Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB)- Bangladesh came away with a point from their third group match of the Joint Qualification Round for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 against India in Kolkata Tuesday, but will rue the opportunity they missed to bag the full 3 points, having had their hosts on the backfoot for almost the full 90 minutes.
In the end, the match in front of a full house at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in football-mad Salt Lake ended in a 1-1 draw, courtesy of an 89th minute equalizer by Indian centre-back Adil Khan, that cancelled out a first-half strike by Bangladesh’s Saad Uddin.
India and Bangladesh last met in a World Cup qualifier back in 1985, ahead of Mexico ’86. On that occasion, Bangladesh suffered a pair of 2-1 defeats.
In today’s game though, Bangladesh created several close chances from their clever counter-attacks and were very much good value for their lead at half-time.
In the 11th minute, Bangladesh goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana smartly denied a close header from defender Rahul Bheke.
Bangladesh could have opened their account in the 32nd minute but Biplu Ahamed missed a close chance.
Hosts Indi, got a chance in the 35th minute but goalkeeper Rana denied that effort.
The men in red and green finally broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute whenpromising forward Saad Uddin sent the ball into net with a low-range header, utilising a long free-kick by captain Jamal Bhuiyan from outside the box (1-0).
With the 1-0 lead, motivated Bangladeshi booters started to dominate the match from the beginning of 2nd half.
In a span of five minutes, forward Nabib Newaz Ziban and Mohammad Ibrahim missed two close chances to widen the margin for Bangladesh.
In the 51st minute, Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh denied a nice effort sticking his right leg while Ziban volleyed the ball in the net from the danger zone and midfielder Ibrahim missed the target as his close range touched the bar.
In the 73rd minute, Indian defender Adil Khan made a goal line save with his keeper beaten by a delightful chip from Ziban.
In the 84th minute, substitute forward Mahbubur Rahman missed another chance from inside the box.
India finally got the relief in the 89th minute while defender Adil Khan equalized the margin with a header off a quickly taken corner. Bangladesh coach Jamie Day may havce some words for his defenders, who failed to man the posts for such a crucial set-play defending a one-goal lead.
The game saw getting two yellow cards -- Anas Edathodika of India and Jamal Bhuiyan of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, who was put on Group E of the AFC Cup with Qatar, Oman, neighboring India and Afghanistan, are yet to open their account.
The men in red and green started their campaign with a 0-1 goal defeat against Afghanistan in their first match in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on September 10 and conceded a 0-2 goals defeat against Asian Champions Qatar in their second match in Dhaka on October 10.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Oman on November 14 in Oman, Afghanistan on March 26 next year in Bangladesh, Qatar on March 31 in Qatar, India on June 4 in Bangladesh and Oman on June 9 in Bangladesh.
On the other hand, India are now in 4th slot of the point table securing 2 points from two matches with one draw and one defeat.
Bangladesh: Ashraful Islam Rana, Rahmat Mia, Yeasin Khan, Jamal Bhuiyan, Biplu Ahamed, Nabib Newaz Ziban (Mahbubur Rahman-77th), Sohel Rana, Mohammad Ibrahim(Rabiul Hasan-79th), Riyadul Hasan (Bishwanath Ghosh-72nd), Saad Uddin, Rayhan Hasan,
India: Gurpreet Singh, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Anirudh Thapa (Raynier Fernandes-67th), Sahal Abdul Samad, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, Udanta Singh, Muhammed Ashique Kuruniyan Mandar Rao Dessai (Brandon Fernandes-56th), Anas Edathodika (Lallianzuala Chhangte-76th).
Referee: Masoud Tufaylieh (Syria).
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – India clinched the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship title for the 2nd time in a row, but were evenly matched all the way by Bangladesh. In the end, it took a tie-breaker to separate the two sides, which India clinched 5-3 to lift the trophy at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu, Bhutan on Tuesday.
The final match of the 3rd edition of regional soccer meet between two teams ended in a goalless draw at the end of the stipulated period.
In tie breaker, Sumati Kumari, Mlynda Kom Serto, Kiran, Sunita Munda and Shilky Devi Hemam scored for India while Rojina Akhter, Nasrin Akhter and Afedia Khandokar scored for Bangladesh.
Indian girls continued their domination with attacking football from the very beginning of the game while Bangladesh equally put pressure on their opponents’ defense with counter-attack.
Despite producing some good chances, both sides settled for a goalless draw in the first half.
The second half game was interrupted by power failure for about 20 minutes after 55th minute of play.
Earlier, Bangladesh made a flying start beating hosts Bhutan by 2-0 goals in their first match on October 9 and confirmed their final spot beating Nepal by 2-1 goals in the 2nd match on October 11.
The Bangladeshi girls showed impressive performance in their last group match after playing 1-1 draw against India U-15 women’s football team last Sunday.
Earlier, Bangladesh claimed their maiden SAFF U−15 Women's Championship title beating India by 1-0 goal in the final at Kamalapurhere on December 24 in 2017. They then finished runners-up in the SAFF U−15 Women's Championship 2018 after conceding a 0-1 goal defeat against the same team in the final in Thimphu on August 18.
India: Adrija Sarkhel, Purnima Kumari, Shilky Devi Hemam, Nisha, Lynda Kom Setro, Kiran, Astam Oraon, Amisha Baxla, Purnima Kumari, Babina Devi Lisham, Priyanka Sujeesh Pottekkat.
Bangladesh: Rupna Chakma, Nasrin Akhter, Afedia Khandokar, Unnoti Khatun, Swapna Rani, Shamsunnahar, Shaheda Akhter Ripa, Surma Jannat, Rehena Akhter, Rojina Akhter, Sohagi Kisku.
Referee: Choki Om (Bhutan).
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – Hosts Chattogram Abahani Limited will play defending champions TC Sports Club of the Maldives in the opening match of the eight-team Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Football Tournament beginning on Saturday (Oct 19) at the MA Aziz Stadium in the port city of Chattogram.
The match will kick-off at 7 pm.
On the following day (Sunday), Kolkata Mohun Bagan Club will play Young Elephants FC of Laos also at 7 pm at the same venue.
Two matches will held on Monday. Chennai City FC of India will playTerengganu FC of Malaysia at 4 pm while Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings will play league runners-up Dhaka Abahani Ltd at 7 pm on the day.
The two semifinals will be held on October 27 and 28 while the final match scheduled for October 30.
Earlier, BPL champions Basundhara Kings and league runners-up Dhaka Abahani Limited have been placed in the four-team Group B with Chennaiy in FC of India and Terengganu FC of Malaysia.
The Group A team comprises of Mohun Bagan AC of India, TC Sports of the Maldives, Young Elephants FC of Laos and hosts Chattogram Abahani Ltd.
The grouping of the eight-team was held in a draw ceremony at Le Meridien Hotel here last Friday.
The Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, a biennial soccer event, was held twice in Chattogram in 2015 and 2017.
Chattogram Abahani Ltd emerged champion of the first edition of the tournament in 2015 beating East Bengal FC of India by 3-1 goals in the final while TC Sports Club of the Maldives emerged champion in the second edition in 2017 beating Pocheon Citizen FC of South Korea by 4-2 goals
Chattogram Abahani Ltd organises the tournament on regular basis in memory of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman.
Each team will get US$ 10,000 as participation money while the Champion team will be awarded US$ 50,000 and the runners-up US$ 25,000.
Sofia, Oct 15 (AP/UNB) — Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has condemned the racist behavior of his country's soccer fans.
Local fans made Nazi salutes and directed monkey noises at the black players on England's national team during a European Championship qualifying match. England won 6-0.
Borissov says "it is unacceptable that Bulgaria, one of the most tolerant countries in the world where people of different ethnicities live in peace, to be associated with racism and xenophobia."
Bulgarian fans have already been sanctioned for other racist abuse in qualifying for Euro 2020 and played the match against England on Monday in a partially closed stadium.
Borissov also called for Bulgarian soccer federation president Borislav Mihailov to resign following a run of poor results, and says he ordered sports minister Krasen Kralev to terminate any relations with Mihailov until he quits.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino will arrive in the capital on Thursday morning on a day-long visit responding an invitation of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
A five-member FIFA delegation led by Infantino, is scheduled to arrive Dhaka at 1:50 am (Bangladesh time).
The members of FIFA delegation are: Deputy Secretary General (Football) of FIFA Mattias Grafstrom, Chief of Communications Onofre Costa, Director of Member Associations Asia and Oceania Sanjeevan Balasingam, President’s Office Manager Federico Raviglione.
The boss of the governing body of world football (FIFA) Gianni Infantino will pass a busy schedule (Thursday) and attend several programmes on the day-long visit to Bangladesh before he will leave Dhaka on the same day at 5 pm.
The FIFA Supremo will meet Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning at 10:30 am, visit BFF office in Motijheel at 12:15 pm and will address a press conference at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel at 2:20 pm on the day.
Infantino will be the third FIFA President to visit Bangladesh after Sepp Blatter and Joao Havelange.