Paris, May 12 (AP/UNB) — Playing likely his final match this season in the French league, Neymar scored and delivered an assist as Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers 2-1 Saturday to shake off its season-end slump.
Neymar put PSG ahead with a diving header in the first half and then set up Angel Di Maria's goal in the 58th minute. Flavien Tait pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot two minutes from time after PSG defender Marquinhos was sent off for grasping forward Wilfried Kanga round the waist.
Neymar was this week given a three-game ban — which starts Monday — for lashing out at a fan following a loss to Rennes on penalties in the French Cup final. The French soccer federation's disciplinary commission added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.
PSG and Neymar have announced they will appeal the ban, which rules him out of his team's last two games this season. The Brazil forward will also miss the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on Aug. 3 if PSG's appeal is unsuccessful.
Already crowned champion, PSG had managed just one win in its last seven games in all competitions ahead of Saturday's trip to western France, and had failed to win its last three matches.
Under a bright sun, Thomas Tuchel's team did not impress but the result came as a relief.
"We did not play well these past few weeks, it was important to win," Di Maria said through a translator. "The mindset was better too."
PSG dominated possession early on but only managed to create half-chances at a pedestrian pace.
Angers was more inspired and had an excellent chance to break the deadlock in the 16th minute when Stephane Bahoken found some space between two defenders to connect with a cross from Tait. Alone in front of PSG 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon, Bahoken timed his shot well but the former Italy international made a superb reflex save.
Against the run of play, PSG took the lead four minutes later after Angers players gave the ball away and failed to track back. PSG launched a quick attack and Dani Alves' chipped cross inside the box found Neymar, who scored his 34th league goal with a fine header.
Neymar turned provider near the hour mark following a series of dribbles down the left. The former Barcelona player then crossed the ball back to the unmarked Di Maria, who headed it home.
Behind PSG, Lille has already likely secured an automatic place in next season's Champions League. The northern side has a six-point lead over third-place Lyon ahead of Sunday's home match against Bordeaux. Lyon travels to Marseille.
Monaco Loses Again
With a 1-0 loss at Nimes, 17th-place Monaco slumped to its third league defeat in four matches.
With two rounds left, the 2017 champions remain level on points with 18th-place Caen in the fight for safety. A playoff between the club which finishes 18th and the team ending third in the second division is held at the end of the season.
Caen beat Reims 3-2 and has a two-point lead over Dijon. Last-place Guingamp is six points further back ahead of Sunday's trip to Rennes.
Winless since mid-March, Monaco hosts Amiens and then faces a trip to Riviera rival Nice in its last game.
Renaud Ripart scored the winner for Nimes.
Amiens and Toulouse drew 0-0, Dijon beat Strasbourg 2-1, and Nice and Nantes finished 1-1.
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) - Bangladesh National Football team will leave Dhaka for Thailand on May 24 to play two friendly matches against two Thai Premier League clubs ahead of their Laos test.
Bangladesh will play the matches as part of their preparations for the two pre-qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar’2022 and for the AFC Asian Cup matches against Laos.
Bangladesh will play two preparatory matches with Thai premier League clubs -- Air Force United FC on May 28 and BG Pathum United FC on June 1.
Bangladesh will face Laos in the AFC Asian Cup on home and away basis matches. The first leg will be held in the Laos capital Vientiane on June 6 while the 2nd leg is scheduled to be held in Dhaka on June 11.
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) - Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will celebrate the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s Grassroots Football Day on May 15 with the participation of Under-12 Boys and Under-13 Girls at the BFF artificial turf in Motijheel here.
The BFF will celebrate the day aiming to develop football at the grassroots level and as well as to encourage everyone to play football.
Interested budding footballers have been asked to reports at the BFF artificial turf at 8:30am on May 15 to participate in the event.
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB)- Chennaiyin FC of India will arrive Dhaka on Sunday evening to play their Group E away match of the AFC Cup’2019 against Bangladesh Professional Football League champions Dhaka Abahani Limited.
The match will kick-off at 7 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday (May 15).
Earlier, a suicidal goal by Brazilian defender Wellington Priori forced the six-time Bangladesh Professional Football league champions Dhaka Abahani Limited to concede a 0-1 defeat against former Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC in their 3rd Group E match of the ongoing AFC Cup’2019 at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 30.
With this maiden defeat in 3rd Group E encounter, Dhaka Anahani went to the 2nd slot in the four-team group securing four points from three matches with one win, one draw and one loss while Channaiyin FC comfortably dominated the group with unbeaten run securing seven points from three matches with two win and draw.
Dhaka Anahani started their AFC Cup campaign beating Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi Club by 1-0 goal in their first match in Kathmandu on April 3, but played to 2-2 draw with Minerva Punjab of India in Dhaka on April 17.
On the other hand, former Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC drew with their compatriots Minerva Punjab in the group opener on April 3 and defeated Manang Marshyangdi of Nepal by 2-0 goals on April 17 at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Standings of the Group E of the AFC Cup 2019: (Tabulating under match played, win, draw, loss, goal for/goal against and points)
Teams MP W D L GF GA P
Chennaiyin FC (IND) 3 2 1 0 3 0 7
Abahani Limited Dhaka (BAN) 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Minerva Punjab (IND) 3 0 3 0 4 4 3
Manang Marshyangdi Club (NEP) 3 0 1 2 2 5 1
Vishakhapatnam, May 11 (AP/UNB) — Half centuries by Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson led Chennai Super Kings to their eighth Indian Premier League final with a convincing six-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals on Friday.
Du Plessis and Watson both scored 50 runs each as Chennai romped to 151-4 in 19 overs. Delhi had earlier struggled to reach 147-9 after Chennai skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to field.
Chennai will meet Mumbai Indians in the final on Sunday.
"It's the usual route, last year was the exception. The kind of response from the boys today was brilliant. The way we batted to get 140-plus runs was very nice," Dhoni said.
"The crucial part was to keep getting wickets. The credit needs to go to the bowlers. Thanks to the bowling department for where we are this season."
Du Plessis hit seven fours and a six in his 12th IPL fifty and combined for an 81-run opening wicket stand with Watson, who was equally splendid with four sixes and three boundaries.
Delhi's fast bowler Keemo Paul was smashed for 49 runs off his three overs without taking a wicket.
Du Plessis holed out in the deep in the 11th over off Trent Boult and Watson departed in the 13th over when his inside-out shot off leg spinner Amit Mishra found Boult.
Earlier, Delhi never got going once they lost openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan inside the first six overs of a batting power play.
Chennai's spin trio of Ravindra Jadeja (2-23), Harbhajan Singh (2-31) and Imran Tahir (1-28) struck with regular intervals and seamer Deepak Chahar took 2-28.
Rishabh Pant, whose electrifying 49 against helped Delhi eliminate Hyderabad two days ago, was top scorer with 38.
"We had a disappointing start, losing two wickets in the power play, and it was hard to recover from that," said Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer, who could score only 13.
"None of the batsmen took the initiative to take the team through and there wasn't a partnership building. Disappointing for us but a good learning."