Barcelona, Apr 16 (AP/UNB) — Real Madrid needed Karim Benzema to salvage a 1-1 draw at Spanish league minnow Leganes on Monday.
Benzema again proved a bright spot in a disappointing season for his club, scoring his fifth goal in four matches to cancel out an opener by right back Jonathan Silva.
The France striker also snatched recent wins for Madrid with late goals against Huesca and Eibar.
Madrid remains third in the standings, 13 points adrift of Barcelona, which is on course to retain its title with six games left and a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid.
Coach Zinedine Zidane already said Madrid had little to play for this season, adding over the weekend that his squad was set to be culled at the end of the campaign.
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas, whose future has been in doubt since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois last year, said on Monday that the players had more to play for than just trophies.
"We have our pride and our love for this shirt, which is worth more than any title," Navas said. "It has been a complicated season for everyone.
"We have gone out there to win games, but they have gotten away from us. It is difficult to explain. We are all sad for the situation."
Other than a shot by Marco Asensio saved by goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar, Leganes had little trouble keeping in check Madrid's attack in the first half.
The hosts went ahead just before halftime when Martin Braithwaite won the ball in a crowded area and passed to Silva, who curled a shot around Navas into the corner of the net from the edge of the penalty box.
A flash of skill from Luka Modric then set up the equalizer in the 51st minute.
The Ballon d'Or winner turned quickly before slipping a pass through the defense to Benzema. His first strike was blocked by Cuellar, but the France forward pounced on the rebound and fired it home.
It was Benzema's team-leading 27th goal in all competitions this season.
His increasing status since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of last season is in stark contrast to the fall from grace of Gareth Bale.
Bale played only the last 10 minutes against Leganes and, after falling out with the fans this season, he could be one of the stars the club will look to move on.
"I didn't like our first half, but I think our second half was better," Zidane said. "At the end we managed to draw, but we could have played much better. That is for sure. The sensation is not good."
Dhaka, April 15 (UNB) – Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club earned 1-0 goal victory over Agrani Bank Club in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Monday.
Khankar scored the match-winner for Fakirerpool in the 76th minute.
The day’s other match between Wari Club and Farashganj SC ended in a goalless draw at the same venue.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) – Star-studded Bashundhara Kings dominated the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football as the lone unbeaten team securing 31 points from 11 matches with 10 wins and one draw after the 12th round matches till Saturday.
Defending champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd followed the leaders neck and neck collecting 30 points from 12 matches with 10 wins and two defeats.
Sheikh Russel KC, Saif SC and Arambagh KC were in the 3rd, 4th and 5th slot respectively.
Sheikh Russel KC have 24 points from 11 matches with 7 wins, three draws and one defeat, Saif FC earned 20 points with six wins, two draws and three losses, one point ahead of Arambagh KS (19). Arambagh have won six matches, drew 1 and lost 4.
The two bottom-placed teams -- Brothers Union and Team BJMC -- will face relegation.
The 13th and last round matches of BPL will begin on April 18 after a break of four days for Bangla New Year and AFC Cup match in Dhaka.
NoFeL SC will face Sheikh Jamal DC in Noakhali while Bashundhara Kings will take on Chittagong Abahani in Nilphamari on April 18.
On April 19, Muktijoddha SKC will play Saif SC in Gopalganj while Rahmatgonj MFS to face Dhaka Mohammedan in Dhaka.
Team BJMC will face Sheikh Russel KC in Noakhali while Arambagh KC will take on Brothers Union in Mymensingh on April 20.
BPL points table after the round-12 (Tabulated under match played, win, draw, loss, goal for, goal against and Points)
Teams M W D loss GF/GA Points
Bashundhara Kings 11 10 1 0 23/6 31
Dhaka Abahani 12 10 0 2 28/12 30
Sheikh Russel KC 11 7 3 1 15/4 24
Saif SC 11 6 2 3 15/11 20
Arambagh KS 11 6 1 4 16/12 19
Muktijoddha SKC 11 4 3 4 15/11 15
Chittagong Abahani 11 3 5 3 8/8 14
Sheikh Jamal DC 11 3 4 4 11/14 13
Rahmatgonj MFS 11 1 6 4 11/18 9
NoFeL SC 11 2 2 7 6/15 8
Dhaka Mohammedan 11 1 3 7 7/21 6
Brothers Union 11 1 2 8 6/20 5
Team BJMC 11 0 4 7 2/11 4
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB)- Last season’s I-League champions Minerva Punjab arrived in Bangladesh on Sunday to play AFC Cup 2019 match.
They will play their group E game against Dhaka Abahani Ltd on Wednesday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. The match will kick-off at 5:45pm (BdST).
Abahani defeated Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi Club by 1-0 in the group E opener at ANFA Complex in Kathmandu on April 3. On the same day, Minerva played goalless draw with compatriots Chennaiyin FC at The Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Madrid, Apr 15 (AP/UNB) — Zinedine Zidane says that Real Madrid is set for changes this summer after a disappointing season.
"All my players are important and good, but we are going to make changes," the Madrid coach said Sunday. "Here there are many players that can bring in cash for the club."
Madrid is enduring one of its worst seasons in recent memory. It was eliminated from the Champions League in the Round of 16, failed to reach the Copa del Rey final, and fell out of contention with leader Barcelona in the Spanish league by midseason.
Zidane stepped down at the end of last campaign but returned with the team in trouble last month. Madrid has won three and lost one since its former player has been in charge.
Third-placed Madrid plays Leganes on Monday.
Spanish media links Madrid to interest in Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and Paris Saint-Germain forwards Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Gareth Bale is among the Madrid players to have struggled this season and fallen out with fans. Marcelo, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos have also had particularly poor campaigns.
"The changes will be made known at the end of the season," Zidane said. "We will see what changes we make and which players we will change."