Dhaka, April 17 (UNB) – Dhaka Division made a good start in the Sheikh Kamal U-20 National Football Tournament beating Rangpur Division by 2-0 goals in one of the two opening day’s matches at the Bir Shrestha Munshi Abdur Rouf Stadium in Narail on Wednesday.
Shohan put Dhaka Division ahead in the 10th minute while Jashim confirmed the victory adding one more goal in the 91st minute.
In the day’s other match at Sankar Gobindha Chowdhury Stadium in Natore, Chattogram Division played to a 1-1 draw with Rajshahi Division.
After a barren first half, Parvez scored for Chattogram Division in the 53rd minute while Ashraful neutralized the margin for Rajshahi Division in the 58th minute.
Dhaka, April 17 (UNB)- The 6-time Bangladesh Professional Football League champions Dhaka Abahani Limited split points with Indian I –League champions Minerva Punjab in a 2-2 draw in their 2nd Group E match of the AFC Cup 2019 at the floodlight Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Nabib Newaz Ziban and Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu scored one each for the traditional sky-blue Dhanmondi outfit while skipper Mahmoud Al Amna and Sreyas Valiyaveettu Gopalan scored for touring Indian side Minerva Punjab.
The day’s other Group E match between Chennaiyin FC of India and Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal was in progress at the time of filing this report, goalless after 41 minutes.
Abahani which are very much serious for a victory against Minerva Punjab for their dream first-ever 2nd round berth of the prestigious Asian meet after beating Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi Club 1-0 in group opener in Kathmandu on April 3, made a consolation draw to keep their top slot in four-team group intact with unbeaten run.
Minerva Punjab, which won just four matches from 19 encounters in the I-league 2018-19, started their AFC Cup 2019 campaign with a goalless draw against compatriots Chennaiyin FC at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad, also on April 3.
In the day’s match at BNS, Minerva Punjab took 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. Syrian skipper Mahmoud Al Amna netted the first goal for the Indian team, utilizing a cross of forward Lalmuanpuia Samuel (1-0).
But rampant Abahani continued their attacks and got a quick-relief in the 19thminute. Local boy Nabib Newaz Ziban levelled the margin for the Dhanmondi outfit from an exceptional pass by Haiti-recruit Kervens Belfort (1-1).
Punjab booters recovered quickly and came back soon into the game. Both of the teams continued their attacks. Abahani missed several chances to double the score.
In the 42nd minute, a misstep by Abahani defenders handed another success to Punjab. This time, forward Sreyas Valiyaveettu Gopalan, who replaced midfielder Harminder Singh in the 40th minute, doubled the score for his side (2-1).
Abahani then got second success in the 48th minute. Nigerian Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu levelled the score for the hosts from a direct free-kick by veteran defender Waly Faisal (2-2).
However, this was the first ever meeting between Dhaka Abahani and Minerva Punjab in AFC Cup. Abahani, won one of the six home matches in the AFC Cup, may register their second victory.
Dhaka Abahani First XI: Shahidul Alam Sohel (GK & C), Raihan Hasan, Nabib Newaz Ziban, Waly Faisal, Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu, Masih Saighani, Kervens Belfort, Wellington Priori, Rubel Miya, Sohel Rana, Md Atiqur Rahman Fahad
Minerva Punjab First XI: Bhaskar Roy (GK), Omolaja Nurain Kareem, Mahmoud Al Amna (C), Kalif Alhasan, Lalmuanpuia Samuel, Robert Primus, Akashdeep Singh, Souvik Das, Makan Winkle Chothe, Harminder Singh, Amandeep Singh
Remaining Group E Fixture of AFC Cup:
April 30: Chennaiyin FC vs Dhaka Abahani- 7:30 (BST)- India
May 1: Minerva Punjab vs Manang Marshyangdi Club- 6:30 (BST)- India
May 15: Dhaka Abahani Ltd. vs Chennaiyin FC- 7:00 (BST)- Bangladesh
May 15: Manang Marshyangdi Club vs Minerva Punjab- 3:00 (BST)- Nepal
June 19: Dhaka Abahani Ltd. vs Manang Marshyangdi Club- 5:45 (BST)- Bangladesh
June 19: Minerva Punjab vs Chennaiyin FC- 6:30 (BST)- India
June 26: Minerva Punjab vs Dhaka Abahani Ltd.- TBC- India
June 26: Manang Marshyangdi Club vs Chennaiyin FC- TBC- Nepal
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB)- Bangladesh footballers will play against Laos in the round-1 of the preliminary joint qualifications for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
The draw held at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, confirmed Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
A total of 12 Asian nations will participate in the round-1 of both the tournaments.
The teams are: Bangladesh, Laos, Mongolia, Brunei Darussalam, Macau, Sri Lanka, Laos, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Pakistan, Bhutan and Guam.
The first leg of the round-1 will be held on June 6 with the return leg scheduled to kick-off on June 11. The six winners will join top 34 Asian teams in the round 2 qualifiers, scheduled to be held in September.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh ranked 188th and 41st in the FIFA International Ranking and AFC Ranking respectively while Laos remained 184th and 38th.
The draw result:
Bangladesh vs Laos
Mongolia vs Brunei Darussalam
Macau vs Sri Lanka
Malaysia vs Timor-Leste
Cambodia vs Pakistan
Bhutan vs Guam
Barcelona, Apr 17 (AP/UNB) — Lionel Messi made sure there was no memorable Champions League comeback for Manchester United at Camp Nou this time.
Messi scored two early goals to help Barcelona beat United 3-0 on Tuesday and reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time in four seasons with a 4-0 aggregate score.
United had arrived at Camp Nou hoping to take inspiration from its Champions League final victory twenty years ago, when current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer capped a comeback against Bayern Munich by scoring the winner in injury time.
But Messi showed that past glories mean very little when he is playing at his best.
His first goal was had plenty of the familiar Messi magic, as he ghosted past a defender and bent the ball just inside the upright.
The second was largely thanks to a blunder by David de Gea. Messi only managed a tame shot on goal but the Spain goalkeeper let it slip underneath him and into the net.
"The image (we gave) was spectacular. This is who we are," Messi said. "I was fortunate the first went in, I struck it hard and just inside the post. I needed a little more luck on the second. The important thing is that we achieved our goal. We have taken one more step (to the title)."
After not managing a single shot on target at Old Trafford in the first leg, United looked a lot more dangerous going forward at the start. But after Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar, Messi took over with his tournament-leading ninth and 10th goals of the season.
"Messi and Cristiano (Ronaldo) have been the best players in the world for the past decade," Solskjaer said. "And he showed why we think that and why he has won so many titles. If you give him space and timing around the goal he will create chances and score."
Ronaldo will not be joining Messi in Europe's final four.
Ajax stunned Ronaldo's Juventus 2-1 to progress to the semifinals in Tuesday's other match. Donny van de Beek canceled out Ronaldo's opener before Matthijs de Ligt took the winner to let the Dutch visitors advance 3-2 overall.
The Barcelona crowd, which for so long viewed Ronaldo as its main nemesis when he was with Real Madrid, celebrated the Ajax goals when they were announced on the video monitor.
In the opening leg, Messi had his nose bloodied by the arm of Chris Smalling in a collision that Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde compared to being "run over by a truck."
Messi was back in full force a week later. Far from shying away from contact with rivals, he initiated it with his defense to set an example for his teammates when they were caught off-guard after kickoff.
After Rashford threatened by grazing the bar, Messi outmuscled Ashley Young to win the ball near the right touchline. He then brought the home crowd to its feet as he poked the ball through the legs of Fred, sped along the edge of the box, and drove a left-footed strike around a diving De Gea.
Messi got his double soon with more than a little help from De Gea.
"We started well in the first 15 minutes and I thought, 'We've got something here,'" Solskjaer said. "But then they scored twice in four minutes. ... You could see the difference of the teams tonight. The quality of their finishing was absolutely outstanding."
Messi went close to setting up another goal just before halftime. He made Phil Jones dizzy by changing the direction of his dribble three times. He then played Jordi Alba wide, for the left back to cross the ball to Sergi Roberto arriving at the far post. De Gea made a superb save to block his point-blank effort on the line.
Philippe Coutinho added a third goal with a superb curling strike from long range in the 61st to cap arguably the best performance by the former Liverpool player since joining Barcelona just over a year ago.
Messi cued the attack that ended in Coutinho's goal by playing a long ball down the left to Alba, who knocked it back to the Brazil midfielder to beat De Gea from distance.
The goals ended Messi's bizarre scoring drought in Champions League quarterfinals that had reached 12 matches dating back to 2013.
In total he has 45 goals in 42 games through all competitions this campaign.
Turin, Apr 17 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo shook his head as he walked off the field, while the Ajax players and staff celebrated with their fans long after the final whistle.
The youth-filled Ajax team knocked off another one of Europe's giants on Tuesday, beating Juventus 2-1 in Turin to reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time since 1997. It is the first time since 2010 that Ronaldo has failed to reach the last four, having won the competition the last three years in a row with Madrid.
"He's disappointed as we all are, but we can't be dragged down by this disappointment," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
Juventus signed Ronaldo in the offseason in the hope of ending a 23-year wait for the Champions League but one goal from the Portugal star wasn't enough against the Dutch team, which erased a first-half deficit and largely dominated the final 45 minutes.
"Cristiano increased our chances of winning the Champions League but football isn't math," Allegri added. "It's not one plus one equals two, but one plus one can equal three, four, zero."
Having already seen off Real Madrid in the previous round, Ajax showed no fear against Ronaldo and the Italian giant either, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.
"It's an unforgettable night for Ajax, we eliminated one of the favorites for the competition," Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said. "We played with confidence and patience. With our footballing philosophy we can go beyond expectation, we have once again surpassed our limits. It's very difficult to play against us and our philosophy."
Even going behind to a goal from Ronaldo in the first half didn't faze Ajax's young players as Donny van de Beek leveled shortly after and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the winner in the second half.
Ajax will play either Manchester City or Tottenham in the semifinals.
Ronaldo's old rival Lionel Messi is very much in contention, though, after scoring two goals to help Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-0 and progress 4-0 on aggregate in Tuesday's other quarterfinal.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the previous round against Atletico Madrid to almost single-handedly overturn a two-goal deficit, and had also found the back of the net in Amsterdam. The 34-year-old Portugal forward added his fifth goal in three Champions League matches in the 28th minute on Tuesday, heading in a Miralem Pjanic corner.
But Ajax leveled six minutes later when Hakim Ziyech's mishit shot turned into an assist for Donny van de Beek, who beat the offside trap to redirect it past Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Ajax grew in confidence in the second half and had a number of chances to take the lead, with Szczesny making a couple of stellar saves to keep the game level. But Juventus continued to look vulnerable without captain and key defender Giorgio Chiellini, and Ajax finally found its breakthrough in the 67th as De Ligt outjumped both Daniel Rugani and Alex Sandro to head in a corner.
It could have been worse for Juventus as Ziyech had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside.