Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB)- Bangladesh U-16s made a good start in the four-team UEFA Assist Under-16 Development Tournament beating Cambodia U-16s by two goals to nil in their first match at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
After a barren first half, Bangladesh scored first in the 49th minute with their forward Mainul Islam Moin played through inside the danger zone and finishing smartly.
Moin then sealed the 3 points for hosts Bangladesh, scoring the team’s 2nd goal as well in stoppage time (93rd minute) of the match after the ball broke to him on the right from a Bangladesh attack.
In their remaining league games, Bangladesh will meet Faroe Islands on October 18 and the Maldives on October 20.
The Faroe Islands outplayed Maldives 10-3 in the opening match of the tournament that was the early kick-off at the same venue.
In the last edition of the meet in Thailand in 2018, Bangladesh lost two matches and settled for a draw in the other match.
UEFA, European football’s governing body, has set up the development tournaments to offer young footballing talents an additional opportunity to play competitive international matches.
Madrid, Oct. 16 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Manchester United have been dealt a significant blow ahead of their weekend clash at home to Premier League leaders Liverpool, with the news that goalkeeper David de Gea is injured.
De Gea suffered a groin injury in the 59th minute of Spain's 1-1 draw away to Sweden on Tuesday night.
The keeper, who was making his first start under new Spain coach Roberto Moreno, fell to the ground in obvious pain after clearing the ball up the field and was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Although there was no post-game medical report, it looks highly unlikely De Gea will be fit for the weekend, and if he has torn a muscle he will likely be out of action for several weeks.
Rodrigo Moreno scored an injury-time equalizer for Spain to earn them a point and secure their qualification for the 2020 European Championships, but De Gea's injury is a big problem for his club.
Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after the club have suffered their worst start to a season in 30 years, with just two wins and nine points from their first eight matches to sit 12th in the table.
De Gea has started all eight of United's league matches this season, while his understudy Sergio Romero has been limited to one Carabao Cup and one Europa League appearance.
Sofia, Oct 16 (AP/UNB) — Bulgarian police arrested six soccer fans Wednesday and identified 15 people linked to making racist gestures, including Nazi salutes, during a European Championship qualifying match against England.
Bulgarian fans also directed monkey noises at England's black players during the match, which was halted twice in an effort to stop the racist abuse. England won the match 6-0.
"Six people have been arrested during the operation of the Sofia police department after establishing they are the perpetrators of disorderly acts," the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. "Due to the immediate action taken by Sofia police, 15 participants in the illegal activity have been identified. For nine of those there is information collected, including expert facial recognition."
The ministry said the evidence collected will be handed to the prosecutor's office in Sofia.
"We do not tolerate such behavior," Sofia police department senior commissioner Georgi Hadzhiev said in the statement. "Everyone who violated the public order will be called in, some of them have been arrested and action will be taken against them."
In the fallout from Monday's game, the president of the country's soccer federation has resigned and the Bulgarian special police forces have raided the federation offices.
Nyon, Oct 16 (AP/UNB) — UEFA has punished Lazio for fans' racist behavior by closing one end of Stadio Olimpico for its Europa League game against Celtic.
UEFA says its disciplinary panel also threatened Lazio with a one-game full stadium closure, suspended for a one-year probationary period. The club was fined 20,000 euros ($22,000).
Lazio suggested late Tuesday it would appeal against what it called "severe punishment," though the sanctions align with UEFA's escalating scale in discrimination cases.
The Italian club has regularly been punished by UEFA in recent years for chants and fascist salutes made by "ultra" fan groups.
The latest incidents were at an Oct. 3 game against Rennes.
UEFA has ordered both tiers of the Curva Nord stand closed when Celtic visits on Nov. 7.
Toronto, OCT 16 (AP/UNB) — The U.S. keeps coming up with underwhelming performances in its first year under Gregg Berhalter, whose tenure as American coach is starting to draw criticism.
Canada beat the United States for the first time in 34 years, getting second-half goals from Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini in a 2-0 victory over the listless Americans on Tuesday night in the CONCACAF Nations League.
A little over two years after the Americans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by losing at Trinidad and Tobago, they saw their 17-match unbeaten streak against their northern neighbor come to an end. They had not even allowed a goal to the Canadians in four previous matches dating to 2007.
"The first thing that stands out to me is desire, the desire of Canada," Berhalter said. "Give them credit, but having said that, the minimum we expect is to match that. We need to compete on every single play in games like that, and that's important. I don't think it was lack of effort, I don't think it was purposeful, but I wasn't happy with the desire that we displayed.
The U.S. already had lost to Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in July, the first competitive tournament after Berhalter was hired last December and tasked with rebuilding the program. Just 11 months remain before the start of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
Canada went ahead in the 63rd minute after Scott Arfield dispossessed Michael Bradley on the edge of the center circle. After several passes, U.S. captain Tim Ream made a poor clearance. The ball was played back toward the American goal, and Anfield's low cross went across the goalmouth. Davies got behind DeAndre Yedlin and Aaron Long, redirecting the ball in.
"What stands out to me is just the sloppiness with the ball," Berhalter said. "Too many mis-controlled touches, too many missed passes, too many easy things that we normally make that we weren't making tonight."
Jonathan Osorio lifted the ball behind the American defense in the first minute of stoppage time. Cavallini allowed the ball to bounce twice and beat Steffen to the near post with a right-footed shot from 12 yards.
"We didn't have the same energy that they did," star American midfielder Christian Pulisic said. "That's very disappointing. That's the one thing that we can control and we weren't able to tonight."
Pulisic had a point-blank shot saved by goalkeeper Milan Borjan in the 51st minute.
"I should have scored no problem," Pulisic said. "That's on me. Just wasn't my day, I guess."
Pulisic was replaced by Paul Arriola in the 60th minute. Berhalter said Pulisic has been suffering from flu-like symptoms and a "light fever."
"He wanted to continue," Berhalter said. "You could see the disappointment in his face."
The 21st-ranked U.S., coming off last week's opening 7-0 home rout of Cuba, had nine wins and eight draws against Canada since a 2-0 exhibition defeat at Vancouver, British Columbia, in April 1985.
Canada, ranked 75th, is trying to climb past No. 72 El Salvador and into the top six in the region in FIFA rankings. The June 2020 rankings will be used to determine the nations in the hexagonal will produce the three direct qualifiers from the North and Central American and Caribbean region for the 2022 World Cup
Davies, an 18-year-old budding star, said he felt "millions of emotions running through me on that goal."
"They treated it like it was a cup final," Bradley said. "They stepped up harder, they reacted quicker to every loose ball. In all the little ways in a game like that, they were on top of things. We're disappointed with ourselves that we couldn't do more in terms of better reactions, stepping up harder, coming away with little plays in different parts of the field that make a bigger difference."
The U.S. and Canada meet again Nov. 15 at Orlando, Florida, and the U.S. faces Cuba four days later George Town, Cayman Islands.
"We've got to respond in a strong way," Bradley said.