Former champions Sheikh Russel KC made a good start in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football beating Brothers Union Club by 2-1 goal in their first match at the floodlight Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Friday.
All the three goals of the match were scored in the first half.
In the day's match, M Abdullah put Sheikh Russel KC ahead in the 13th minute by good shot, utilizing a free kick (1-0)
Brazilian Giancarlo Lopez Rodrigues doubled the winner's margin just three minutes later by a header, off a Baktiar cross (2-0).
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S Zunapio reduced the Brother's margin in the 34th minute from a penalty (2-1).
Brothers Union Club played a better brand of football against their superior rivals Sheikh Russel KC, especially in the 2nd half, but failed to take its fruit.
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Federation Cup finalists Saif Sporting Club will start their BPL campaign taking on Rahmatganj MFS in Saturday's lone match, will kick-off at 8:pm at the same venue.
The six times champions Dhaka Abahani managed a 1-0 win over Bangladesh Police in their first match of the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football on Thursday.
As the match was almost heading for a draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Abahani’s Haitian striker Kervens Belfort scored the match-winner in the 85th minute, using a lapse at the back from Police.
And Abahani, who managed to clinch only one trophy in their last five competitions, failed to impress their fans.
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However, The Sky Blue Brigade failed to field their best team in day’s match in absence of regular players like Rayhan Hasan, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Jewel Rana and Sohel Rana, who missed the game due to injury and suspension.
But the Federation Cup champions Bashundhara Kings made a flying start beating Uttar Baridhara Club 2-0 in the league opener on Wednesday, featuring two goals from Argentine striker Raul Oscar Becerra and local booter Mohammad Ibrahim.
And Sheikh Russel KC will play Brothers Union on Friday at 8pm at the same venue.
The Federation Cup champions Bashundhara Kings made a flying start in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football beating Uttar Baridhara by 2-0 in the opening match on Wednesday.
Bangladesh Football Federation Senior Vice-President Abdus Salam Murshedy inaugurated the 12th edition of the league at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
The star-studded Kings made a good start in the league after clinching the season’s curtain-raiser meet Federation Cup title with an unbeaten record.
Argentine striker Raul Oscar Becerra and local booter Mohammad Ibrahim scored for the 2018-19 league champions Bashundhara.
Raul, who shared the top scorer’s trophy in the just concluded Federation Cup Football with Saif SC’s Kenneth, put the Kings ahead with a header in the 35th minute of the day’s match.
Later, Mohammad Ibrahim confirmed the Kings’ victory scoring one more goal in the 55th minute.
Ibrahim emerged as the first local booter to score a goal for the Kings this season, breaking the 100% domination of their foreign footballers in the Federation Cup.
However, Uttar Baridhara Club fought neck-and-neck with their mighty opponent Kings – who failed to impress the fans despite winning the match 2-0.
Raul Becerra alone spoiled two good chances in the match.
The six times champions Dhaka Abahani will play Bangladesh Police in the next league match on Thursday at 4pm at the same venue.
The league matches will be held at four venues in Dhaka and nearby areas, including two new ones.
The venues are Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium, Cumilla’s Shaheed Dhirendranath Stadium, Tongi’s Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium and Munshiganj’s Bir Shreshtha Motiur Rahman Stadium.
However, all the six first-round matches will be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium during January 13-18.
The country's most prestigious domestic soocer meet, the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football '2020-21, is scheduled to begin Wednesday (Jan 13) at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Federation Cup champion Bashundhara Kings will play Uttar Baridhara Club in the opening match scheduled to kick-off at 4pm.
The 12th edition of the league will be held this year in four venues, including two new venues in Tongi and Munshiganj.
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The venues are -- Bangabandhu National Stadium (Dhaka), Shaheed Dhirendranath Stadium (Cumilla), Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium (Tongi) and Bir Shreshtha Motiur Rahman Stadium (Munshiganj).
All the six first round matches from January 13-18 will be played at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) in Dhaka.
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The first thee matches will start at 4pm while the last three matches will kicks- off at 8pm due to athletics meet at BNS.
Storm Filamena played its role in the 18th round of matches in La Liga as Real Madrid missed a chance to go top of the table on Saturday.
Heavy snow of over 50 centimeters made it impossible for league leaders Atletico Madrid to entertain Athletic Club Bilbao, whose plane was unable to land at Madrid airport, and the pitch at Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was also unplayable under a deep blanket of snow.
That meant a win for Real Madrid away to Osasuna would have taken them top of the table.
However, the Madrid expedition was beset with problems, with their flight delayed for three hours on Friday night due to a frozen runway.
The pitch in Osasuna's El Sadar had been kept playable by a team of 40 workers, although it snowed before, during, and after a game that Zinedine Zidane's side controlled while creating few chances.
After the final whistle, Zidane complained the game should not have gone ahead, although midfielder Tony Kroos disagreed, arguing that conditions were the same for both teams.
FC Barcelona, meanwhile, had no weather issues to contend with in Granada, where two goals each from Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave them their third away win in a week to move up to third place in the table.
After Marc Andre Ter Stegen made a great save from Antonio Puertas in just the second minute of the game, Barca took control with Griezmann opening the scoring following Roberto Soldado's mishit clearance and Messi doubled the lead with a trademark left-foot shot in the 34th minute before netting his second from a free-kick four minutes before halftime.
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Griezmann's quick feet helped him net a second in the second half and Granada's misery was complete when Jesus Vallejo was sent off 12 minutes from time.
There was bright sunshine in Seville where Yousef En-Nesyri scored a hat-trick in Sevilla's 3-2 victory at home to Real Sociedad.
It was 2-2 after just 14 minutes as the Moroccan scored twice in the first six minutes only for a Diego Carlos own goal and Alexander Isak twice pulled Real Sociedad (who have only one win in 11 games) level, but En-Nesyri's quick movement saw him score what would be the winner in the first minute of the second half.
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With Getafe's trip to Elche postponed 24 hours due to the weather, there were only three games on Sunday.
Goals from Gonzalo Melero after 65 minutes and a tap in from Jose Luis Morales following a break 10 minutes later saw Levante come back from a goal down at home to Eibar after Takashi Inui had put the visitors in front 10 minutes into the second half.
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Cadiz overcame 10-man Alaves to claim just their second home win of the season. Alex Fernandez opened the scoring from close range in the 14th minute, and although Joselu equalized from the penalty spot eight minutes later, Alves was reduced to 10 men after Alberto Rodriguez was sent off in the 49th minute allowing Lozano and Alvaro Negredo to seal a 3-1 win for Cadiz.
Carlos Soler's 76th-minute goal saw Valencia win 1-0 away to Valladolid to give under pressure Valencia coach Javi Gracia an important boost following his side's 4-1 Copa del Rey win away to Yeclano in midweek.