investigation soon after the loan for Mbappe was completed in August 2017.