An early goal by midfielder Sunil Bal helped hosts Nepal to eliminate Bangladesh U-23 team from the title race of the South Asian Games Men’s Football on Sunday.
Bangladesh conceded a 0-1 goal defeat against Nepal in their fourth and last league match at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu. Bal netted the match winner in the 11th minute.
Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan got a red card just a few seconds before the final whistle (90+6 minutes).
Nepal will now play against Bhutan in the final on Tuesday (December 10) at 5:15pm (BdST) at the same venue.
Bangladesh booters had a bright chance to regain the games soccer title after eight years when they beat Sri Lanka by 1-0 goal in their third match.
Bangladesh started SA Games campaign with an embarrassing 0-1 goal defeat against lowly Bhutan in the opening match and played out a 1-1 draw with Maldives in the second match.
Bangladesh men’s team clinched the SA Games Football crown twice – first in the 1999 in Kathmandu and then in 2010 in Dhaka.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice as Everton beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to give caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson a winning start.
Richarlison scored the opening goal after just five minutes, rising above the defense to head home and send the animated Ferguson charging down the touchline.
It set the tone for a performance unrecognizable from the final games under Marco Silva, who was fired on Thursday.
Calvert-Lewin netted twice in the second half, either side of Mateo Kovacic's first Premier League goal for Chelsea.
Chelsea is fourth in the standings, while Everton moved to two points above the relegation zone.
Everton lost its last three games under Silva, including 5-2 to Liverpool on Wednesday, but showed much more fight in the first game under Ferguson, the former striker who played 239 league matches for the club.
Ferguson didn't have to wait long before he was punching the air and running down the touchline to celebrate Richarlison's close-range header from Djibril Sidibe's cross.
The hosts continued to impress as Theo Walcott's low cross just evaded Richarlison at the far post and Calvert-Lewin shot straight at Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Everton then doubled its lead four minutes into the second half. Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma, who was on loan at Everton last season, failed to deal with a high ball and Calvert-Lewin capitalized.
But Kovacic pulled one back within three minutes with a first-time shot from outside the box after the ball was cleared into his path.
Both sides missed further chances as Walcott skipped past N'Golo Kante but shot at Kepa after ignoring Richarlison alongside him, while Christian Pulisic steered wide from Kante's knockdown.
Calvert-Lewin made the win safe when he poked a loose ball between Kepa's legs in the 84th, with Ferguson celebrating by hoisting a ball boy into the air.
French players Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema scored a goal in each half Saturday as injury-depleted Real Madrid defeated Espanyol 2-0 to provisionally move ahead of Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.
Barcelona can regain the lead when it hosts Mallorca later.
The win at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium extended Madrid's unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches. It was its fourth straight league win, and the 14th in the last 15 games against Espanyol across all competitions.
Espanyol, winless in six league games, stayed second-to-last in the standings.
"We clearly suffered," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "We know Espanyol is not a team that deserves to be where it is in the table. But in the end we were patient and earned a deserved victory."
Varane opened the scoring with a low left-foot shot from inside the area in the 37th minute after a well-placed pass by Benzema, who sealed the victory with a shot from close range in the 79th after being set up by Federico Valverde.
"We had to be patient to find the goals," Varane said. "We were struggling with that last touch. Sometimes the strikers are the ones helping us, and today it was my turn to contribute."
Benzema, who has eight goals in his last six matches, is the league's leading scorer with 11 goals, two more than Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
Madrid played the final minutes with 10 men as left-back Ferland Mendy was sent off with a second yellow card for a hard foul in the 83rd.
Madrid entered the match with a slew of injuries, with Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, James Rodríguez, Marcelo and Lucas Vázquez among those unfit to play.
Zidane started with the Brazilian teenage duo of Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior flanking Benzema up front. Vinícius Júnior hadn't started for Madrid since the team's 1-0 loss at Mallorca in October.
Zidane had to resort to a three-man back line after Mendy's red card because he had no left back on the bench.
Madrid dominated throughout but Espanyol threatened at times, with Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois forced to make a good save off a header by Esteban Granero in the first half and Espanyol forward Wu Lei coming close to equalizing in a breakaway early in the second half.
Espanyol loudly called for a second yellow card to Vinícius Júnior for a hard foul late in the first half.
"It's a clear four and in 99% of the time that's a yellow card," Espanyol coach Pablo Machín said. "It could have changed the match."
It was the fifth lost in six league matches for Espanyol, which has nine points from 16 matches, five points from safety.
Espanyol hasn't beaten Madrid at the Bernabéu in 24 consecutive league matches, since 1996. It hasn't kept a clean sheet in the league at Madrid's stadium since a 0-0 draw more than 40 years ago.
Espanyol has the league's worst home record, having won only one point from eight matches. It now has lost three straight away matches.
Mohamed Salah's 10th goal of the season capped Liverpool's 3-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday that sent the Premier League leaders 11 points clear.
The three goals came in the space of just 19 minutes either side of halftime, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita netting before the break.
The move that led to the opener in the 35th minute started with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
After receiving the ball from his goalkeeper via Dejan Lovren, midfielder Henderson deceived Bournemouth center back Chris Mepham with a long, diagonal pass. That allowed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to volley his sixth goal of the season beyond goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
There was a blow with Lovren forced off injured before the lead was extended.
Keita, making his first league start of the season, received the ball from Salah's back-heel before taking a touch and calmly prodding past Ramsdale from 10 yards (meters) out.
Calamitous home defending led to the result being put beyond doubt just nine minutes into the second half.
Inexperienced center back Jack Simpson gave the ball away to Keita. The Guinea international then advanced to slip in Salah, who raced away from Mepham to roll home past Ramsdale and atone for a close-range miss in first-half stoppage time.
Liverpool's lead at the Premier League summit will be reduced again to eight points if Leicester beats Aston Villa on Sunday.
It was showtime for Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium.
Lionel Messi had a hat trick. Luis Suárez scored with a superb backheel goal. There was even an assist by goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen to Antoine Griezmann's first goal in six Spanish league matches.
With one of its best performances of the season, Barcelona cruised to a 5-2 win over promoted Mallorca on Saturday, keeping pace with Real Madrid and regaining the league lead.
Madrid had beaten Espanyol 2-0 earlier Saturday to provisionally move to the top, but Barcelona's win left the teams tied on points and the Catalan club ahead on goal difference.
The highlight of Barcelona's win was Suárez's 43rd-minute backheel goal, which came after a smart exchange of passes between Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto. De Jong made the final pass to Suárez who was near the corner of the six-meter (yard) box, and the Uruguay striker hit the ball with the back of his right foot, pressing it down and making it bounce off the ground over goalkeeper Manolo Reina.
"I knew I had a difficult angle, my only option was to backheel the ball firmly so it would bounce and make it harder for the goalkeeper," Suárez said. "It wouldn't be impossible for the ball to go through if it didn't bounce. Luckily it worked and it was a beautiful goal."
Barcelona's dominant performance had started with Griezmann's seventh-minute goal off a long pass by Ter Stegen, who quickly took a goal kick to set up the Frenchman's run from behind the midfield line. Griezmann entered the area and niftly tapped the ball over Reina.
It was the second assist for Ter Stegen this season. He had also set up Suárez's goal against Getafe in September.
Messi was at his best, scoring in the 17th with a superb curling left-footed shot into the top corner and then with another well-placed strike from outside the area in the 41st. He completed his record 35th league hat trick from inside the area in the 83rd after Suárez's pass.
The goal also allowed Messi to take the league's scoring lead with 12 goals, one more than Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.
Before the match, Messi was presented with the Ballon d'Or award which he won for best player of the year on Monday. Messi's three young sons carried the trophy out to him as the Camp Nou crowd chanted his name.
Ante Budimir scored Mallorca's goals in the 35th and 64th minutes.
Barcelona has won nine of its last 10 league matches, including four in a row. It has lost only once in its last 14 games in all competitions.
It was the seventh consecutive away loss for Mallorca, which stayed in 17th place, one point from the relegation zone.