Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) – Barguna and Magura Districts made a good start in the BFF-UNICEF U-16 National Women’s Football Championship, a talent hunt tournament, beating their rivals on the opening day at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jashore on Thursday.
Borguna outplayed Patuakhali by 3-0 goals. Lamia struck two and Ferdous netted one for the winners.
In the day’s other match, Magura beat Satkhira by 2-1 goals at the same venue. Bristy and Orpira scored for Magura while Farzana netted the lone goal for the losers.
A total of 39 district teams out of 64, split into six zones -- Gopalganj, Jashore, Khagrachhari, Rangpur, Mymensingh and Rajshahi – are taking part in the preliminary round of the championship on the knockout basis.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and UNICEF are jointly organising the tournament for the first time to hunt talented players from all over Bangladesh.
Rio De Janeiro, June 20 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Brazil and Peru will play an international friendly in September as both teams prepare for the South American zone qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The match will be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement on Wednesday.
It will come four days after Brazil's friendly with Colombia in Miami, a fixture that was confirmed by the CBF in March.
On Tuesday, the Peruvian Football Federation said the Blanquirroja would play two friendlies against Uruguay in October.
The South American qualifying tournament for the next World Cup will begin next March and end in November 2022.
France, June 20 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Japan's national women's football team head coach Asako Takakura bemoaned her team's lack of penetration in a 2-0 loss to England at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup here on Wednesday.
"We created some chances, but the fact that we couldn't score a goal was purely because of our lack of scoring ability. England's defenders and goalkeeper were brilliant," Takakura told a news conference.
Japan had 16 shots on goal to their opponents' 14, but failed to convert any of them into a goal. Despite this, Japan secured their berth in the knockout stages after placing second in Group D.
"England are a very good team, very powerful, and their attack is very quick. We tried to respond to that. We conceded a goal in the first half because of a mistake, and backed off a little bit because of that. In the second half we found our rhythm again, but unfortunately we couldn't score, and England scored again.
"We managed to get through to the knockout stage. We know the things that we need to do and things we shouldn't do from our previous matches. From now on, we need to make maximum effort in the next match, and be prepared for the next round," Takakura noted.
"The knockout stage is completely different. I've assessed individual players and the outcome is clear. We have to head towards the next match in a collective manner," she added.
Takakura added that her side would have to start their next match more quickly. "We had a bit of a slow start in the first half [against England]. I did talk to the players about that and they tried to adjust their approach."
She admitted, "If we keep playing the way we have been, we will be knocked out in the next round, and players are aware of that."
"They have strength and good abilities. Unless they can show that on the pitch, we cannot deliver a good result. We need everyone to try to demonstrate that on the pitch, and we have to keep pushing," she pointed out.
Paris, June (AP/UNB) — Florencia Bonsegundo converted a penalty kick in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time on her second attempt, and Argentina overcame a three-goal deficit in the final 30 minutes for a 3-3 draw against Scotland on Wednesday night that eliminated the Scots from the Women's World Cup.
Scotland built a 3-0 lead on goals by Kim Little in the 19th minute, Jenny Beattie in the 49th and Erin Cuthbert in the 69th, but Argentina became the first team at a Women's World Cup to get a point after trailing by three goals.
Milagros Menéndez scored on a counterattack in the 74th minute and Bonsegundo's long-range shot five minutes later hit the crossbar, bounced down and had enough backspin to go off the fingertips of goalkeeper Lee Alexander and across the line.
Sophie Howard had just entered the game when she slid into a leg of Aldana Cometti, who was streaking into the penalty area. After a lengthy video review, North Korean referee Ri Hyang-ok awarded the penalty kick. Alexander dived to stop the kick by Bonsegundo, who could not get the rebound in. But another video review showed Alexander came off her line before the kick.
Given the second chance, Bonsegundo kicked the ball to the right of the keeper, who dived left.
Scotland, which had been on the verge of winning a Women's World Cup match for the first time, could not muster a threat in the remaining stoppage time and finished last in Group D at with two losses and a draw.
Argentina finished with two points after opening with a 0-0 draw against Japan — its first World Cup point — and losing to England 1-0.
Four of the six third-place teams advance, and Brazil (six points) and China (four points) are assured of two of those spots. Nigeria finished third with three points.
Argentina would advance if both the Cameroon-New Zealand and Thailand-Chile matches on Thursday finish in draws. Argentina was eliminated in the group stage of its first two World Cup appearances.
Brazil, June 20 (AP/UNB) — Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana, who worked in the 2018 World Cup final, will start in politics after his participation at Copa America in Brazil.
The 44-year-old Pitana will run for federal deputy in October's general elections in Argentina, a source close to the referee told The Associated Press. The source asked not to be named because the announcement is yet to be made.
Pitana refereed in the World Cup final won by France and also the opening match of Copa America last week, ending in a 3-0 win of Brazil against Bolivia.
The referee will be among the candidates running for office in a local party of his province of Misiones, 620 miles (about 1,000 kilometers) Northeast of Buenos Aires.
Pitana's party is in control of the local government.
Argentinians will go to the polls on Oct.27 to vote for president, governors and Congress.
Another Argentinian referee that worked in a World Cup, Hector Baldassi, currently holds the office of federal deputy.