Dhaka, Sept 22 (UNB) - Chattogram Abahani Ltd reached semifinal of the Walton Under-18 Football Tournament eliminating Dhaka Abahani Ltd by 5-4 goals in the tie breaker as the 3rd quarter-final match between two teams was locked in a 1-1 draw in the stipulated time at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Sunday.
Naymur Raha Emon scored for Dhaka Abahani in the 67th minute while Md Rasel Uddin netted the equalizer in the 86th minute.
In the remaining quarter-final match, Saif SC to play Sheikh Jamal DC on Monday at the same venue.
The two semi-finals will be held on September 26 and 27 while final match will commence on September 30.
Bashundhara Kings are the first team to confirm the semifinal berth eliminating Brothers Union Club by 3-2 goals in the first quarter-final last Friday while NoFel Sporting Club reached the semifinal as the second team eliminating Arambagh Krira Sangha by 5-3 goals in the tie breaker of the 2nd quarter-final on Saturday.
Dhaka, Sep 22 (UNB)- Bangladesh Under-16 Football team ended their campaign of the AFC U-16 Championship’2020 Qualifiers conceding a 0-3 goals defeat against stronger Yemen in their 3rd and last group match at Aspire Dome Indoor Stadium in Doha on Sunday.
Forward Hamzah Ahmed Mahross scored twice while another forward Md Ali Hasan netted one for Yemen.
In the first half of the game, Yemen produced some good chances for dominating Bangladeshi defence but most of their efforts went in vain.
Forwards Ahmed Hasan Musrhed and Md Ali Hasan missed two close-range chances to score for Yemen in a span of only five minutes (13th and 18th minutes).
In the 2nd half, Yemen continued domination with their attacking football and bagged its result in the 64th minute while forward Md Ali Hasan netted the ball with a close range left footer shot from inside the box, utilizing a pass from midfielder Abdulrahman Adel Al-Shami (1-0).
In the 72nd minute, substitute forward Hamzah Ahmed Mahross doubled the margin by a close range header from the goal mouth melee, off a corner from midfielder Md Radhi Ebrahim (2-0).
Just after six minutes, forward Mahross widened the margin netting his 2nd goal of the competition by a low-range left footer shot from the danger zone in the 78th minute, from a pass by another forward Md Ahmed Mahdi (3-0).
Yemen missed another chance to widen the margin in the stoppage time (94th minute) while Bangladesh goalkeeper Md Mehedi Hasan denied the penalty with a fine save from defender Hesham Ahmed Balabl.
Yemeni boys got the penalty when substitute defender Md Ali Shakib roughly tackled forward Md Ahmed Mahdi in the danger zone in the 93rd minute.
The game saw Bangladesh captain Jony Sikder getting yellow card in the 89th minute.
Bangladesh, which put in the Group E of the AFC junior meet along with Qatar, Yemen and Bhutan, started their campaign conceding a 0-2 goals defeat against hosts Qatar in their first match on Thursday night but bounced back in the race crushing Bhutan by 3-0 goals in their second match on Friday.
Bangladesh squad: Md Mehedi Hasan, Apurbo Mali, Sayed Nayeem Ahmed, Jony Sikder, Sajed Hasan Jummon Nijum, Md Rajib Hossain, Al Mirad, Moniul Islam Moin, Sirajul Islam Rana/ Saiful Islam Sumon (83rd), Md Rabiul Alam, Saiful Islam Saeed
Yemen squad: Faisal Md Maroof, Md Naji Al-Qashmi, Hesham Ahmed Balabl, Md Ahmed Mahdi, Hasan Md Al-Kawmani, Ahmed Hasan Musrhed, Abdulrahman Adel Al-Shami, Md Ali Hasan, Ahmed Al-Sowadi, Md Radhi Ebrahim, Ahmed Al-Buraihi.
Referee: Takuto Okabe (Japan)
Dhaka, Sept 22 (UNB)– Bangladesh are well-prepared to play their second and last group match of the ongoing SAFF Under-18 Championship’2019 against India on Monday at APF Stadium in Kathmandu.
The match will kick-off at 3:15 pm (BdST).
As a part of the preparation, Bangladeshi booters made a good practice session at the Buddhi Bikash Ground on Sunday.
Bangladesh Head Coach Andrew Peter Turner said, “We’ve taken good preparation and have some plans for the match against India. Everybody is fit now.”
SAFF runners-up Bangladesh team put in the three-team Group B along with India and Sri Lanka while Group A comprises of defending champions and hosts Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan.
Last times runners-up Bangladesh made a flying start in the competition beating Sri Lanka by 3-0 goals in their first Group B match at APF Stadium in Kathmandu on Saturday.
Tanbir Hossain, Foysal Ahmed Fahim and Fahim Morshed scored one goal each for Bangladesh.
Earlier, Bangladesh played two times against India in the SAFF U-18 Championships.
Bangladesh were eliminated from SAFF U-18 Championship’2015 semis conceding 3-4 goals defeat against India in the penalty shootout in Nepal but two years later crushed them by 4-3 goals in the single-leg group stage of SAFF U-18 Championship’2017 in Bhutan.
Bangladesh Squad: Md Mohiuddin, Mitul Marma, Shanto Kumer Ray, Yeasin Arafat, Uttam Chandra Roy, Sadekujaman Fahim, Md Emon Khan, Kazi Rahad Mia, Rakibul Islam, Tnabir Hossain, Md Ridoy, Fahim Morshed, Omar Faruq Mithu, Md Emon Ali, Md Sagor Hossain, Dipok Roy, Md Jamir Uddin, Foysal Ahmed Fahim, Samrat Ahmed, Naiyem Hossain, Nihat Jaman Ucchash, Maraz Hossain and Amir Khan Bappi.
Madrid, Sept 22 (AP/UNB) — Not even Lionel Messi's return was enough to prevent Barcelona from making its worst start in the Spanish league for 25 years.
Messi came off the bench in the second half for his first league appearance of the season on Saturday as Barcelona lost 2-0 at promoted Granada.
Barcelona is seventh with seven points from its first five matches. Not since 1994-95 — when it had five points after the first five games — has Barcelona had such a bad start.
"Clearly it hasn't been a good start to the season," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "There are a lot of matches still to be played, but it's obvious that we need to improve."
Ramón Azeez and Álvaro Vadillo scored a goal in each half for Granada, which is top of the league with 10 points after its third win of the season.
Coming off two straight seasons in the second division, Granada hadn't beaten Barcelona in the league since 2014. It had lost six straight matches against the Catalan club.
It is the first time since 1971 that Granada has won three games in a row in the league without conceding. Barcelona, meanwhile, has conceded two or more goals in four consecutive league matches for the first time since 2009.
"We are not creating enough chances," Valverde said. "We need to be more effective and translate our dominance into scoring chances and into victories."
Messi, who had been sidelined with a calf injury since preseason, also came off the bench to play in Barcelona's 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.
His only chance on Saturday came with an 82nd-minute shot from inside the area that was saved by the goalkeeper. That was Barcelona's only shot on target at the Nuevo Los Cármenes Stadium.
Granada opened the scoring two minutes into the game with a close-range header by Azeez after Barcelona defender Junior Firpo lost possession near his own area.
Barcelona improved significantly after Valverde brought on Messi and teenage forward Ansu Fati after halftime, but it was Granada that added to the lead with a penalty kick converted by Vadillo in the 66th. The penalty was awarded after video review showed a hand ball by substitute Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.
The result kept the two-time defending champion winless in its first three away matches in the league.
Atlético Held Again
Atlético Madrid was held by Celta Vigo to a 0-0 draw, missing its chance to regain the Spanish league lead.
Atlético has the same 10 points as Granada and Sevilla but trails both teams on goal difference. Sevilla has a game in hand, against Real Madrid on Sunday.
It was the third winless match in a row for Atlético, which was coming off a 2-2 home draw against Juventus in the Champions League. Last weekend, Diego Simeone's team lost 2-0 at Real Sociedad for its first setback of the season.
"We tried every way possible," Atlético defender José María Giménez said. "We went for the win until the last minute. At least we didn't concede this time, but we let two important points slip away."
Atlético had conceded six goals in its last three matches.
Atlético striker Diego Costa and Celta defender Lucas Olaza were shown yellow cards after the final whistle as players from both teams got into an altercation.
Celta, which was coming off a home loss against Granada, stayed 14th in the 20-team standings with five points from five matches. It hadn't won a point at Atlético since 2014.
Villarreal defeated Valladolid 2-0 at home with two late goals, while Levante was held by visiting Eibar to a 0-0 draw. Villarreal is fourth after its second straight victory.
Islamic University, Sept 21 (UNB) - The Bangabandhu inter-department football tournament began at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Saturday amid festive mood and much enthusiasm.
IU vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari inaugurated the tournament as the chief guest at the central football playground of the university around 10:30am.
While addressing the inaugural session, IU VC said that every student should take part in sports, cultural and other extra-curriculum activities so that they could abstain from drugs and other offensive acts.
A total of 32 departments out of 33 will take part in the tournament, Muhammad Sohel, director of IU Physical Education department, told UNB.
IU pro-vice-chancellor Professor M Shahinoor Rahman, Treasurer Professor M Selim Toha, acting registrar SM Abdul Latif, proctor and syndicate member Professor M Mahbubar Rahman and student advisor Professor Paresh Chandra Barman, among others, were present at the session.