Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) – Two hosts -- Khagrachhari and Gopalganj districts -- emerged zonal champions to reach the final round of the BFF-UNICEF U-16 National Women’s Football Championship’2019 eliminating their rivals at different zonal venues on Sunday.
Hosts Khagrachhari District clinched the zonal title beating Rangamati District by 1-0 goals in the regional final at Khagrachhari District Stadium Sunday afternoon with Tupu Marma scoring the match-winner in the 10th minute.
In the day’s another match at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Football Stadium in Gopalganj, hosts Gopalganj outplayed Bagerhat District by 5-0 goals in the regional final.
Ishita hit a hat-trick scoring three goals while Pranti netted the remaining two goals.
In the day’s another match, Mymensingh District crushed Jamalpur District by 6-0 goals at the Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh.
Poly made a hat-trick scoring four goals while Prity netted two goals.
Dhaka, Jun 23 (UNB)- A 32-member Dhaka Abahani Limited football team reached Guwahati on Sunday to play their last Group E match against India’s Minerva Punjab scheduled for June 26 at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati at 4:30 pm (BST).
The Dhanmondi based outfit left Dhaka on Sunday morning without their key booter Sunday Chizoba, who is again facing Indian visa complications.
Abahani Team Manager Satyajit Das Rupu said on Sunday that Sunday Chizoba is again facing visa complications for his Nigerian passport.
“We have reached Guwahati on Sunday afternoon. But, Sunday haven’t joined us. He is again facing Indian visa complications,” he said.
While asked about his participation in the last Group match, Rupu replied, “We are still working on the issue. We can confirm you tomorrow.”
Abahani have now reached the summit of 4-team group with 10 points from five matches with three wins, one draw and one loss while Channaiyin FC have secured 8 points from five matches with two wins, one loss and two draws.
Minerva Punjab have earned five points from their five matches with 5 consecutive draws and ManangMarshyangdi remained at the bottom-placed with their previous credit of just 2 points from five encounters with two draws and three defeats.
In their last match, six-time Bangladesh Professional Football League champions Dhaka Abahani Limited crushed Nepalese champions ManangMarshyangdi Club by 5-0 goals in their home match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on June 19.
Local star Nabib NewazZiban, Haitian forward Kervens Belfort, midfielder Jewel Rana, Nigerian Sunday Chizoba and midfielder Mamunul Islam Mamun scored one goal each for hosts Dhaka Abahani.
In day’s match, Sunday missed several chances to convert a goal within the opening minute of the game.
The Nigerian forward finally got the success in the 75th minute and netted his second goal of the AFC Cup for Dhaka Abahani Limited.
However, Sunday further consolidated his position in the scorer list of the ongoing BPL scoring 14 goals while his teammate NabibNewazZiban followed him with 11 goals.
In another match, Manang Marshyangdi will host Chennaiyin FC at ANFA Complex in Kathmandu on June 26.
Brazil, June 23 (AP/UNB) — Copa America guest teams Japan and Qatar are still in contention as the last round of group stage matches begins, and some of their South American opponents aren't too pleased.
Qatar and Japan, who met in the Asian Cup final in February, are in third place in their groups. The top two in each of the three groups qualifies for the quarterfinals but only the two best third-place finishers advance.
If winless Argentina is prematurely eliminated, Group B rival Qatar could be responsible after being given entry to the Copa America to help preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
Asian champion Qatar has so far drawn with Paraguay 2-2 and lost to Colombia 1-0.
"We have come to compete, not to take pictures, even if we admire the players of the teams we are facing," Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said on Saturday. "Our main goal is to evaluate ourselves in a tournament of this caliber, so demanding."
Sanchez's team on Sunday has the chance to upset Lionel Messi's Argentina, which has only one point from two games.
"It would be beautiful to qualify no matter if it is against a monster like Argentina," said Sanchez, whose contract was extended until 2022 after winning the Asian Cup. "It will be a great step, even though we know they are also trying to advance to the next stage."
The Qataris have already been invited to return to next year's Copa, which is being hosted by Colombia and Argentina. Australia will be another guest side.
Japan has brought an under-23 team to Brazil that is being groomed for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Japan was thrashed by Chile 4-0 but held favorite Uruguay to 2-2 after leading twice. On Monday the young Japanese can eliminate Ecuador to advance and, depending on other results, possibly face host Brazil in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel is particularly upset with Japan's decision to bring its Olympic team.
"I do not agree that a guest like Japan gives due importance to its participation by coming with players that are mostly under 23," Dudamel said Saturday after Venezuela beat Bolivia 3-1 and qualified to the quarterfinals of Copa America.
"I raise my voice and say Copa America needs to be only for South American teams," he added. "We have not seen South American teams be invited to the African Cup of Nations, tournaments in Europe... We have to respect the hierarchy that we have historically built."
There is nothing unusual about guest teams being invited to the Copa America.
Mexico, Costa Rica, United States, Jamaica, Honduras, Panama, Canada and Japan have all contested past editions. Mexico had the best result among those, reaching the final in 1993 and in 2001.
Still, Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo said he doesn't like the idea of teams outside of the Americas being given slots.
"Playing among all American teams, that is logic," Berizzo said after drawing Qatar. "We should think of a Copa America with Central and North Americas integrated. I never saw any European cup with South American teams. I strongly believe that Copa America needs to be played by American teams."
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said business was the main reason to invite teams to the Copa America.
"We are few countries in South America to organize a tournament with 10 teams, even more so with four phases like in a World Cup," Tabarez said.
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) - Fifa has "major decisions to make" on video assistant referees after the Women's World Cup, says England manager Phil Neville, reports BBC.
After dominating the group stages, VAR controversy continued to take centre stage in Germany's last-16 victory over Nigeria and Norway's penalty shootout win against Australia on Saturday.
Manchester United Women manager Casey Stoney said VAR is "ruining the game".
"We probably have to take stock of where football is going," said Neville.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he added: "It's still got to be real, it's still got to be fair for every player on that pitch and the supporters watching as well.
"I think Fifa have got major decisions to make after the World Cup and they will probably think they should have maybe done some things a little bit different, that's the disappointment.
"But it's probably a conversation for after the World Cup, when we look back at think 'that worked' and 'that didn't work'."
While VAR was used during Norway's win over Australia, it was not needed during the decisive penalty shootout.
No controversial VAR decisions were made during the Lionesses' group matches against Scotland, Argentina or Japan.
Neville added "I think VAR is a fantastic thing, we have to support the rules and the regulations that we've been told to adhere to, and that is all I've said to my players.
"You can like it, you can hate it, but ultimately the rules are the rules and we've just got to stick by them."
'Referees using VAR as a comfort blanket'
In Germany's win over Nigeria, the former two-time world champions were awarded a penalty and, while the decision might have been correct, many queried why there was any need to use technology for what they saw as an obvious foul by Evelyn Nwabuoku on Lina Magull.
"The referees are using it as a comfort blanket," former England defender Laura Bassett said on BBC Two.
"We were at the other end of the pitch and it was clear to us it was reckless and obviously a penalty. It is not good enough. That is not what VAR is there for. It is not the game we all love."
Her views were echoed by Stoney, who added VAR "hasn't worked in this tournament".
"The referee has to see this. If you are in a good position, you can see that is a penalty. You should not need to go to VAR for that to be given and waste even more time. I'm questioning the ability of the officials in this tournament," Stoney said.
"Where are these referees doing their job week in, week out? It needs to be the best person for the job to give these players an opportunity to play their football. I want to talk about the football, not the VAR decisions."
Germany's Sara Dabritz converted from the spot, that goal coming seven minutes after Alexandra Popp's opener was allowed to stand by referee Yoshimi Yamashita despite Svenja Huth appearing to interfere with play while in an offside position.
The decision sent Stoney - and social media - into a frenzy as the former England centre-back questioned how the referee could allow the goal to stand.
"I think it is poor refereeing. It's the interpretation," said Stoney. "Anything that is interfering is offside. We had another stop of over two minutes and we still didn't get the right decision."
In Saturday's second last-16 tie, there was an even longer stoppage in play as the referee consulted numerous replays of a handball decision against Norway's Maria Thorisdottir, for which she initially awarded a penalty to Australia.
Eventually, with Matildas' striker Sam Kerr waiting patiently at the penalty spot, the decision was overturned, with the official deciding the ball had hit Thorisdottir's chest.
'They are ruining the art of defending'
The decision to allow Popp's goal in the first game isn't the first time the interpretation of offside has been questioned at this World Cup.
There was controversy in Australia's thrilling 3-2 win over Brazil when defender Monica's unfortunate own goal was eventually awarded by VAR, with an offside Kerr controversially judged not to have been interfering.
The same debate arose after the USA's win over Sweden as substitute Carli Lloyd was offside in the build-up to another deflected own goal - again, allowed to stand.
Stoney, who said she "genuinely can't understand what is happening in this tournament", was critical of both goals, and Bassett added that VAR was "ruining the art of defending".
Australia 3-2 Brazil
Stoney: "This is offside. In terms of at the point of contact, she is offside but the defender has to play the ball. It interferes with the defender's decision-making."
Sweden 0-2 USA
Stoney: "It's infuriating for me as a centre-back and it was exactly the same in the USA game. The run and the action of the attacker is affecting the decision making of the defender because she has to play the ball, therefore, she is offside."
Germany 3-0 Nigeria
Stoney: "How can she not be interfering when she is stood, offside, two yards in front of the goalkeeper, blocking her vision? It has to be offside!"
São Paulo, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) — The Copa America has finally started for host Brazil.
After two lackluster performances that drew jeers from the home fans and added pressure on coach Tite, Brazil got it going on Saturday in thrashing Peru 5-0 to make the quarterfinals.
Casemiro, Roberto Firmino and Everton scored in the first half, and Dani Alves and Willian in the second to keep the hosts on track for their first Copa title since 2007.
"The team played a great match," Tite said. "We created the chances and this time we were precise in front of the goal. We were more efficient."
The rout could have been bigger had forward Gabriel Jesus not missed a penalty kick in stoppage time.
Brazil finished first in Group A with seven points, two more than second-placed Venezuela, which also advanced after beating Bolivia 3-1 in Belo Horizonte.
Peru stayed with four points but can still advance as one of the two best third-place finishers in all three groups.
With a changed team led by youngster Everton, Brazil finally played well after opening with disappointing performances against Bolivia and Venezuela.
Fans had been wanting to see Everton more often and Tite finally started him. He and Gabriel Jesus replaced David Neres and Richarlison.
Everton played in the same position as Neymar, who was dropped from Brazil's squad just before the tournament because of an ankle injury. Everton was a constant threat, using his quickness and nifty dribbles to open up the Peruvian defense and ignite the crowd of more than 45,000 at Arena Corinthians.
"I was ready from the moment I was told that I was going to start," Everton said. "We played a great match. We created a lot of chances just like in the other matches, but this time we also scored."
With Tite's changes working to perfection, it didn't take long before Brazil opened the scoring.
After a corner kick taken by Philippe Coutinho in the 12th minute, Thiago Silva deflected the ball toward the goalmouth and it hit the far post before Casemiro came in to find the net with a header from close range.
Brazil added to the lead seven minutes later after a blunder by Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, whose pass from the area was blocked by Firmino in front of the goal. The ball ricocheted off the striker, going over Gallese and hitting the post. Firmino was by himself to pick up the rebound, controlling the ball with his chest before clearing Gallese and finding the open net.
The third goal came in the 32nd with Everton, who cleared two defenders by cutting back toward the middle before firing a low shot by the near post. He also scored in the opening 3-0 win over Bolivia after coming off the bench.
Alves got his goal early in the second half from inside the area after a pass by Firmino, and Willian closed the scoring with a shot from outside the box.. A few minutes later, Gabriel Jesus had his shot from the penalty spot saved by Gallese.
"It's a result that hurts a lot," Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. "There is not much to analyze right now. They were better than us, they won easily."
Peru eliminated Brazil with a 1-0 win in the final match of their group in the 2016 Copa America, handing the Selecao its first group-stage elimination in the tournament since 1987. That was Brazil's only loss to Peru in the last 19 matches between them.
An eight-time Copa America champion, Brazil has won the tournament all four previous times it hosted the event, the last time in 1989.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino was among those in attendance.