Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – Farashganj Sporting Club made a good start in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football beating Dhaka City FC Limited by a solitary goal in the opening match at the Bir Shreshtho Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Sunday.
Senior Vice-president of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Abdus Salam Murshedy, MP, inaugurated the league at a simple ceremony in the afternoon.
Arif Miah scored the match winner for the old Dhaka outfit in the 89th minute.
On Monday, Victoria Sporting Club will face Wari Club at 1:15 pm while Fakirerpool
Youngmen’s Club will meet Swadhinata KC at 3:15 pm in the day’s other fixture.
In the other first round matches on Tuesday, T&T Club, Motijheel will encounter Agrani Bank SC at 1:15 pm while Uttara Baridhara Club will play Soccer Club, Feni at 3:15 pm.
The 2nd round matches will begin on February 14 at the same venue.
Madrid, Feb 10 (AP/UNB) — Real Madrid is making it clear it's still in the fight for the Spanish league title.
With a convincing victory in the Madrid derby on Saturday, Real Madrid returned to second place in the Spanish league for the first time since September and moved within five points of leader Barcelona, which has a difficult away match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
"We reached our goal, which was to regain second place and move closer to the lead," Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said. "The league isn't over yet. There are many points still up for grabs. We will keep fighting until the end and we will keep trying to make things difficult for Barcelona."
In a derby marked by video review, Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 3-1 at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium with an overhead kick by Casemiro, a penalty kick converted by Ramos, and a second-half goal by Gareth Bale.
"You need to play a complete match to win here, and we did that," manager Santiago Solari said.
Antoine Griezmann scored for Atletico, which lost at home for the first time this season. Diego Simeone's team stayed six points off the lead.
Griezmann's goal was initially disallowed for offside but the VAR reversed the call. Video review also had to be used to confirm the penalty that led to Ramos' goal just before halftime, and to verify another offside call that disallowed a second-half equalizer by former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata. It was also used when Morata wanted a penalty call — not awarded — later in the game.
Atletico, coming off its first league loss since the third round, played a man down from the 80th minute after midfielder Thomas Partey was sent off for a second yellow card.
The city rivals drew their last four league matchups, and Real Madrid's last win against Atletico was nearly two years ago in the Champions League semifinals.
Casemiro opened the scoring with an overhead kick after Atletico's defense could not fully clear a corner kick.
Griezmann equalized less than 10 minutes later by sending a shot underneath goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. It took a while for the video review to reverse the offside call that initially disallowed the goal, keeping a record crowd of more than 67,752 at the Metropolitano from being able to celebrate.
Vinicius Junior made a great run down the left side and was brought down from behind by Jose Maria Gimenez just inside the area. Ramos converted the 42nd-minute penalty.
Madrid sealed its fifth straight league win with Bale's low shot from a pass by Luka Modric in the 74th. Bale, who replaced Vinicius Junior earlier in the second half, appeared to provoke the Atletico crowd during his celebration near the sideline.
Courtois, who used to play for Atletico, was loudly jeered from the start. Atletico fans threw stuffed rats toward the goalkeeper from behind one of the goals.
GETAFE NEAR THE TOP
Ten-man Getafe defeated Celta Vigo 3-1 at home to lift the southern Madrid club into fifth place, one point behind Sevilla.
Getafe conceded two minutes into the match but rebounded despite playing a man down from the 37th because of a red card to forward Maxi Gomez. All three Getafe goals came after the red card.
Celta stayed 16th in the 20-team standings.
Espanyol defeated Rayo Vallecano 2-1 at home with a winner by Sergi Darder five minutes into stoppage time, ending a four-game winless streak in the league.
The result kept Rayo in the relegation zone, one point from safety.
Girona, the first team outside the relegation zone, had its winless streak extended to 13 matches in all competitions after losing at home to last-placed Huesca 2-0.
Paris, Feb 10 (AP/UNB) — Facing a rampant Manchester United side in the Champions League was already a tough enough prospect for Paris Saint-Germain.
Tuesday night's match in chilly northwest England now looks a daunting one amid an ongoing injury crisis.
PSG will be without the world's most expensive player Neymar and possibly 192-goal, all-time club leading scorer Edinson Cavani against a revitalized United side unbeaten under its new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Furthermore, PSG will go to United with doubts over whether key midfielder Marco Verratti should start the game, having played barely one hour on Saturday in a 1-0 win against Bordeaux after recovering from a sprained ankle.
"It's very difficult to play when you've been injured like Marco," PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. "I don't know if it's possible for him to play again at Old Trafford in three days' time. In our situation, it might be necessary."
Tuchel spoke with an air of resignation after a dull encounter in which PSG extended its lead in the French league to 13 points over second-place Lille.
"If your key players are not there, obviously it makes a difference. If Edinson is not in Manchester, then it is a big deal," Tuchel said. "There has been too much bad luck; these are players of great quality."
Cavani limped off with a thigh problem caused when he scored from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute, blasting the ball powerfully with his right foot. Moments later, he walked off before the halftime whistle was blown.
Tuchel was concerned whether Cavani will recover for the first leg of the last 16 against United.
"I don't have any good news. We need to wait. I honestly don't know (if Cavani will play)," Tuchel earlier told broadcaster Canal Plus. "Yes, it's worrying. It's not a good sign. We don't have another Edi (Cavani), we don't have another Neymar."
PSG is already without Neymar — who cost PSG 222 million euros ($252 million) when he joined from Barcelona — for the next two months.
Verratti started against Bordeaux but looked rusty, with several passes going astray. Tuchel needs Verratti against a United midfield featuring the in-form Paul Pogba , but the 58 minutes he played may not have been enough to restore his sharpness and rhythm.
Strasbourg missed the chance to move from seventh to fifth place after losing at home to Angers 2-1, with 20-year-old striker Wilfried Kanga grabbing his first two goals in the top flight.
Amiens beat Caen 1-0 thanks to a goal from striker Moussa Konate and moved out of the relegation zone, while Caen dropped to 18th.
This weekend, Argentine striker Emiliano Sala is being honored with a minute of applause in the top two leagues in France. The crowd at PSG's Parc des Princes chanted the name of the Nantes player at the start of the game.
Nantes plans to retire the No. 9 jersey in memory of Sala , who died at the age of 28 last month.
Sala was flying to Wales to start his career with Premier League side Cardiff when his plane disappeared over the English Channel. The wreckage was found last Sunday and a body recovered was confirmed as Sala's on Thursday.
Nantes fans will pay their tributes to Sala in Sunday's home game against Nimes, where players will swap their traditional yellow home jerseys for black ones with Sala's name on.
Dhaka, Feb 9 (UNB) – Star-studded Bashundhara Kings maintained their all-win record in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football beating Muktijoddha Sangsad KC by 3-1 goals in the 5th round match at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj on Saturday.
Shushanto Tripura put the Kings ahead in the 9th minute (1-0) while Younoussa Camara neutralised the margin for the freedom fighters’ team, Muktijoddha, in the 19th minute (1-1).
Forward Motin Miah and World Cup-playing Costa Rica booter Daniel Colindres scored two more goals in the 71st and 75th minute enabling Bashundhara Kings to a comfortable victory (3-1).
With the well-merited victory, big-budgeted Kings shared the top slot in the league table with Dhaka Abahani Limited securing 12 points from straight four matches while holders Dhaka Abahani Limited also bagged 12 points from five matches, playing one match more than the Kings.
In the day’s other match, Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society played 2-2 draw with lowly NoFel Sporting Club in the 5th round match of the league at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday.
Siyo Zunapio scored first for Rahmatganj MFS in the 25th minute (1-0) while Monday Osagie doubled the margin in the 31st minute (2-0).
Mohammad Roman pulled the NoFel SC margin one back in in the 51st minute (2-1) while Ismail Bangoura levelled the margin in the 62nd minute from a penalty (2-2).
Earlier, newcomers NoFel SC were reduced to 10 men in the 60th minute as their Sohel got marching order after receiving red card.
Dhaka, Feb 9 (UNB) - Robi United earned a facile 3-1 goals victory over Finance-EB Stallion in the opening match of mobile phone operator Robi’s Inter-Division Football Tournament held at Fortis Sports Ground in the city on Friday.
Former captain of the national football team Mamunul Islam Mamun and Managing Director and CEO of Robi Mahtab Uddin Ahmed were present in the inauguration ceremony.
In the day’s other match, MO Heroes beat Spike-1 by 1-0 goal.