Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – With the sweet memory of Wednesday’s 10-0 goal victory over the Philippines, Bangladesh will take on hosts Myanmar in their 2nd Group B Qualifying Round-2 match of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championships on Friday at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay.
The match will begin at 5:30pm Bangladesh time.
Bangladesh U-16 Women’s Football team, which brought laurel for the country by reaching the eight-team final round of the prestigious AFC Junior Women’s meet last year, are badly in need of a win against the home side to keep their group champions mission alive for a final round berth.
Earlier, Bangladesh, which were placed in Group B of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship with China, the Philippines and hosts Myanmar, will play their remaining Group match against stronger China on Sunday (March 3) at the same venue.
China beat Myanmar 5-0 goal in the other opening day fixture on Wednesday.
Bangladesh got off to a flying start in the qualifying round outplaying their rivals the Philippines by massive 10-0 goals after leading the first half by 6-0 goals in their first match in Myanmar on Wednesday, featuring a hat-trick by celebrated striker Tahura Khatun.
Ahead of the Friday’s match against hosts Myanmar, Head Coach of Bangladesh Team Golam Robbani Choton said, “Tomorrow (Friday) we’ll play against hosts Myanmar. This is our most important and vital match because we came here to qualify for the final round.”
“Myanmar are a very good and strong side. Our team are also a strong side. Our team are doing hard training for the last one year and we’ll play the best football tomorrow to win the match,” he added.
Vice-Captain of Bangladesh Team Akhi Khatun said, “We want to play better football in our second match against hosts Myanmar. We’ll try our best to win the match. Our target is to qualify for the final round.”
Bangladesh’s successful striker Tohura Khatun said she will try again her best to score in the next match against Myanmar to keep the team in the winning track, according to a message received from Myanmar.
Liverpool, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice as Liverpool brushed aside concerns about its recent struggles by thrashing Watford 5-0 Wednesday to stay top of the Premier League.
In a win built on brilliant performances by Liverpool's defenders, right back Trent Alexander-Arnold set up three goals — including the opening two for Mane — and left back Andrew Robertson the other two. Van Dijk, a center back, headed in the final two goals at Anfield.
Questions were starting to be asked about Liverpool's credentials after four draws in the team's last five matches in all competitions. But this performance signaled a return to the verve and inventiveness which Juergen Klopp's team needed to rediscover.
It was typified by Mane's — and Liverpool's — second goal of the night, a brilliant back-heel from 12 meters out which caught Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster by surprise.
The Senegal international had already, somewhat surprisingly, scored with a header having been given the job of central striker in the absence of the injured Roberto Firmino.
Firmino's replacement, Divock Origi, was posted on the left wing to accommodate Mane in his new role, and he added the third goal in the 66th minute that gave Liverpool breathing space.
Mane's double meant he has recorded his best Premier League scoring return of 14 goals, with 10 matches still to go. It was the fifth home league match in succession in which he has scored.
The result was exactly the boost Liverpool needed ahead of a short trip to Everton for the Merseyside derby on Sunday. The Reds maintained their one-point lead over Manchester City.
Madrid, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — Real Madrid couldn't put Barcelona away when it had the chance, and ended up being dealt a hard blow by its biggest rival.
In the first of two consecutive games between the Spanish powerhouses at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Barcelona weathered a dominant first half by Madrid and then scored three times after the break for a 3-0 win Wednesday and a spot in the Copa del Rey final for a sixth straight season.
"I have to admit that we didn't play very well in the first half," said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde after his 100th match in charge. "We scored three goals but didn't have that many chances. It happens sometimes."
Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona advanced 4-1 on aggregate after being held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the semifinals at Camp Nou three weeks ago. The Catalan club also benefited from an own goal by Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
"They were a lot more efficient than we were," Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. "We created many chances but couldn't score. They scored with their first shot on goal, and then with their second shot on goal. They hurt us when they had their chance."
Barcelona will be trying to win an unprecedented fifth straight Copa title in the May 25 final in Seville.
Madrid hasn't made it to the Copa final since it won its last title in 2014 against Barcelona. It hasn't defeated its rival in five matches in all competitions, since the Spanish Super Cup in 2017.
This year's other finalist will be decided on Thursday, when Valencia hosts Real Betis after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Seville.
It was the second of three matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona in less than a month. The rivals will also play each other on Saturday in the Spanish league, with Barcelona nine points in front of Madrid in the standings.
Another setback against Barcelona will practically end Madrid's title hopes in the league, leaving the Champions League as the only competition in which it can succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade.
After conceding at home, Barcelona needed to score at the Bernabeu to have any chance of advancing, and it didn't look good for the Catalan club as it was outplayed by Madrid throughout the first half. The hosts created most of the scoring chances, including a couple of clear ones for young Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior. He failed to get a shot off in a one-on-one situation, then missed over the crossbar from close range.
"Vinicius will keep improving as he plays more of these types of games," Solari said.
Barcelona took advantage of Madrid's misses and quickly struck after halftime, with Suarez firing a low shot past goalkeeper Keylor Navas after a cross by Ousmane Dembele, who made a run behind the Madrid defenders following a through ball by Jordi Alba on the left flank.
The second goal came less than 10 minutes later, when Varane tried to intercept Dembele's cross for Suarez and ended up finding his own net.
It didn't take long for Suarez to add another with a Panenka-style penalty in the 73rd after he was fouled by midfielder Casemiro inside the area.
Some Madrid fans began leaving the Bernabeu not long after Suarez's penalty hit the net, and a few chants protesting against club president Florentino Perez also followed.
Gareth Bale, who earlier Wednesday escaped punishment for a gesture toward fans after scoring in a league match against Atletico Madrid, came off the bench to replace Lucas Vazquez with Madrid down by a goal, but the Wales forward wasn't able to help much.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – Saif Sporting Club outplayed formidable Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by 3-0 goals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Saif SC played to a goalless draw with Chattogram Abahani Ltd in the last match in Mymensingh on Saturday.
With the feat, Saif SC shared the 3rd slot in the league table with Sheikh Russel KC securing 17 points from eight matches while Sheikh Jamal remained at their previous credit of 12 points, playing eight matches.
Independence Cup champions and star-studded Bashundhara Kings dominated the 13-team league securing 19 points from seven matches while Dhaka Abahani Limited followed the leaders neck and neck with 18 points from eight matches.
In the day’s match, Iqbal, Cordoba and Bolshakov scored one goal each for Saif SC, which dominated the first half by a solitary goal.
The day’s 2nd match between two traditional rivals—Dhaka Abahani Limited and Dhaka Mohammedan SC—was washed out at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here due to continuous rainfall.
Match referee declared the match abandoned after waiting for about one hour.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh got off to a flying start in their mission to become champions in Group B Qualifying Round-2 of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championships outplaying their unknown rivals the Philippines by massive 10-0 goals in their first match at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar on Wednesday.
Bangladesh U-16 Women’s Football team, which brought laurel for the country by reaching the eight-team final round of the prestigious AFC Junior Women’s meet last year, are eying to reach the final round this time too as champions of the four-team Group B.
Bangladesh, which were placed in Group B of the AFC U-16 Women’s meet with China, the Philippines and hosts Myanmar, will play Myanmar on March 1 and China on March 3 in their remaining group matches, all at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium.
In the day’s opener, striker Tahura Khatun made a hat-trick scoring three goals, Shamsun Nahar Junior and Anuching Mogini struck two goals each while Shamsun Nahar Senior, captain Maria Manda and Nilufar Yesmin Nila scored one goal each for Bangladesh, which dominated the first half by 6-0 goals.
Shamsun Nahar Junior put Bangladesh ahead in the very 2nd minute utilising a placing shot of defender Shamsun Nahar Senior (1-0), striker Tahura Khatun doubled the margin in the 17th minute off a Maria Manda pass (2-0).
In the following minute, Shamsunnahar Junior scored her 2nd and the 3rd goal for Bangladesh by a good header (3-0) while Tahura Khatun netted the 2nd goal in the 24th minute (4-0).
Tahura completed the hat-trick scoring her 3rd goal in the 37th minute by a placing shot (5-0) while Shamsun Nahar Senior further widened the Bangladesh margin in the 41st minute from a penalty to dominate the first half by 6-0 goals. Nilufar Yesmin Nila and Anuching Mogioni added two more goals in the 47th and 58th minute respectively (8-0).
Captain Maria Manda scored the 9th goal for Bangladesh in the 64th minute by a long distance shot (9-0) while Anuching Mogini sealed the fate of the match scoring one more goal in the dying moment to leave the field with the massive victory (10-0).
After the match, Bangladesh Head Coach Golam Robbani Choton said, “I’m very happy with the way my team played in the match. Our girls played the full match positively and very hard from the beginning of the match. Our target is to go to the final round. The next match against hosts Myanmar is very important for us.”