Dhaka, Apr 12 (UNB) – Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club forced Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra to play 1-1 draw in their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football match at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj on Friday.
Nigerian recruit Kingsley Chigozie scored the equaliser for Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club from a penalty kick during the stoppage time after Ballo Famoussa took Muktijoddha ahead scoring a goal in the 69th minute.
After a goalless first half, Muktijoddha SKC booters were desperately seeking chances to score. They continued their attack and finally got the success in the 69th minute when Ivory Coast recruit attacking midfielder Famoussa netted the goal for them.
However, Mohammedan were awarded a penalty in the stoppage time and Kingsley Chigozie converted the kick correctly to equalise the score.
With this feat, Famoussa (8) climbed the top of the scorer list along with Dhaka Abahani’s Nigeria recruit Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu, followed by another Dhaka Abahani forward Mohammad Nabib Newaj Jibon (7).
Sixth-placed Muktijoddha SKC have now 15 points, two points ahead of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. On the other hand, bottom-placed Mohammedan with 6 points remained in the 11th spot with seven losses in 11 matches.
Dhaka, Apr 12 (UNB) - Chittagong Abahani Ltd thrashed NoFeL Sporting Club by 3-0 goals in their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football match at Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali on Friday.
Chittagong Abahani finally got a win after five BPL matches. With the third victory in 11 matches, Chittagong Abahani have now 14 points, one point ahead of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club.
On the other hand, NoFeL, which faced sixth defeat in the ongoing league, remained in the 10th spot with 8 points.
Chittagong Abahani got an early 1-0 lead when right midfielder Naimur Rahman Shahed netted the first goal from a direct free kick in the 2nd minute.
They continued their domination with an attacking strategy and got another success in the 23rd minute. This time, Nigerian recruit left midfielder Magalan Ugochukwu Awala doubled the margin for his side. NoFeL tried to stage a comeback until the referee whistled for the half time.
With the 2-0 lead, Chittagong Abahani carefully started their second half while NoFeL continued their attacks.
The sky-blue outfit of Chittagong took three substitutes replacing Gambian recruit forward Mamadou Bah by midfielder Monaem Raju Khan, forward Sohel Khan by defender Kasto Kumar Bosh and midfielder Naimur Rahman Shahed by Monsur Amin.
On the other hand, NoFeL replaced midfielder Khandokar Ashraful Islam by another midfielder Robiul Hasan in the second half. Despite showing good efforts, NoFeL booters failed to score.
Instead, Chittagong Abahani got another success when Magalan Ugochukwu Awala scored his second goal in the stoppage time to win the match 3-0.
Dhaka, April 11 (UNB) – Uttar Baridhara Club earned a facile 4-2 goals victory over Soccer Club, Feni in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at Kamalapur Stadium here on Thursday.
The match was locked in 1-1 goals in the first half.
Sumon, Shahidul, Samir and Arif scored one each for the winners while Shafiqul and Shawon netted for the losers.
The day’s other match between Agrani Bank Club and T&T Club Motijheel ended in a goalless draw at the same venue.
Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) - League leader Bashundhara Kings maintained their unbeaten record as the only team in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Football League beating 4th placed Saif Sporting Club by 3-2 goals in the 12th round match at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari on Thursday.
In the day’s other league match, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra beat mediocre Rahmatganj MKS by 2-0 goals at Bangabadhu National Stadium (BNS) here.
With the feat, Bashundhara Kings clearly dominated the league table securing 31 points from 11 matches while Sk Russel KC are on the 3rd place with 24 points.
Saif FC, who conceded their 3rd defeat in the ongoing league, remained at the 4th slot with 20 points while Rahmatganj MFS remained at the 9th place with their previous credit of 9 points.
In Nilphamari, Saif SC took lead in the very 3rd minute of the match by a goal scored by Colombian recruit Deiner Cordoba (1-0).
Bashundhara Kings continued their attacks and finally got the success in the 31st minute when their Brazilian recruit Marcos Vinicius levelled the margin off a Motin Miah pass (1-1).
In the 43rd minute, Costa Rica recruit and world playing Daniel Colindres doubled the Kings margin, assisted by Marcos Vinicius (2-1).
In the stoppage time of the first half, Kyrgyzstan recruit Bakhtiyar-Duyshobekov netted the 3rd goal for Bashundhara Kings (3-1).
After the half time, Saif FC fought hard to stage a comeback in the match. Local booter Riyadul Hosan Rafi scored 2nd goal for Saif FC (3-2) in the 56th minute (3-2).
The fourth-placed Saif SC continued their attacks in the rest of period but failed to score any goal and finally, the Bashundhara Kings won the game by 3-2 goals.
At BNS, Sheikh Russel were very desperate for a win against lowly Rahmatganj MFA after their one defeat and a draw in the previous two matches.
In the 4th minute of the match, local booter Mohammad Sohel put Sheikh Russel KC ahead (1-0).
Sheikh Russel KC continued their domination and doubled the score in the first half as their Nigeria recruit Raphael Odovin Onwrebe scored the 2nd goal in the 17th minute utilising a Uzbekistan recruit Azizov Alisher’s pass (2-0).
Despite showing some good efforts, Rahmatganj could not find any success and the match ended by 2-0 goals.
Manchester, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Lionel Messi first felt the thud of Chris Smalling's shoulder into his back. Then the Manchester United defender's flailing right arm swiped across Messi's face, and blood poured from the Barcelona forward's nose.
Already trailing against a dominating Barcelona side, United had to resort to physicality after 30 minutes to try to thwart the five-time European champions on Wednesday.
It helped prevent any further damage to the scoreline, as Barcelona won the first leg of their quarterfinal 1-0 after United defender Luke Shaw unwittingly helped Luis Suarez's header into the net in the 12th minute.
An equalizer never looked likely, though, with United failing to register a shot on goal in a Champions League game at Old Trafford for the first time since 2005.
Barcelona's goal — initially flagged for offside before being awarded via a video review — came during an exhilarating spell when the visitors' possession exceeded 80 percent.
"It was a great header from Luis," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "He was fighting for every cause. He was getting stuck into the defenders, trying to work really hard."
But as Barcelona became sloppy and error-strewn, the early passing rhythm faded.
"We lost the ball in our own half a few times too often," Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo said. "But shutting down those errors gave us this big victory."
While the Spanish champions ended a six-game winless run on the road in European knockout games stretching back to 2016, this quarterfinal is very much still in play heading into the second leg on Tuesday.
So is the quarterfinal between Juventus and Ajax after the sides drew 1-1 in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
United only fleetingly imposed itself on Barcelona, but did so with force when Smalling escaped punishment for the foul which left Messi needing to clean up the blood on the touchline.
"This was a tough, complicated contest," Valverde said. "We dominated in spells but their pressure was high and difficult to break."
The closest Messi came to his first goal at Old Trafford was in the 83rd minute when the sting was taken out of a low free kick and it was easily gathered by David de Gea.
The United goalkeeper also denied Philippe Coutinho a chance to double Barcelona's lead in the first half when his left leg kept out the shot.
De Gea was also equal to Jordi Alba's strike in the second half to limit the damage.
United already came back from a heavier first-leg deficit to reach this stage, losing 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 before winning 3-1 in the French capital last month to help Solskjaer secure the manager's job on a three-year contract.
"The PSG performance away gives us hope and belief we can do it," Solskjaer said after United's fourth loss in five games in all competitions. "But we know we are playing against probably the favorites in the tournament."
In that first leg against PSG, United only managed one shot on target. Against Barcelona, the three-time European champions couldn't even hit the target once — the first time that has happened for them in the Champions League since 2005.
"For large spells we made it difficult for them but unfortunately we couldn't get the goal because we created a lot of good chances," Smalling said. "We had a little spell in the first half where we went after them but then we started to look a little bit nervy.
"I think from halftime we got at them, really pressed them and to be honest we caused them so many problems."
But now United will have to be the first team to win at Barcelona in 30 matches stretching back to 2013 if it is to advance to the semifinals.
The teams will have contrasting preparations for the second leg when Shaw will be suspended after being booked for tugging at Messi.
Barcelona on Saturday heads to Huesca holding an 11-point lead at the top of the Spanish league, but Manchester United hosts West Ham in the Premier League trying to climb up from sixth place to the four Champions League qualification places.