Dhaka, July 20 (UNB)- Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club defeated Chattogram Abahani Limited by 2-0 goals in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday.
Gambian striker Ebou Kanteh and his compatriot Solomon King Kanform netted one goal each for Sheikh Jamal DC.
Kanteh opened the account for Sheikh Jamal in the 5th minute while Solomon King Kanform doubled the margin in the 37th minute (2-0).
In the day’s another match, Arambagh Krira Sangha outplayed Rahmatgonj MFS by 6-3 goals at Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh.
Cameroonian forward Paul Emile Biyaga and midfielder Mohammad Arifur Rahman scored two goals each while Matthew Chinedu and Mohammed Shaharier Bappy scored one goal each for Arambagh KS.
Striker Siyo Zunapio Jeancy of Congo, midfielder Sohel Rana and Rakibul Islam netted one goal each for Rahmatganj MFS.
Despite day’s well-merited victory, Arambagh KS remained at the 5th slot securing 30 points from 22 matches while Rahmatgonj MFS remained at the 10th slot with previous collection of 19 points from 21 matches,
On the other hand, Sheikh Jamal DC also remained at the previous 6th slot securing 27 points from 22 matches while Chattogram Abahani remained at the 7th slot with previous collection of 23 points from 21 matches.
Madrid, July 20 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has refused to be drawn on his club's pursuit of Manchester United's French international midfielder Paul Pogba.
Speaking to the press ahead of his side's first friendly game of pre-season in Houston, the United States on Saturday, Zidane was asked over the chase for the World Cup winner, who would supposedly command a price close to 200 million U.S. dollars.
"We have to respect the way things are," said Zidane. "At the club we know what we want and what could happen until August 31st. We can make changes until then with people leaving and also arriving."
Although he insisted in "respecting" the current situation, Zidane did admit that Real Madrid, "has a plan and we will see what will happen... What will happen in the future will happen. We know what we want to do and we are working on it," he commented.
Zidane also commented on new signing Eden Hazard, who will make his debut against Bayern Munich on Saturday night (U.S. time).
"We know what kind of a player he is and we expect him to be important. Hazard is a player who can make a difference and that is very important in football these days. I am certain he will give us something extra," said Zidane.
Carson, Jul 20 (AP/UNB) — LA Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic said before Friday's meeting with rival Los Angeles FC that he was "by far" the best player in Major League Soccer and was "like a Ferrari among Fiats".
Those comparisons included scoring leader Carlos Vela.
As usual, the forward backed up his words on the field.
In a matchup between the league's top two scorers, Ibrahimovic scored his second hat trick in MLS and led the Galaxy to a 3-2 victory in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.
"I have a lot of respect for Vela, he is a good player but you did one mistake, you compare him to me. That was your biggest mistake," Ibrahimovic said after the game.
Ibrahimovic — who is second in the league with 16 goals — scored in the eighth, 56th and 70th minutes. His first MLS hat trick came last season against Orlando City.
The 37-year-old Swedish star has played his best against in the rivalry nicknamed "El Trafico". He scored two goals last year in his Galaxy debut last March, which was also the first-ever meeting against LAFC, and has six goals in four matches against Bob Bradley's team.
Vela scored twice for LAFC, which lost for just the third time in 21 matches this season. The forward has 21 goals in 20 games and is the fastest to reach 20 goals in a season in MLS history.
LAFC (14-3-4) leads MLS with 46 points and has been a juggernaut since joining MLS last season. But the one thing it has not been able to do is defeat its rival 12 miles to the south. The Galaxy have a 2-0-2 edge in El Trafico.
"You play against certain teams and there is a guy that is a strong personality," Bradley said. "We have to take our football and make it so strong that at the end of the day we don't deal with all sorts of questions about him."
Besides temporary bragging rights — the two teams meet again on Aug. 25 — the Galaxy (12-8-1) moved into second place in the Western Conference with 37 points — have two wins while the other two ended in ties.
LAFC opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Vela converted on a penalty kick. Vela drew the penalty when Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham came off his line and upended the forward near the goal.
Ibrahimovic evened it four minutes later when he got the feed from Julian Araujo, split defenders Walker Zimmerman and Eddie Segura and fired a shot from the top of the box that beat LAFC goalie Tyler Miller.
Ibrahimovic then gave the Galaxy the lead 11 minutes into the second half when he took a crossing pass from Diego Polenta, went over Jordan Harvey and headed it into the net.
He completed the hat trick 14 minutes later with a blast from 21 yards out off Favio Álvarez's pass.
"I always come in with a lot of confidence and belief. When I go out on the field I feel the responsibility," Irbrahimovic said. "The outcome was perfect."
Vela brought LAFC within a goal in the 97th minute off Eduard Atuesta's assist.
Buenos Aires, July 20 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Argentina World Cup-winning coach Carlos Bilardo is being treated in intensive care with complications related to Hakim-Adams syndrome, according to a medical report.
The 81-year-old was admitted to the Argentine Institute of Diagnosis in Buenos Aires on July 4 due to a "deterioration in his underlying disease", the hospital said in a statement.
Hakim-Adams syndrome is a degenerative condition caused by fluid becoming trapped on the brain. It can cause memory loss, disorientation and a loss of balance, among other symptoms.
Bilardo has been hospitalized several times in the past 18 months, having twice undergone surgery to drain blood and puss from around the brain.
He was Argentina's head coach from 1983 to 1990, and was in charge when the Albiceleste won the World Cup for a second time in Mexico in 1986.
A former Argentina youth team midfielder, Bilardo also had spells as head coach of Sevilla, Boca Juniors and Colombia's national team in a coaching career that spanned more than three decades.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) - Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt had made up his mind to join the Serie A champions even before Cristiano Ronaldo asked him about a potential move to Italy, the teenager said on Friday, reports The Indian Express.
Juventus announced the signing of the 19-year-old on Thursday, landing one of the most sought-after young players in world soccer from Ajax Amsterdam for 75 million euros ($84.39 million).
The Netherlands international said last month that he had been asked by Portugal’s Ronaldo following the Nations League final about linking up in Turin.
“After the final I was already sure I wanted to join Juve … it was a big compliment to have Ronaldo ask me to join … but it didn’t make the difference,” De Ligt told reporters in his first news conference as a Juve player.
“I spoke to (manager) Maurizio Sarri just to get to know each other. He was one of the reasons I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defence.”
De Ligt, who captained his former club in their thrilling run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, said he did not feel any additional pressure after becoming one of the most expensive defenders in the world.
“Pressure is normal in football. For me it’s not a problem. I’ll show what I’m capable of on the pitch,” he added.
“I’m 19, I can still improve and I want to do that. It’s important to work hard every day and to learn and I hope to become a better player.”
“Juventus is a great forward step for me. In Holland there’s a lot of building from the back and defending high up the pitch. Italy is more about zonal marking and defending together, I think that Juve can help me and I can help them.”