Dhaka, Sep 6 (UNB) – Bangladesh have almost assured a semifinal berth in the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup with a 1-0 goal victory against Pakistan in a hard-fought Group A match under floodlight and amid huge cheers from some 18,000 crowd at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.
Veteran defender Topu Barman scored the match winner for Bangladesh by a close range cool header that kissed the Pakistani net through the right corner.
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With the feat, Bangladesh topped the group list with all-win record securing full six points from two matches after making a 2-0 win over Bhutan, which have already been eliminated from the meet.
Despite the defeat, Pakistan also remained in the race for the semifinal with three points from two matches with a 2-1 win over Nepal in the tournament opener.
Pakistan have a chance to reach the semifinals if they could manage a win against Bhutan and Bangladesh either beat Nepal or draw in their next group matches, both on Saturday (September 8).
In the day’s match, Pakistan defended almost all the time with quick counterattack strategy while Bangladesh continued the forceful game by keeping 61.1 percent ball position.
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Bangladesh missed some chances in the second half. In the 69th minute, Masuk Miah Zoni took a header from the centre of the box off a Waly Faisal cross but went high and wide to the right post.
Forward Biplu Ahmed took a right-footed shot from outside the box, but the ball went straight to the grip of the goalie in the 58th minute.
Pakistan forward Muhammad Ali took a right-footed shot from the centre of the box only to go over edging the top right corner of the crosspiece in the 55th minute.
Pakistan captain Saddam Hussain missed a chance in the 46th minute as his right-footed shot from outside the box went high and wide to the right.
Earlier in the first half, Bangladesh started to play a forceful game after 10 minutes and made an attempt in the 29th minute as forward Saad Uddin’s right-footed long shot from the left flank went high and wide to the left off a Topu Barman pass.
The hosts continued pressing game and missed two chances as midfielder Masuk Miah Zoni’s right-footed shot from outside the box was blocked by Pakistani defence in the 40th minute before forward Mahbubur Rahman’s right-footed shot from more than 35 yards missed the left in the 42nd minute.
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Pakistan created a couple of quick counterattacks in between 20-30 minutes, but Bangladesh defenders foiled all their efforts.
Bangladesh goalie Sahidul Alam saved the post in the 9th minute as he foiled Pakistani forward Muhammad Ali’s header from inside the box, fisting the ball over the crosspiece.
Bangladesh brought two changes in the playing eleven as Shakhawat Hossain Rony and Emon Mahmud came in replacing injured Mahbubur Rahman and Biplu Ahmed respectively.
Pakistan also brought two changes in their playing eleven as Saadullah Khan and Faheem Ahmed replaced injured Mehmood Khan and Muhammad Adil respectively.
Masuk Miah Zoni fouled Pakistani forward Mehmood Khan in the 40th minute and got a yellow card.
Topu Barman was shown a yellow card for excessive celebration pulling off the jersey after scoring the match winning goal.
Pakistan defender Mohsin Ali was shown the yellow card as he committed foul with defender Bishwnath Ghosh.
Points table after each sides playing out two matches:
Team Match Win Loss GF GA GD Points
Bangladesh 2 2 0 3 0 +3 6
Nepal 2 1 1 5 2 +3 3
Pakistan 2 1 1 2 1 +1 3
Bhutan 2 0 0 0 6 -6 0
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Touring Sri Lanka Air Force team beat Bangladesh Air Force team by 3-1 sets in a friendly volleyball match at the volleyball ground of BAF Base Bangabandhu on Thursday.
Air Officer Commanding of BAF Base Bangabandhu Air Vice Marshal M Shafiqul Alam witnessed the match as the chief guest and later he distributed prizes among the teams.
Senior officers, airmen and other members of Bangladesh Air Force were present on the occasion.
Sri Lanka Air Force volleyball team arrived here on September 3 in a tour aimed at strengthening the existing friendly relationship between BAF and SLAF.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Himalayan nation Nepal keep their semifinal hope alive from Group A of the seven-nation 12th SAFF Suzuki Cup’2018 thrashing Bhutan by 4-0 goals in their 2nd group match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Nepal, which suffered 1-2 goals defeat against Pakistan in the opening match on Tuesday, smartly returned to the winning path playing with a purpose and accomplished their mission with a dominating victory over Bhutan, who eliminated from the meet with two successive defeats after 0-2 loss against hosts Bangladesh in first appearance
Bogota, Sep 5 (AP/UNB) — Colombia coach Jose Pekerman let his contract run out after six years and two World Cups with the team.
Pekerman's deal ended last Friday, and the Argentine's decision not to extend the contract was confirmed by Colombia Football Federation president Ramon Jesurun on Tuesday.
Arturo Reyes was appointed as interim coach for friendlies on Friday against Venezuela then on Tuesday against Argentina. Both games are in the United States.
Pekerman led Colombia to its first World Cup in 16 years, in 2014 in Brazil, and the team reached the quarterfinals.
He qualified Colombia again for the World Cup in Russia, where they were knocked out in the round of 16 by England in a penalty shootout.
Jesurun said last week he hoped the 69-year-old Pekerman would lead the team's effort to qualify for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
"My Colombian daughter must be sad, but I leave with happiness for having people's support," Pekerman said after meeting with the federation.
"There has been a lot of damage to Colombia with all these rumors and conjectures. I said it when I arrived, we need to work together, support the national team to achieve great things. There is a hard path that has been walked and we need to keep up the great work."
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – Defending champions India started their seven-nation 12th SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 campaign in style beating Sri Lanka by 2-0 goals in the opening Group B match at the country’s premier sports venue-- Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
With the day’s victory, the 7-times SAFF champions India clearly dominated the group list securing full three points from first match while Sri Lanka yet to open the account losing their opener.
In the remaining Group B matches, Sri Lanka will play the Maldives on Friday (Sept 7) at 7 pm while India will face the Maldives on Sunday (Sept 9), also at 7 pm, both at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
In the day’s lone match, Ashique Kuruniyan and Lallianzuala Chhangte scored for the holder India, one in each half.
India continued to put pressure from the very beginning and found the success in their fourth attempt in the 35th minute as midfielder Ashique Kuruniyan’s left footed ground shot from the right wing kissed the left corner of Sri Lankan net after carrying the ball from midfield, off a through pass of Sumit Passi (1-0).
Midfielder Lallianzuala Chhangte doubled the Indian margin in the 47th minute by a left footed shot from a difficult angle, off a Germanspreet Singh pass (2-0).
Sri Lanka saved three attempts of Indians forward Farukh Choudhary in the second half.
Choudhary’s header from the center of the box in the 88th minute, was saved in the bottom right corner, a right footed shot from outside the box was saved in the bottom left corner in the 81st minute and a left footed shot from the center of the box was saved in the center of the goal post.
India missed two opportunities in the 66th minute as Nikhil Poojari’s right footed shot from the center of the box went wide, following a corner.
Sumit Passi missed an opportunity in the very fourth minute. Passi took a right footed shot from the center of the box, receiving a cross from Ashique Kuruniyan, but his shot was saved by goalie Sujan Perera in the right corner of the post.
India kept 59 percent of ball control for the win while Sri Lanka hardly could manage chances with the ball control of 41 percent.
Sri Lanka took two successive fruitless attempts in the 17th and 18th minutes by midfielders Mohamed Rifnaz and Hewage Kavindu Ishan respectively.
Rifnaz right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but missed to the left from a direct freekick while H K Ishan’s right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Sri Lanka brought three changes in their playing eleven as Nicholus Harsha Fernando, Asela Madushan and Sasanka Dilhara Jayasekara came in replacing injured Subash Madushan, Afeel Mohamed and Sajith Kumara Mendis respectively.
India brought changes in the second half with calling Nikhil Poojari, Manvir Singh and Vinit Rai to replace Ashique Kuruniyan, Sumit Passi and Anirudh Thapa respectively.
Corners: India got 12 corners while Sri Lanka one.
Yellow Cards: Hewage Kavindu Ishan, Sujan Perera, Ashikur Rahman, Anuruddha Warakagoda[Sri Lanka]. Sarthak Golui, Ashique Kuruniyan [India].