Milan, Mar 10 (AP/UNB) — AC Milan ensured it will go into next weekend's derby match ahead of Inter Milan after beating Chievo Verona 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday.
Krzysztof Piatek scored what was to prove the winner. His 19th league goal moved him level at the top of the goalscoring chart with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella.
Milan consolidated third place, four points ahead of Inter, which hosts Spal on Sunday. The top four from Serie A qualify for the Champions League next season.
The only negative note for Milan was coach Gennaro Gattuso was sent to the stands in the first half for dissent and risks being suspended for the derby on March 17.
A decision will be announced on Tuesday and will depend on what is written about the incident in the referee's report.
"The coach didn't want to talk precisely because of his sending off," said assistant coach Luigi Riccio, who stood in for Gattuso in the post-match news conference. "I just want to say that they have already clarified everything, they talked, and these are things that happen on the pitch."
Lucas Biglia, back from a lengthy injury layoff, marked his first start since October by curling a magnificent free kick into the top left corner in the first half.
However, Chievo leveled four minutes from halftime when Mehdi Leris curled in a cross from the right for Perparim Hetemaj to head in at the far post.
It was only the third league goal Milan has conceded in 2019.
Piatek has scored seven goals for Milan since his move from Genoa, and the eighth arrived in the 57th following a chaotic and somewhat controversial move.
Piatek attempted an overhead kick after his initial effort was saved by Stefano Sorrentino but ended up kicking a Chievo player instead. The move continued and Samu Castillejo headed the ball back into the area for Piatek to volley home.
The Chievo players protested but the goal was allowed to stand after a check with the video assistant referee.
"I don't want excuses but in the last six matches all the VAR decisions have gone against us," Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo said. "Piatek's move on (Fabio) Depaoli wasn't football, it's kung fu ... you can write the headline: 'Chievo beaten by a kung fu kick.'"
Chievo remained bottom of the table, 12 points from safety.
There was also controversy in the earlier match which saw Parma beat Genoa 1-0.
The only goal came from a Parma corner which shouldn't have been as the team's forward, Roberto Inglese, made the final touch.
From that corner, Juraj Kucka's header was fingertipped onto the bar by former Chapecoense goalkeeper Jandrei, who was making his Serie A debut. Luca Rigoni fired the rebound onto the post from point-blank range but former Genoa forward Kucka turned it in at the third time of asking.
Parma moved three points above Genoa in midtable.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB)— Bangladesh women’s team will leave for Nepal on Sunday morning to compete in the six-nation SAFF Women’s Championship beginning on Tuesday (Mar 12) at Shahid Rangashala, Biratnagar.
Hosts Nepal will play Bhutan in the opening match on Tuesday at 3pm local time.
Bangladesh, placed in Group A, will play their first match against Bhutan on Thursday (March 14) and face hosts Nepal on Saturday (March 16) in group affairs.
Group B team consists of India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. India will take on Maldives on Wednesday (March 13) and Sri Lanka on Sunday (Match 17). Maldives and Sri Lanka will meet each other in the other Group A match on Friday (March 15).
On March 20, Group A champions will play Group B runners-up at 11am, while Group B champions will encounter Group A runners–up at 3pm in the semifinals at the same venue.
The final match will take place at 3pm on March 22.
Bangladesh women’s team comprises 21 players and seven officials.
Bangladesh squad: Mahmuda Akhter, Rupna Chakma, Yasmin Akhter, Masura Parvin, Akhi Khatun, Nargis Khatun, Nilufa Yesmin Nila, Shamsunahar (Sr), Sheuli Azim, Mishrat Jahan Moushumi, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Ishrat Jahan Ratna,Sanjida Akhter, Marzia, Sirat Jahan Shopna, Sabina Khatun, Krishna Rani Sarkar, Razia Khatun, Shamsunnahar (Jr) and Tohura Khatun.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB)— Bangladesh National Football team maintained their winning record against Cambodia, beating them by 1-0 goal in a FIFA International Friendly at the national stadium in Phnom Penh on Saturday.
Substitute mid-fielder Rabiul Hasan scored the match-winner in the 83rd minute by an accurate shot from goal mouth melee, utilising a meritorious left wing pass of another substitute booter Mahbubur Rahman Sufil.
Rabiul entered the field in the 65th minute replacing Biplu Ahmed while Sufil came to the field in the place of Nabib Newas Zibon in the 76th minute.
This was Bangladesh’s third victory against Cambodia in four meetings. Cambodia hold 172nd position in FIFA ranking while Bangladesh are at 192.
Bangladesh, who played their first international match after five months in a relatively hot temperature of about 35 degrees, maintained their unbeaten run against Cambodia since 2006.
Bangladesh defeated Cambodia by 2-1 goals in the AFC Challenge Cup in 2006. The next year, they played to a 1-1 draw in the Nehru Cup Football in New Delhi. Bangladesh beat them in 2009 in the FIFA International Friendly.
Eleven U-23 players studded youthful Bangladesh team will return home on Monday (March 11).
Turin, Mar 9 (AP/UNB) — Despite resting Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of its crucial Champions League match, Juventus romped to a 4-1 victory over Udinese on Friday with teenager Moise Kean scoring twice.
Kean, who received a standing ovation when he was replaced late, also won a penalty which was converted by Emre Can. Blaise Matuidi added the final goal as Juventus extended its lead in Serie A to 19 points.
With Juventus needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in their round-of-16, Massimiliano Allegri rested a number of key players.
The 19-year-old Kean was handed his first league start of the season, having played just a handful of minutes in two substitute appearances, and he certainly staked his claim for more time.
"I'm always ready to go when the coach calls me and obviously in every training session as well," Kean said. "Being at Juve helps me a lot, I'm learning all the time and this is the best place.
"Tonight's match gives us confidence for Tuesday. From now on we're only thinking about that game."
Kean netted his first in the 11th minute by sliding to prod home Alex Sandro's cross.
He doubled his tally shortly before halftime, showing a fantastic burst of pace and feinting as if to cross before beating the goalkeeper at the near post.
The goal brought Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala, who were on the substitutes' bench, to their feet in admiration.
Kean almost bagged a hat trick in the second half but was brought down by Nicholas Opoku and Can fired the resulting penalty straight down the middle.
Juventus hadn't scored more than three goals in a match this season but it got a fourth in the 71st when Matuidi headed in Rodrigo Bentancur's cross from the right.
Kevin Lasagna netted a late consolation for Udinese.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Farashganj Sporting Club managed a 1-0 victory over Uttar Baridhara Club in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Kamalapur Stadium here on Thursday.
After a barren first half, Saif scored the matchwinner for the Old Dhaka outfit Farashganj in the 76th minute.
The day’s other match between T&T Club and Victoria Sporting Club ended in a goalless draw at the same venue.