Turin, Apr 17 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo shook his head as he walked off the field, while the Ajax players and staff celebrated with their fans long after the final whistle.
The youth-filled Ajax team knocked off another one of Europe's giants on Tuesday, beating Juventus 2-1 in Turin to reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time since 1997. It is the first time since 2010 that Ronaldo has failed to reach the last four, having won the competition the last three years in a row with Madrid.
"He's disappointed as we all are, but we can't be dragged down by this disappointment," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
Juventus signed Ronaldo in the offseason in the hope of ending a 23-year wait for the Champions League but one goal from the Portugal star wasn't enough against the Dutch team, which erased a first-half deficit and largely dominated the final 45 minutes.
"Cristiano increased our chances of winning the Champions League but football isn't math," Allegri added. "It's not one plus one equals two, but one plus one can equal three, four, zero."
Having already seen off Real Madrid in the previous round, Ajax showed no fear against Ronaldo and the Italian giant either, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.
"It's an unforgettable night for Ajax, we eliminated one of the favorites for the competition," Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said. "We played with confidence and patience. With our footballing philosophy we can go beyond expectation, we have once again surpassed our limits. It's very difficult to play against us and our philosophy."
Even going behind to a goal from Ronaldo in the first half didn't faze Ajax's young players as Donny van de Beek leveled shortly after and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the winner in the second half.
Ajax will play either Manchester City or Tottenham in the semifinals.
Ronaldo's old rival Lionel Messi is very much in contention, though, after scoring two goals to help Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-0 and progress 4-0 on aggregate in Tuesday's other quarterfinal.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the previous round against Atletico Madrid to almost single-handedly overturn a two-goal deficit, and had also found the back of the net in Amsterdam. The 34-year-old Portugal forward added his fifth goal in three Champions League matches in the 28th minute on Tuesday, heading in a Miralem Pjanic corner.
But Ajax leveled six minutes later when Hakim Ziyech's mishit shot turned into an assist for Donny van de Beek, who beat the offside trap to redirect it past Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Ajax grew in confidence in the second half and had a number of chances to take the lead, with Szczesny making a couple of stellar saves to keep the game level. But Juventus continued to look vulnerable without captain and key defender Giorgio Chiellini, and Ajax finally found its breakthrough in the 67th as De Ligt outjumped both Daniel Rugani and Alex Sandro to head in a corner.
It could have been worse for Juventus as Ziyech had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside.
Dhaka, April 16 (UNB) – Uttar Baridhara Club and Motijheel T&T Club won their respective matches in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Tuesday.
Uttar Baridhara Club beat Bangladesh Police AC by 1-0 goal scored by Shamim in the 63rd minute.
Motijheel T&T Club defeated Soccer Club, Feni also by the same margin. Salim scored the match-winner for T&T Club in the 45th minute.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) - India’s Minerva Punjab booters participated in a practice session on Tuesday evening at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) in Dhaka. The Indian side sweated it out for about 2 hours ahead of their group E football match against Dhaka Abahani Ltd on Wednesday at BNS here.
The practice session consisted of several drills -- dribbling, turning, crossing, heading and shooting. Head coach of Minerva Punjab Sachin Badadhe said they are fully prepared to meet their Bangladeshi counterpart. “Abahani are a very good team. We’re prepared for them,” he said.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB)- Dhaka Abahani Ltd are ready to take on India’s Minerva Punjab in the group E match on Wednesday.
The AFC Cup 2019 game will kick-off at 5:45pm (BdST) at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Six-time Bangladesh Professional Football League champions Abahani are optimistic about winning against former I-League champions Minerva.
Abahani coach Mario Lemos said they were ready for the showdown.
“Minerva Punjab are a very strong team but we have a chance to win,” he told a pre-match media briefing. “We’ll give our 100 percent.”
The visitors are also confident with their head coach Sachin Badadhe giving out a clear message: “We came here to get three points.”
Dhaka Abahani Ltd.: 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.
Minerva Punjab: Bhaskar Roy, Prateek Joshi, Devansh Debas, Kareem Omolaja, Mahmoud Al Amna, Kalif Alhasan, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Robert Primus, Akashdeep Singh, Dilliram Sanyasi, Souvik Das, Makan Winkle Chothe, Sreyas Valiyaveettu Gopalan, Aakash Sangwan, Nidhin Lal, Thoiba Singh, Arashapreet Singh, Deepak Devrani, Prabhjot Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Harminder Singh, Salman Lateef, Arshdeep Singh, Amandeep Singh, Moinuddin Khan.
Time- Matches- Time- Venue
April 17: Dhaka Abahani Ltd. vs Minerva Punjab- 5:45 (BST)- Bangladesh
April 17: Chennaiyin FC vs Manang Marshyangdi Club- 7:30 (BST)- India
April 30: Chennaiyin FC vs Dhaka Abahani- 7:30 (BST)- India
May 1: Minerva Punjab vs Manang Marshyangdi Club- 6:30 (BST)- India
May 15: Dhaka Abahani Ltd. vs Chennaiyin FC- 7:00 (BST)- Bangladesh
May 15: Manang Marshyangdi Club vs Minerva Punjab- 3:00 (BST)- Nepal
June 19: Dhaka Abahani Ltd. vs Manang Marshyangdi Club- 5:45 (BST)- Bangladesh
June 19: Minerva Punjab vs Chennaiyin FC- 6:30 (BST)- India
June 26: Minerva Punjab vs Dhaka Abahani Ltd.- TBC- India
June 26: Manang Marshyangdi Club vs Chennaiyin FC- TBC- Nepal
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.