Bangladesh Men’s U-23 Football team made a frustrating start in the 13th South Asian Games Football after suffering an embarrassing 0-1 goal defeat against lowly Bhutan in the opening match at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday.
After a barren first half, Bhutanese wonder boy Chencho Gyeltshen scored the match winner in the 65th minute of the match silencing high-flying Bangladesh.
With the shocking defeat, the gold mission of the Bangladesh team in the SA Games has now become uncertain after clinching games gold in 1999 in Kathmandu and 2010 in Dhaka.
India and Pakistan are not playing in the games football this time that created a good chance for Bangladesh to make a good fight for the soccer gold, but the defeat in the first game against Bhutan will harm their confidence for remaining matches.
Bangladesh were placed in the same group with Bhutan in the last SA Games’2016 and the match ended in a draw.
Before the SA Games, Bangladesh faced Bhutan twice on September 23 and October 3 in Dhaka and won both of the games comfortably. But they failed to repeat their feat in the ongoing SA games.
In the league basis matches, Bangladesh will face the Maldives on Tuesday (December 3) at 5:15 pm, Sri Lanka on Thursday (December 5) at 5:15 pm and hosts and defending champions Nepal on December 8 at 5:15 pm, all at the same stadium.
On completion of the league basis matches, two top teams will play in the final on December 10 at the same venue.
Manchester United's difficult season continued Sunday with a frustrating 2-2 draw in the Premier League against Aston Villa, whose defender Tyrone Mings had another standout performance.
It seemed United was getting into gear when Victor Lindelof's header put the Reds 2-1 ahead at Old Trafford from having been a goal down. But the lead lasted just two minutes before Villa hit back with Tyrone Mings' 66th-minute volley.
Earlier, Jack Grealish had given Villa the lead with a fine finish into the top corner after cutting inside.
"We created loads of big chances that should have won this game but overall I don't think we deserved to, especially after the first half," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.
He was particularly critical of United's slow start given that he'd rested the entire starting XI for Thursday's Europa League game in Kazakhstan.
United's equalizer just before halftime was written up as an own-goal for Tom Heaton, but really belonged to Marcus Rashford.
The United forward jumped for a header which came off the post and ricocheted into the net off Heaton's back before the Villa goalkeeper could react.
"I sit here frustrated probably because of the manner of (United's) first goal, which marred the performance of the first half," Villa manager Dean Smith said.
"That goal got their tails up and they started the second half better but we weathered the storm."
United has won just two of its last nine Premier League games and sits ninth, eight points off the Champions League spots.
Villa is 15th, three points above the relegation places in its first season back in the Premier League since 2015-16.
Leo Messi produced another of his magic moments to give FC Barcelona a 1-0 win away to Atletico Madrid and keep them top of the Liga Santander ahead of Real Madrid.
With five minutes left Messi produced a typical run outside of the Atletico penalty area, played a one-two with Luis Suarez and curled the ball past Jan Oblak for the only goal of a thrilling game.
It rained all day in Madrid before kickoff and it rained heavily for all 90 minutes in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, but far from spoiling the show the rain only added to the spectacle on a lightning fast pitch on which both teams gave everything.
With Hector Herrera outstanding in the middle of the park Atletico took the game to Barca and for half an hour the reigning Champions were on the back foot, unable to move the ball comfortably out of their half and thankful to Marc Andre Ter Stegen, who made two reflect saves to deny headers from Mario Hermoso and Alvaro Morata.
As the home side tired Barca came into things more and Gerard Pique was unlucky to see his header from a corner bounce off the pitch and onto the crossbar.
The second half began with Atletico willing to sit deeper in their own half and invite Barca onto them and Oblak made a comfortable save from Suarez before Leo Messi's goal-bound shot was deflected wide off a defender.
Messi showed flashes of his genius, but the Atletico defense were able to double up on him most of the time, while Antoine Griezmann struggled to get involved on his return to the Wanda and was booed by his former fans every time he touched the ball.
Vitolo replaced Joao Felix for Atletico, while Artur Vidal came on for Arthur Melo for the visitors as both coaches looked for a way to end the deadlock.
Atletico went close after a wild scramble in the Barca area but were unable to get the ball through a wall of bodies, before referee Mateo Lahoz angered the Atletico fans by not showing Pique a second yellow card for a late challenge on Morata.
The Barca defender then had to leave the pitch after a bad challenge from Vitolo and it looked as if the game was heading for a draw but with Messi on the pitch you can never say the game is over.
Bangladesh Under-23 Football team started their campaign in the 13th South Asian (SA) Games Football taking on Bhutan in the opening match on Monday at Dasarath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu.
The match will kicks-off at 1:15 pm (BST)
A 24-member Bangladesh football team reached Nepalese capital Kathmandu last Wednesday to take part in the five-team SA Games Football eyeing a final berth although Bangladesh have a good chance to clinch football crown for the 3rd time after 1999 Games in Kathmandu and 2010 Games in Dhaka, in absence of former champions India and Pakistan.
All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) rescheduled the fixture of the five-team competition in the dying moment as runners-up India are not taking part in the football event. All the five teams will play each other on league basis and later top teams will play in the final on December 10 at 5:15 pm
According to the fresh schedule, Bangladesh will face Bhutan in the opening match on December 2 at 1:15 pm, Maldives on December 3 at 5:15 pm, Sri Lanka on December 5 at 5:15 pm and hosts and defending champions Nepal on December 8 at 5:15 pm, all at the same stadium.
Barcelona says Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for around 10 weeks after team doctors diagnosed a muscle injury in his right thigh.
Barcelona released the medical report on Friday, two days after Dembele had to be substituted in the first half of its 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
The player wept when he walked gingerly off the field.
The 22-year-old France forward has been plagued by injuries since joining Barcelona from Dortmund in 2017 on a then-club transfer record of 105 million euros (then $124 million) plus add-ons that could reach 40% of the fee.
He has already missed five matches this season due to a muscle injury.
Dembele will miss Sunday's match at Atlético Madrid and the clásico against Real Madrid on Dec. 18 at Camp Nou.
His absence means Antoine Griezmann will likely further consolidate his position as a regular starter, while also promising more minutes for teenager Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez.