Rio De Janeiro, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Six-time world player of the year Marta and the unretired Formiga will spearhead Brazil in the Women's World Cup in France, probably for the last time in their careers.
Brazil coach Vadao announced his squad on Thursday, betting on 33-year-old Marta to end a nine-match losing streak and help the team win its first Women's World Cup title.
"Marta is still Marta, and she could make the difference in this World Cup," he said.
Formiga, the 41-year-old midfielder, will play a record seventh World Cup despite announcing her retirement in 2016 after the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Veteran goalkeeper Barbara, who was also called up, said it could be the final chance for the squad's older players to finally lift the trophy.
"We are aware this should be the last World Cup for several athletes, me, Marta, Cristiane, Formiga," Barbara told TV Globo. "We believe we have this World Cup and the Olympic Games. Then our cycle ends. Marta said she would give it all to Brazil while she has the strength and asked our help to be the Marta we know."
Brazil is in Group C with Australia, Italy, and Jamaica. The Selecao opens against Jamaica on June 9 in Grenoble.
At Thursday's press conference in Rio, coach Vadao made a gaffe by saying Jamaica's play is no different than others of "African style."
Goalkeepers: Aline (Tenerife), Barbara (Avai), Leticia (Corinthians)
Defenders: Fabiana (Internacional), Leticia Santos (Sand), Tamires (Fortuna), Camila (Orlando Pride), Erika, Monica (Corinthians), Kathellen (Bordeaux), Tayla (Benfica).
Midfielders: Andressinha (Portland), Formiga (Paris Saint-Germain), Adriana (Corinthians), Thaisa (Milan)
Forwards: Bia Zaneratto (Incheon Steel Red Angels), Cristiane (Sao Paulo), Raquel (Huelva), Debinha (North Carolina), Geyse (Benfica), Ludmilla (Atletico Madrid), Marta (Orlando Pride), Andressa Alves (Barcelona)
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) – Coming from behind, Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society upset Chattogram Abahani Limited by 2-1 goals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Sohel and Landing scored one each for Rahmatganj MFS in the 26th and 70th minutes respectively while Kingsley netted the lone goal for Abahani in the 24th minute from a penalty.
In the other league match, Sheikh Russel KC outplayed lowly Brothers Union by 3-1 goals at the Sylhet District Stadium.
Odoyin struck twice in the 48th and 58th minute while Valari netted other goal for Sheikh Russel KC in the 38th minute. Minhajul netted the lone goal for Brothers Union in the 82nd minute.
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB)– Khilgaon Football Academy eared a comfortable 3-1 goals victory over Azampur Football Club-Uttara in the Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Sradium in Kamalapur Thursday morning.
Sabuj Roy struck twice in the 60th and 64th minutes and Abidul Islam Mesbah netted the other goal in the 34th minute for the winners while Munna Hossain scored the consolation goal for losers in the 59th minute.
In the day’s other league match, Little Friends Club played to a 1-1 draw with BKSP at the same venue Thursday afternoon.
Luis Kisfu put Little Friends ahead in the 46th minute while Raja Sheikh leveled the margin for BKSP in the 75th minute.
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB)- Saif Sporting Club earned their 2nd successive victory in the 2nd phase of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football beating bottom ranked Team BJMC by 3-0 goals at the Rofiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh on Thursday.
Saif SC, which beat Rahmatganj MFS by 2-1 goals in the 2nd phase opener last Friday, remained at 4th place securing 29 from 14 matches after league leader Bashundhara Kings, Dhaka Abahani Limited and Sheikh Russel KC.
In the day’s match, medio Otabek Zokirov, Deiner Cordoba and forward Alessandro Celin scored one each for the Saif SC, which dominated the first half by 1-0 goal.
In the day’s other match, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club drew 1-1 with Muktijoddha Sangsad KC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Solomon King put Sheikh Jamal DC ahead in the 18th minute while Yusuke Kato restored the parity for the freedom fighters team in 34th minute.
Rome, May 16 (AP/UNB) — Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored moments after coming off the bench to lead Lazio to a 2-0 win over Atalanta in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.
Milinkovic-Savic, who was making his comeback from an injury, broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute by heading in a corner. Joaquin Correa doubled Lazio's lead following a counterattack in the final minute as Atalanta pressed for the equalizer.
Marten de Roon had hit the post for Atalanta in the first half in an entertaining, high-tempo match. His shot took a deflection off the hand of Lazio defender Bastos, but the video assistant referee deemed it to be involuntary as it was too close range.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was furious after being shown a replay of the incident during a television interview after the match.
"I wasn't angry before I saw that replay, as from the bench I absolutely didn't see that," he said. "But it's a very serious error. It's a shot that's going in. It is unacceptable.
"If there hadn't been VAR, then that's understandable. But no, this is unjustifiable."
It was Simone Inzaghi's first Italian Cup victory as coach, having won the competition as a player with Lazio three times.
The win also salvaged a disappointing season for Lazio, after the club's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League ended with a recent loss to Atalanta.
"It's a great night, in front of amazing fans," Inzaghi said. "But honor to Atalanta, too. It was a really great game, decided by episodes that this time we knew how to turn to our advantage.
"It's a satisfaction that we deserve because of the path we've taken. We wanted this cup win. We gave our all to win it and now we'll enjoy it."
Several of the Atalanta players were in tears after the final whistle. The team from the small northern city of Bergamo has won the Italian Cup only once, back in 1963.
It was Lazio's seventh Italian Cup victory and also ended four years of Juventus domination. Lazio lost to Juventus in two of those finals.
Atalanta can console itself by fulfilling its other ambition, of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.
The team is on an 11-match unbeaten run in the league and that has lifted it up to fourth place in Serie A and the final Champions League qualifying spot.
Atalanta has a three-point advantage over AC Milan and Roma with two matches remaining.