A last moment goal by Brazilian booter Francisco Torres guided former champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd to the semifinal of the Walton Federation Cup Football eliminating Uttar Baridhara Club 1-0 at the Bangabandu National Stadium here on Monday.
Francisco Torres scored the match winning goal for the popular sky-blue Dhanmondi outfit Abahani in the 3rd minutes of the added time (90+3) in the day's 4th and last quarterfinal.
The forward was cautioned with a yellow card for taking off his jersey to celebrate scoring the match decider. However, he was adjudged the best player of the match.
Mario Lemos' boys earned the deserving victory in the day's match after spoiling a series good scoring chances.
The 11th times champions Dhaka Abahani will play defending champions Bashundhara Kings in the 2nd semifinal on January 7 at 4:pm while Saif SC will play their fellow port city team Chittagong Abahani Ltd in the first semifinal on January 6 at 4:pm at the same venue.
Earlier, star-studded Bashundhara Kings reach semifinal eliminating Sk Jamal DC 2-0, Saif SC booked a seat for semis overcoming Dhaka Mohammedan 7-6 in tie breaker while Chittagong Abahani reached the last four stage beating Sheikh Russel 2-0 in their respective quarterfinals.
Holders Bashundhara Kings reached the semifinal of the 32nd Federation Cup Football, eliminating former champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by 2-0 goal at the Bangabandu National Stadium here on Sunday.
Argentine forward Raul Oscar Becerra and Brazilian winger Robson Silva scored for the big- budgeted Bashundhara Kings, one in each half, in the day's 3rd quarterfinal to reach the last four stage of the season's curtain raiser soccer meet.
Defending champions Bashundhara Kings will play the 2nd semifinal on January 7 at 4:pm against the winners of Dhaka Abahani and Uttar Baridhara Club, who will meet each other in the 4th and last quarterfinal on Monday (January 4).
Formidable Saif SC, which eliminated Dhaka Mohammedan SC by 7-6 goal in sudden death session of the tiebreaker in the 2nd quarterfinal on Saturday, will play their fellow port city team Chittagong Abahani Ltd in the first semifinal on January 6 at 4:pm at the same venue.
In the day's match, Argentine forward Raul Becerra put Kings ahead in the 10th minute by a neat finishing, utilizing an accurate cross of Brazilian booter Jonathan (1-0).
Brazilian footballer Robson sealed the fate of the match scoring the 2nd goal for the Kings in the 89th minute from a free kick (2-0).
Kings awarded the free kick just outside the danger zone as Sheikh Jamal custodian Mamun Khan fouled onrushing one of the Kings forward.
Earlier, Robson spoiled two good chances in the match.
He failed to send the ball home finding helpless opponent goal keeper in the 68th minute and later his shot returned to play hitting the post.
Sheikh Jamal fought bravely against their superior rivals in the day's match, but failed to open the confident defense line up of the Kings.
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been hired as the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain, the French league giant announced on Saturday.
The Argentine, 48, who replaced Thomas Tuchel of Germany, penned a contract until June 2020, with the option of an extra year, reports Xinhua.
"We are very pleased to welcome Mauricio Pochettino as the first-team coach," said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chairman of PSG. "The return of Mauricio fits perfectly with our ambitions and it will be another exciting chapter for the club and one I am positive the fans will enjoy."
Pochettino played for PSG as a central defender between 2001 and 2003, scoring six goals in his 95 appearances.
"I am really happy and honored to become the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain," said Pochettino after signing his contract. "This club has always held a special place in my heart. I have wonderful memories, especially of the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes."
"I return to the club today with a lot of ambition and humility, and am eager to work with some of the world's most talented players."
After his retirement, Pochettino started his coaching career at Spanish club Espanyol in 2009, before moving to England to take the reins of Southampton between 2013 to 2014, and Tottenham from 2014 to 2019.
He established himself as one of the world's elite coaches at the north London side where he led the team to its first Champions League final in 2019, only to lose to fellow Premier League team Liverpool in the showdown.
He was sacked five months later as the club only ranked 14th in the Premier League three months into the new season, and replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Similarly, Tuchel was dismissed by PSG only four months after he guided the capital-based club to its first Champions League final, where it was defeated by German champion Bayern Munich 1-0.
Tuchel's final match in charge of PSG was a 4-0 win over Strasbourg on Dec. 23 before the winter break, leaving the Ligue 1 defending champion in third place on the table, one point off leader Lyon and second-placed Lille.
Pochettino will make his coaching debut for PSG on Jan. 6 when the side travel to Saint-Etienne in the league.
Saif Sporting Club moved into the semifinals of the 32nd Federation Cup Football beating Dhaka Mohammedan by 7-6 in the sudden-death tiebreaker on Saturday.
The nail-biting quarterfinals finished 2-2 in the stipulated 90-minute at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Saif Sporting frustrated the 10th champions Mohammedan with a 7-6 win in the sudden-death tiebreaker.
They will play their fellow port city team Chittagong Abahani in the first semifinals on January 6 at 4pm at the same venue.
The day’s crucial match saw three goals scored within the first 11 minutes when Saif SC was leading by 2-1.
Later, Souleymane of Mohammedan neutralised the match in the dying moments of the first half.
Atikuzzaman put The Black and Whites ahead in the second minute of the game while Emmanuel of Saif SC scored an equaliser in the seventh minute.
Next, Ikechikeu put Saif SC ahead, scoring the second goal for the side in the eleventh minute.
Souleymane levelled the match in the 44th minute, leading the match towards the tiebreaking session as both the teams failed to produce any goal in the extra time.
Both the teams spoiled one chance each in the first five attempts of the tiebreaker.
And in the sudden-death session, Mohammedan scored two goals from three attempts. But Saif SC did not make any mistake and won the match 7-6, converting the last three attempts successfully.
Sheikh Jamal DC will take on Bashundhara Kings in the third quarterfinals on Sunday while Dhaka Abahani will play Uttar Baridhara in the fourth quarterfinals on Monday at 4pm.
Chittagong Abahani Ltd smartly reached the semifinal of the season's curtain raiser soccer meet, the 32nd Federation Cup Football'2020, eliminating Sheikh Russel KC by 2-0 goals in the first quarterfinal at the Bangabandu National Stadium here on Friday.
After a goalless result in the stipulated 90-minute, Rakib Hossain (107th minute) and Mannaf Rabbi (114th minutes) scored one goal each for the port city team in span of only six minutes in the extra time.
Earlier, Brazilian forward Lopez deprived Sheikh Russel KC from a goal spoiling a penalty in the 60th minute that was brilliantly saved by Abahani custodian Nayem.
Besides, Kawser Rabbi of Ctg Abahani spoiled a good chance in the 86th minute, but he sent the ball to opponent custodian from a vintage position.
Former national forward cum day's substitute booter Toklis Ahmed of Sheikh Russel KC got the first marching order in the ongoing Federation Cup dying moment of the match as he roughly tackled Abahani forward Kawser Rabbi.
Chittagong Abahani Ltd will play the first semifinal on January 6 at 4:pm against the winners of Saif SC and Dhaka Mohammedan SC, who will meet each other on Saturday (Jan 2) at the same venue.
Sheikh Jamal DC will take on Bashundhara Kings in the 3rd quarterfinal on Sunday (Jan 3) while Dhaka Abahani Ltd will play Uttar Baridhara Club in the 4th quarterfinal on Monday (January 4), both at 4:pm.