Milan, Feb 17 (AP/UNB) — Krzysztof Piatek looks to be firing AC Milan back into the Champions League.
The Poland international scored twice as Milan came from behind to beat Atalanta 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday. Piatek has four goals from three league starts since joining Milan from Genoa in January for a reported 35 million euros ($40 million). He also scored two in the Italian Cup for the Rossoneri.
"I always believe in myself and I know that I can always score," Piatek said. "But I admit that six goals in five games is a great number, more than I expected."
Piatek has netted 17 times in Serie A, leaving him just two behind Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo on the goalscoring chart.
Milan remained in fourth place and the final Champions League qualifying berth, four points ahead of Atalanta as well as Roma and Lazio, which both have a game in hand.
The Rossoneri are also just one point behind crisis-hit city rival Inter Milan, which hosts Sampdoria on Sunday.
"This team is like a family," Piatek said. "When I arrived everyone was nice to me and I feel good here. I'm scoring and that's important. We work a lot during the week, and we're getting to know each other and our movement's better."
Piatek netted his first goal of the night on the stroke of halftime with an absolutely stunning side-footed volley to level. He didn't even need to look at the goalmouth as he got in front of a defender onto Ricardo Rodriguez's cross.
Atalanta took the lead 12 minutes earlier when Remo Freuler's shot squirmed under Gianluigi Donnarumma's hand and in off the inside of the far post.
Hakan Calhanoglu fired Milan in front 10 minutes after the break with his first goal of the season, and Piatek headed in a corner in the 61st.
Leonardo Pavoletti scored twice to help relegation-threatened Cagliari to its first victory of 2019.
Cagliari came from behind to beat Parma 2-1 and move six points clear of the relegation zone.
Juraj Kucka headed Parma in front five minutes from halftime but Pavoletti bundled in the equalizer in the 66th and headed in what proved to be the winner five minutes from halftime.
Cagliari midfielder Cagliari Joao Pedro was sent off late following two yellow cards in quick succession — the first for a foul on Kucka and the second for dissent immediately after the booking.
Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – Bangladesh will play Pakistan in one of the two opening day matches of the seven-nation SAFF Women’s Championship beginning on March 12 at the Sahid Rangashala in the Nepalese town of Biratnagar.
Hosts Nepal will face Bhutan in the opening match on March 12 at 11:30am local time at the venue. The Bangladesh-Pakistan match kicks off at 3.30pm.
Earlier, Bangladesh was drawn in four-team Group A with Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan while three-team Group B comprises India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will meet Bhutan on March 14 and hosts Nepal on March 16.
After the group matches, two top teams from each group will play in the semifinals with Group A champions taking on Group B runners-up and Group B champions playing against Group A runners up, both on March 20.
The final will be played on March 22. All the matches will be held in the same venue.
Feni, Feb 16 (UNB) – The 12-team Chattogram Divisional Gold Cup Football Tournament, organized by Chattogram Divisional Sports Association under the auspices of Feni District Sports Association kicked off on Sunday at Bhasha Shaheed Salam Stadium here.
Hosts Feni District will play Brahmanbaria District in the opening match at 3 pm.
Divisional Commissioner of Chattogram MA Mannan will formally inaugurate the meet in the afternoon. Eleven district teams of the division along with Chattogram University team will compete in the tournament.
Deputy of Commissioner of Feni and President of the Feni DSA M Wahiduzzaman disclosed these at a press conference at the Bhasha Shaheed Salam Stadium in Feni on Saturday.
General Secretary of Feni DSA Amir Hossain Bahar also spoke on the occasion.
The champions team will receive a prize money of Tk 1,00,000 while the runners-up team will get Tk 50,000. Moreover, all the 12 teams will get participating money.
Besides, the tournament committee will give man of the match award in every match in addition to the man of the tournament award.
Meanwhile, a grand rally headed by DC M Wahiduzzaman was brought out from in front of the Shaheed Minar in the town on Saturday.
Lyon, Feb 16 (AP/UNB)— Lyon warmed up for its Champions League meeting with Barcelona by beating Guingamp 2-1 on Friday to strengthen its hold on third place in the French league.
Goals from Martin Terrier and captain Nabil Fekir were enough for Lyon to move three points behind second-place Lille and six ahead of Saint-Etienne.
Terrier, who had earlier had a goal ruled out for offside, scored with a fine finish on the rebound after Houssem Aouar tried his luck from distance in the 15th minute.
Guingamp defender Felix Eboa Eboa equalizer minutes later, but Fekir restored the home side's lead in the 35th by controlling the ball on his chest and curling a shot inside the far post.
Aouar went close late on, before Lyon substitute Memphis Depay fired the ball across the face of goal.
Guingamp substitute Nolan Roux then saw his header crash off the crossbar in injury time.
Guingamp remains in last place, six points from safety.
Dijon, which holds the last place before the relegation zone for now, lost 2-0 earlier at Nimes, finishing the game with 10 players after Oussama Haddadi was sent off late with his second yellow card.
Lyon hosts Barcelona in their round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.
Turin, Feb 16 (AP/UNB) — Juventus warmed up for the Champions League round of 16 in the best possible way on Friday, easing to a 3-0 win over Frosinone to move 14 points clear at the top of Serie A.
The result was decided early after goals from Paulo Dybala and Leonardo Bonucci in the first 16 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo then added his league-best 19th goal as Juventus continued its seemingly unstoppable march to a record-extending eighth successive Serie A title.
"The team is growing from a physical point of view," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We struggled a bit after the winter break but now we're ready to face this important period of the season, both in the league and in the Champions League."
Second-place Napoli hosts Torino on Sunday.
Frosinone remained next to last in the standings, but only two points from safety in a tight bottom half of the table.
Juventus plays the first leg of the round of 16 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and Allegri was able to rest several players while also giving a run out to Bonucci and fellow defender Giorgio Chiellini, who were returning from injury.
Dybala had played just seven minutes in the past two matches but was included in the starting lineup and the Argentina international curled a shot into the top right corner from 20 yards in the sixth minute for his first league goal since Nov. 3.
"I'm happy for Paulo," Allegri said. "He had a great performance and a great goal. Forwards live for that.
"We need his work between the lines, all the more so this year that we're playing with two forwards other than him. That has limited him a bit maybe in scoring but not in his movements and his performances, he's still playing very well."
Juventus doubled its lead 10 minutes later when Bonucci bundled home the rebound after Frosinone goalkeeper Marco Sportiello made a great save of Mario Mandzukic's diving header.
Juventus then sat back and took until the 63 minute to extend its advantage as Mandzukic cut the ball back and Ronaldo fired it into the bottom right corner.
Ronaldo is Serie A's top scorer with 19 goals, three more than Atalanta's Duvan Zapata and Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella.