Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football, scheduled to begin on November 30, has been deferred by more than one month due to ensuing 11th parliamentary elections.
Now, the league will begin in the first week of January.
Following appeals of the participating clubs, the BFF Professional Football League Committee took the decision at a meeting at the BFF board room on Sunday with committee chairman and BFF senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy MP in the chair.
The meeting also decided to start the Independence Cup Football Tournament on November 30.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited will play three times champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the first semifinal of Walton Federation Cup football on Monday after a one-week recess at the country’s premier sports venue -- Bangabandhu National Stadium.
The match will kick off at 5 pm. Channel 9 will telecast the match live.
Studded with national stars, big-budgeted newcomers Bashundhara Kings will play the 2nd semifinal against Sheikh Russel KC on Tuesday at 5 pm at the same venue.
The 10th times champions sky-blue popular Dhanmondi outfit Dhaka Abahani Limited need just two wins to celebrate their hat-trick championship while Sheikh Jamal, which were eliminated from the last year’s meet losing to Dhaka Abahani in the semifinal, are now ready to take revenge of their defeat.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club smartly booked a seat for the semifinals with unbeaten runs beating Nofel SC 2-1, drew 1-1 with Bashundhara Kings and Dhaka Mohammedan SC in group matches and eliminated Saif SC 2-1 in the quarterfinal.
On the way to the semifinals, Dhaka Abahani beat Muktijoddha SKC 1-0 and conceded 0-1 defeat against Sheikh Russel KC in group affairs and beat Arambagh KS 3-2 in the quarterfinal.
Milan, Nov 18 (AP/UNB) — Portugal drew with Italy 0-0 on Saturday to pick up the point it needed to qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals and confirm it as host of the first Final Four in June.
Ronaldo is taking a break from the national team and wasn't present at San Siro, just as he wasn't in Portugal's first two Nations League matches — both of which they won.
"There's a lot of satisfaction at having reached the final phase," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.
"It was a difficult match, much more than we thought it would be. When we had the ball it was difficult to build and that was merit to Italy and demerit to us. Italy had a great game."
Poland has already been assured of finishing last in Group A3 and will be relegated to League B, and Italy will finish second.
All three expressed interest in staging the finals so the winners of the group were always assured of being host. Portugal proposed Porto's Estadio do Dragao and the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes as host venues in their bid dossier and they are expected to be ratified by UEFA at a meeting of its executive committee on Dec. 3, when the draw will also take place.
Despite failing to qualify for the finals, there are positive signs for the Azzurri a year after Italian football's darkest moment.
Italy dominated and had the better of the chances in front of a packed crowd in Milan but ended with a sixth successive home draw. The Azzurri have also scored only twice in four matches in the competition — but only conceded as many.
"I don't think there's so many problems up front, it's a question of five centimeters here, 10 there," Italy coach Roberto Mancini said.
There was a lot of good interplay from the hosts with crisp, efficient passing in the best performance seen by an Italy side in a long time.
It was a far cry from Italy's last match at San Siro, when it drew with Sweden 0-0 last November and failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.
"Little by little we'll manage to sort out the attack, too," Mancini said. "Having so much possession in their half is something very significant. We're a step further ahead than we thought we'd be. We have to resolve this small problem (of scoring) but we will."
The fans are also starting to fall back in love with the Azzurri, with 73,000 spectators at San Siro.
Sweden kept alive its hopes of promotion with a 1-0 victory at Turkey, which was relegated to League C.
Andreas Granqvist netted the only goal with a second-half penalty after Okay Yokuslu brought down Marcus Berg.
Sweden will be promoted on Tuesday if it beats Russia, which leads Group B2.
Scotland will win Group C1 if it beats Israel on Tuesday following a 4-0 victory over 10-man Albania in Tirana.
Ryan Fraser scored his first international goal shortly before Albania captain Mergim Mavraj was sent off.
Steven Fletcher doubled Scotland's tally from the penalty spot, and James Forrest netted a second-half double.
Serbia beat Montenegro 2-1 despite Aleksandar Mitrovic missing a penalty and will win Group C4 if it beats Lithuania on Tuesday.
Lithuania lost 3-0 at Romania, which will go up if it beats Montenegro and Serbia fails to win.
Kosovo beat Malta 5-0 and Azerbaijan beat the Faroe Islands 2-0. The teams set up a winner-takes-all clash when they meet on Tuesday in Group D3, although a draw would be enough for Kosovo.
The Nations League also offers a second chance to qualify for the European Championship in 2020. The 16 group winners in Leagues A, B, C and D — or the next best-placed teams who have not already qualified via the European qualifiers starting in March — will progress to the playoffs to compete for the last four qualifying places.
Milan, Nov 17 (AP/UNB) — A year after its stunning elimination by Sweden in a World Cup playoff, Italy is back at the San Siro stadium for another potentially decisive match.
The Azzurri have to beat Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal on Saturday and then hope the European champion does not defeat Poland three days later in order to reach the UEFA Nations League finals.
"We would like to advance, and we'll try to, but the No. 1 objective remains qualifying for the European Championship," coach Roberto Mancini said on Friday.
Portugal leads Group 4 with a perfect six points, Italy has four, and Poland one.
The group winner advances to the Final Four in June. Poland is already assured of finishing last in the group and will be relegated to League B.
Mancini was hired after previous coach Gian Piero Ventura was blamed for Italy's failed World Cup qualification.
"I see a team that wants to roll its sleeves up and bring Italy back where it belongs," Mancini said. "Let's be clear, we still need some time, but we're on the right path."
Defender Giorgio Chiellini is slated to make his 100th appearance for Italy while wearing the captain's armband.
"I want to celebrate the achievement only at the end of the match," Chiellini said. "First let's focus on Portugal, try to bring home three points and provide continuity to the good work done to this point."
Chiellini retired from the national team in the aftermath of the loss to Sweden but then changed his mind.
"The real disappointment came in June when many of my club teammates left for Russia while I was preparing my suitcases for vacation," Chiellini said.
Fellow defender Alessio Romagnoli left Italy's squad on Friday with a muscular injury, and Italy is also without forward Federico Bernardeschi.
Bernardeschi was a key performer in the 1-0 win over Poland last month, lining up alongside Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa.
Unable to use the same lineup, Mancini announced that Ciro Immobile will likely start at center forward.
Italy has had trouble scoring.
The last time the Azzurri scored more than one goal was in May, a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in a friendly , while the last time they accomplished the feat in a competitive match was in June 2017, a 5-0 victory over Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier.
Italy next plays the United States in a friendly in Genk, Belgium, on Tuesday.
Mancini announced Chiellini, Alessandro Florenzi, Jorginho and Insigne would be sent home after the Portugal game and Gianluca Mancini and Moise Kean would be called up from the under-21 side.
Mancini and Chiellini both expressed disappointment that Ronaldo, who is taking a break from the national team, isn't with Portugal.
"It's always great to face the best players," Mancini said. "Anyhow, Portugal remains a great squad even without Cristiano."
London, Nov 17 (AP) — Brazil extended its winning streak since the World Cup to five after Neymar scored a controversial penalty to beat Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly at Emirates Stadium on Friday.
After defender Danilo fouled Uruguay defender Diego Laxalt, Neymar calmly placed his 76th-minute spot kick to the right side of the Uruguay goal as goalkeeper Martin Campana dived the wrong way.
The Uruguay players were furious at the decision and accused Danilo of diving. Referee Craig Pawson took a while before pointing to the spot and did so only on the advice of one of his linesman.
"It's a shame that it comes down to a bit of a controversial situation," Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. "It was the linesman that flagged for it."
Though the five-time world champion enjoyed a lot of possession, Brazil failed to create many chances after Neymar had a close-range goal disallowed as early as the 11th minute.
Uruguay, which has lost three games in a row, went closest to scoring before Neymar's winning penalty.
Striker Luis Suarez took advantage of a loose ball on the edge of the Brazil penalty area but his shot was flicked over the bar by goalkeeper Alisson.
Brazil had its goalkeeper to thank again in first-half injury time when he parried away a sharp volley from Suarez's forward partner, Edinson Cavani.
Alisson was called upon again early in the second half when he dived to his left to turn a low curling free kick from Suarez behind for a corner.
This was the first time Suarez and Cavani have played together since the World Cup round of 16, where Cavani was injured after he scored the two goals that beat Portugal 2-1. Cavani's absence was noticeable when the two-time world champion was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual champion France.
Brazil coach Tite was particularly impressed by his defense, which has not conceded a goal since the quarterfinal loss to Belgium in the World Cup.
He heaped praise on the Uruguay strikers, too, especially Cavani.
"Cavani does make marking hard and he gives Suarez space," he said.
Brazil plays Cameroon next in Milton Keynes, north of London, while Uruguay takes on world champion France at the Stade de France. Both matches are on Tuesday.