Defender Mitchel Bakker needed only one minute to impress in his first start for Paris Saint-Germain, when his cross led to an own goal in a 6-1 win at Dijon on Wednesday in the French Cup quarterfinals.
The 19-year-old Dutchman came up through the prestigious Ajax junior teams and plays as an attack-minded left back. He had only made one substitute appearance for PSG prior to this game.
But he seized his opportunity, sprinting down the wing and hitting a firm cross toward striker Edinson Cavani that was turned into his own net by Dijon defender Wesley Lautoa.
Striker Kylian Mbappé, center half Thiago Silva and winger Pablo Sarabia — twice — also scored for PSG, with another Dijon own goal from defender Senou Coulibaly.
Bakker was involved in the build up to Sarabia's first strike, while forward Mounir Chouiar netted for Dijon to make it 1-1.
PSG joined Cup holder Rennes in the last four.
The U.S. men's national team urged the U.S. Soccer Federation to sharply increase pay of the American women and accused the governing body of making low-ball offers in negotiations with the men.
The union for the women's team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF that is scheduled for trial starting May 5 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The women agreed to a collective bargaining agreement in April 2017 that extends through 2021. The men's labor contract expired at the end of 2018.
"The women's 2017-2021 deal is worse than the men's 2011-2018 deal," the men's union said in a statement Wednesday. "The federation continues to discriminate against the women in their wages and working conditions. ... What we believe should happen is simple. Pay the women significantly more than our recently expired men's deal. In our estimation, the women were due at least triple what our expired deal was worth in player compensation."
The men claimed the federation wants their pay to stay at the same level as in their expired contract.
"It's a desperate attempt to cover up the fact that what they did to the women in 2017 is indefensible," the statement said.
Carlos Cordeiro, who succeeded Sunil Gulati as USSF president in February 2018, did not respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.
The men said they issued their statement because "the federation has been working very hard to sell a false narrative to the public and even to members of Congress. They have been using this false narrative as a weapon against current and former members of the United States women's national team."
Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players involved in the lawsuit, issued a statement on behalf of women's star Megan Rapinoe: "Our great hope is that 2020 will be the year of equal pay. We are grateful for the support of our male colleagues, and also for the overwhelming solidarity from millions of fans and sponsors around the world who have stood with us to fight USSF's discrimination.
"Achieving equal pay is so much bigger than our team and our playing fields — women in work forces everywhere deserve equality now."
The men claimed "the federation insisted the women sign a 2017-21 deal that was worse financially than the men's soon-to-expire 2011-18 CBA that had been negotiated six years earlier." They said "the correct comparison should be between what the women got with their 2017-21 deal and triple what the federation agreed to pay the men in 2011 or whatever the men negotiate in their new CBA that will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019."
They urged fans to write to Congress and to "tell the federation's sponsors you will not support them until the federation starts doing the right thing and gives the women a new CBA that pays a fair share of the gate receipts and television and that sponsorship revenue to the players."
Dhaka Abahani Ltd made an early exit from the preliminary stage of the AFC Cup after playing out a goalless draw with Maziya Sports & Recreation Club of the Maldives in their away match at the National Stadium in Male on Wednesday.
The first-leg match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on February 5 ended 2-2.
Maziya SRC qualified to next stage of the AFC Cup by virtue of two away goals in Dhaka.
In the day’s crucial match in Male, touring Dhaka Abahani and hosts Maziya SRC tried their best to score but failed and the result was enough for Maziya SRC to reach qualification stage.
Abahani Ltd played well and created many good chances but failed to convert.
In the 81st minute, Abahani winger Rubel Miya missed a good chance to score. Abahani’s Haitian forward Belfort gave a square pass to Rubel in the box, but Rubel sent the ball outside from a vintage position to the frustration of sky-blue fans.
Belfort himself missed a golden chance to score in the 56th minute.
Abahani goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel made a few brilliant saves foiling the attacks of Maziya.
In the 45th minute, Sohel saved a powerful shot of his opponents.
But he made mistake in the 71st minute when Abahani were lucky not to concede a goal.
Hosts Maziya also missed two good chances in the 59th and 79th minutes, when their forwards failed to send the ball home despite being in good positions.
After regulation time, players of both the teams lost their temper.
Players and officials of both the teams got involved.
The 12th edition of the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), country’s most prestigious football competition, gets underway Thursday (February 13) with opening day fixtures at three venues across the country.
Defending champions Bashundhara Kings will take on Uttar Baridhara Club in the opening match at 3:15 pm at their home venue--Sheikh Kamal National Stadium in Nilphamari on Thursday.
Three times champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will face Chittagang Abahoni at Bangbandhu National Stadium in Dhaka at 6:30 pm while former champions Sheikh Russel KC will play Brothers Union Club at their home at Sylhet District Stadium at 6:30 pm on the day.
The thirteen participating teams are : Bashundhara Kings, Dhaka Abahani Limited, Sheikh Russel KC, Saif Sporting Club, Sheikh Jamal DC, Dhaka Mohammedan SC, Chittagong Abahani, Arambagh KS, Brothers Union Club, Muktijoddha Sangsad KC, Rahamatganj MFS, Bangladesh Police FC and Uttar Baridhara Club.
Top team will be the BPL champions while two bottom teams in the points table will be relegated to the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL).
Dhaka Abahani is the most successful team in the league having secured the BPL title six times featuring a hat-trick of the championship in the first three seasons.
Defending BPL champions Bashundhara Kings, who won the title convincingly in their inaugural appearance in the country’s top flight football division, have already proven their worth by lifting the first trophy on offer in the current season, in the form of the the Federation Cup. That signaled their intent to retain the BPL title as well.
The Spanish coach of Bashundhara Kings Ocsar Bruzon said, “We want to start the league with win. Uttar Baridhara Club got promoted to the country’s top league from Bangladesh Championship League (2nd tier of BPL), but we are considering them as good opponent. However we want to clinch the top slot of the league from the very beginning.”
The Kings coach believes his team are well-capable of retaining the title. “This season will be more competitive than last year. We are more experienced and well prepared this time also,” he added.
The 13-team BPL Football will be held at seven venues across the country with Dhirendranath Stadium of Cumilla named as a new venue. It will serve as home venue of Dhaka Mohammedan SC.
Besides, Sheikh Russell KC opted Sylhet as their home venue, holders Bashundhara Kings retained Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari as their home venue, Saif Sporting venue opted Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh, Muktijoddha KS Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj, Chittagong Abahoni MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram.
Dhaka Abahani Ltd, Brothers Union, Sheikh Jamal DC, Arambagh Krira Sangha, Bangladesh Police FC and Uttar Baridhara opted for Bangabandhu National Stadium as their home venue.
Roll of Honour
Season Champions Runners Up
2007 Dhaka Abahani Mohammedan SC
2008-09 Dhaka Abahani Mohammedan SC
2009-10 Dhaka Abahani Mohammedan SC
2010-11 Sheikh Jamal Muktijoddha Sangsad
2012 Dhaka Abahani Muktijoddha Sangsad
2012-13 Sheikh Russel Sheikh Jamal DC
2013-14 Sheikh Jamal DC Dhaka Abahani
2014-15 Sheikh Jamal DC Sheikh Russel
2015-16 Dhaka Abahani Chittagong Abahoni
2016-17 Dhaka Abahani Sheikh Jamal
2018-19 Bashundhara Kings Dhaka Abahani
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for about six months after undergoing surgery to repair a hamstring tear, missing the rest of the season and the European Championship with France.
Dembele underwent the operation on his right leg in Finland, Barcelona said Tuesday.
Dembele was hurt in practice last week just as he entered the final stages of his recovery from the hamstring injury that had kept him sidelined since November. Tests showed a complete rupture of a tendon in his right thigh.
It was just the latest of several muscle problems for the 22-year-old forward since he joined the Catalan club in 2017. He has missed more than 60 matches because of the injuries.
The recovery time from the surgery makes Dembele unavailable for Euro 2020, which begins in June.
Barcelona is second in the Spanish league, three points behind Real Madrid. The team's next game is Saturday at home against third-place Getafe.