England. Feb 20 (AP/UNB) — Bayern Munich still can't find a way to score, let alone win at Liverpool.
In their fourth visit to Anfield, the German champions drew 0-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday to go a fourth game at the stadium without finding the net.
"It's not a dream result but it's a good one and we can work with that," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. "It's not a game we will remember in 20 years but it's a result we have."
On a quiet night in the competition, the other game between Lyon and Barcelona was also scoreless.
By denying Bayern an away goal, Liverpool has a slight edge heading into the second leg of the round of 16 knowing it would advance with a scoring draw.
In a meeting of teams who have each lifted the European Cup five times and are second in their domestic leagues, there was little quality in front of goal.
"We needed to take pressure off their front three," Bayern winger Serge Gnabry said. "We know they are a counterattacking team ... to keep the ball in midfield to not let them break through was important."
Liverpool, with Virgil Van Dijk suspended and Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez both injured, started with its fourth-choice center back in Joel Matip and midfielder Fabinho playing alongside him.
Liverpool had a scare in the 13th minute when Joe Matip unwittingly diverted Serge Gnabry's cross goalward from close-range and the ball bounced off goalkeeper Alisson Becker to safety. Bayern winger Kingsley Coman then sent a shot into the side-netting three minutes later.
Liverpool squandered chances when Mohamed Salah headed wide from Trent Alexander-Arnold's delivery and Sadio Mane shot wide on the turn.
Mane also miscued an attempted overhead kick in front of the Bayern goal and Matip sent the ball wide from Roberto Firmino's cutback before halftime.
"We had enough chances," Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson said. "I feel, especially in the first half, to score one or two."
Makeshift center back Fabinho made a well-timed tackle on Robert Lewandowski in the six-yard box. Gnabry sent a shot fizzing over the bar from outside the box in the 59th but Bayern struggled to test Alisson.
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer preserved the clean sheet in the 85th by tipping Mane's diving header tipped around the post.
"That was a very difficult game," Lewandowski said.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Soccer Club, Feni managed a 2-0 goals victory over Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Kamalapur Stadium here on Tuesday.
Saddam put Soccer Club ahead in the 24th minute and scored the 2nd goals in the stoppage time of the first half (45+2 minute).
Wari Club will play Dhaka City FC in Wednesday’s lone match at 3:15 pm at the same venue.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Bottom-placed Team BJMC made the biggest upset in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football forcing Independence Cup champions and star-studded Bashundhara Kings to drop their first point after five consecutive victories in a goalless draw at their home venue --Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali -- on Tuesday.
With this, big-budgeted Bashundhara Kings remained at the 2nd slot in the 13-team league with unbeaten record securing 16 points from six matches with five wins and a draw after defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited, which dominated the league table securing 18 points from seven matches with six wins and a loss against Bashundhara Kings.
With the day’s inspiring draw, winless Team BJMC slightly improved their position in the league table collecting three points from seven encounters.
The forwards of Bashundhara Kings failed to perform their usual skills in an unplayable ground and failed to make any fruitful attempt in the entire first half and it continued in the 2nd half too.
Besides, the Kings were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute when national coloured defender Nasiruddin Chowdhury received red card after making a foul against BJMC Nigerian forward Samson Iliasu.
The day’s other match between two mediocre teams -- Muktijoddha Sangsad KC and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society -- ended in 2-2 draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Ballo Farmoussa scored both the goals for the freedom fighters’ team, Muktijoddha SKC, in the 14th and 20th minute before the team were reduced to 10 men as their Japanese booter Yusuke Tako got marching order in the 24th minute of the match.
Taking the advantage of the 10-man side, Siyo Zunapio and Rakhine scored two goals for the old Dhaka outfit Rahmatganj in the 52nd and 56th minute respectively.
After the match, Muktijoddha SKC secured seven points from six matches while Rahmatganj MFS bagged three points playing as many matches.
Barguna, Feb 19 (UNB)- The player selection process for the proposed Sheikh Kamal U-20 Football Championship, organised by Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association (BDDFA), came to an end on Tuesday with the selection of players of Barishal division at the Barguna Stadium here.
The player selection process for the tournament that began in Chattogram Division in November last concluded on Tuesday (Feb 19) after successful completion of the programme across eight divisions of the country.
The selected players of all the eight divisions of the country will undergo a month-long training before the tournament begins in the middle of April next.
BDDFA secretary general Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin who was the chief guest at the day’s closing ceremony presented the “Yes Card” to finally selected 30 players out of initially chosen 60 of the division, who came under the scrutiny process from the six districts of Barishal division.
“We want to see the future stars of football from the tournament. We’re very happy to complete the selection process and we firmly believe that the players will be able to contribute to the development of Bangladesh football,” said Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin.
BDDFA Vice-president Sirajuddin Md Alamgir, Secretary General of Bangladesh District and Divisional Sports Organisers Association (Forum) Ashikur Rahman Miku and general secretary of Mymensingh Divisional Sports Association Abdullah Al Fuad Redwan and President of Barguna DFA Alamgir Hossain were also present on the occasion.
Selected players will represent Barishal Division in the eight-team Sheikh Kamal U-20 Football Championship in April.
The chosen players are: Rakib Hawlader, Mehedi Hasan, Akash Fakir, Mohammad Sharif, Mashiur Rahman, Sajib Hossain, Nayan Hawlader, Mohammad Riaz, Mohammad Russell, Apu Biswas, Imam Hossain, Mohammad Uzzal, Ahsan Habib, Masud Rana, Mujahid Islam, Al-Amin, Shahidul Islam, Jakir Hossain, Mohammad Sajib, Mohammad Tarek, Mohammad Mithun, Sirajul Islam, Fardin Talukder, Ola Chin, Ruhul Amin Shahin, Prosenjit, Imran Hawlader, Shohagh Sheikh, Ponir Talukder and Mohammad Moniruzzaman.
London, Feb 19 (AP/UNB) — Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba each scored first-half goals as Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Monday at Stamford Bridge to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
United, which has lost just once in interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 13 games in charge, has reached the quarterfinals of the competition for the fifth consecutive season.
A rematch of last year's final won by Chelsea, Herrera put United ahead in the 31st minute and Pogba came through just before halftime to double the lead.
United had not played since losing 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the opening leg of the Champions League round of 16 last week — a defeat that ended Solskjaer's unbeaten start.
"You want to see a reaction," Solskjaer said Monday. "There's a balance between being too eager (and not) after losing a game, so this was brilliant."
The game took an odd twist late as Chelsea fans fed up with manager Maurizio Sarri joined their United counterparts in chanting for his firing.
Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte in the summer, went unbeaten over his first 18 games in all competitions but has won just six of 12 games since Jan. 1.
"I can understand the situation and our fans, because the result wasn't really good," Sarri said. "We are out of the FA Cup, so I can understand. But I am worried about our results.
"We were unlucky. In the first half, we played better than the opponent and, at the end of the first half, it was 2-0 to them, so we played confused football in the second half. But, in the first half, we played well. We need, of course, more aggression, more determination."
A change of manager has had the desired effect for United, which appointed Solskjaer after firing Jose Mourinho on Dec. 18.
Sarri selected a predictable lineup and Chelsea began well, but United grew into the game and always looked dangerous.
Chris Smalling might have put United in front after nine minutes, but Kepa Arrizabalaga saved the weak header before Chelsea's best stretch of the game.
United's Sergio Romero then made two saves in quick succession, punching David Luiz's free kick to Pedro, whose volley was gathered by the goalkeeper.
Eden Hazard later curled wide before Gonzalo Higuain headed narrowly off target from a cross by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Pogba, deployed on the left of United's midfield, set up the opening goal when he crossed from the left to Herrera, who headed in unnoticed at the back post.
A second goal followed as Pogba won the ball in midfield, fed Marcus Rashford down the right wing and was then found by Rashford's pinpoint cross.
Hazard tried to spark Chelsea in the second half by cutting in from the right, but his shot was blocked by Victor Lindelof.
Chelsea fans then started to grow restless, greeting Sarri's predictable substitution of Willian for Pedro with sarcastic applause and doing so again when Mateo Kovacic was replaced by Ross Barkley.
"You don't know what you're doing" was followed by a chant of "you're getting sacked in the morning," and more boos followed when Davide Zappacosta replaced Azpilicueta.
United will face Wolverhampton in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, which will take place March 15-17. Manchester City will travel to Swansea, Millwall will host Brighton and Watford will face Crystal Palace.