Eight teams advanced to the 3rd round of the Walton Smart Fridge-Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) six-a-side Media Cup Football Tournament eliminating their rivals at the Shaheed (Capt) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Wednesday.
The teams are: The Daily Sun, GTV, Amader Shomoy, Ajkaler Khabor, Naya Diganta, Manab Zamin, Jagonews24.com and Dainik Jugantor
In the day’s 2nd round matches, The Daily Sun beat ATN News by 1-0 goal, GTV defeated Nagarik TV by 4-3 goals in tie breaker, Amader Shomoy outplayed Sangram 3-0, Ajkaler Khabor beat Jababdihi 1-0, Naya Diganta beat Ittefaq 1-0, Manab Zamin defeated Inqilab 1-0 and Jagonews24.com outplayed Sangbad 3-0.
In the day’s another fixture, Dainik Jugantor got walkover against Channel 1
However, DRU Media Cup Football Tournament has been suspended from March 19 to March 31 due to outbreak of deadly Corona Virus. Fresh schedule of the tournament will be announced later.
Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia, who worked with Atletico Portada Alta, has died from novel coronavirus, reports NDTV. He was 21. He was suffering from leukemia which made him vulnerable against the virus and he was taken to the Regional Hospital of Malaga with severe coronavirus symptoms where he passed away on Sunday, reports goal.com. Garcia had served as Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta's youth team manager since 2016 and has now become the fifth and the youngest victim to have died from the coronavirus in the region.
A statement from the club read: "From Atletico Cotada Alta we want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and relatives of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately, unfortunately, today.
"And now what do we do without you, Francis? If you were always with us when it was necessary, helping us and giving your all. How are we going to continue conquering winning in the league? We don't know how, but surely we will, for you. We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Forever."
Segunda outfit Malaga CF also expressed their condolences to Garcia's friends and family in a short message on Twitter, stating: "From the club, we want to convey to Atletico Portada Alta our deepest condolences for the loss of one of their coaches, Francisco Garcia, as well as send a warm hug to his family and friends. Together we must stop COVID-19."
Major football leagues in Spain have all been suspended indefinitely to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed over 6,000 lives across the world.
UEFA formally proposed postponing the 2020 European Championship for one year on Tuesday because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The new tournament dates will be June 11 to July 11, the Norwegian soccer association announced during a conference call that UEFA hosted with its 55 national member federations.
The UEFA executive committee was due to make a formal decision in a separate consultation immediately after the members' session.
An busy day of back-to-back calls for UEFA began with a session based on club soccer's challenges to complete the current season that is now on hold.
Euro 2020 was scheduled to start on June 12 hosted by 12 different countries from Ireland to Azerbaijan, and Russia to Italy. A one-year postponement became UEFA's favored option last week. It would clear several weeks in the congested calendar to complete domestic league and cup competitions, plus the Champions League and Europa League.
Still, it is far from clear when the public health crisis could ease enough for European soccer to emerge from its near-total shutdown.
The freeze on games has put broadcasting deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars on hold and could lead to the 2019-20 season being annulled in some competitions.
UEFA's first call was with leaders of the European Club Association and European Leagues groups, plus the FIFPro players' union.
Completing domestic league seasons would allow titles to be awarded and decide entries for the next Champions League and Europa League. The first qualifying games are already scheduled for late June.
If resuming the season is possible, UEFA's options to complete this season include playing the quarterfinals and semifinals as single games instead of over two legs where each team has a home match.
The Champions League final is scheduled for May 30 in Istanbul, but the Turkish city could also be asked host the semifinals in a mini-tournament at a later date.
Sixteen of UEFA's members are involved in the Euro 2020 playoffs, which were scheduled to be played on March 26 and 31. They will decide the last four entries in the 24-nation final tournament.
Postponing Euro 2020 has also created a backlog of national team games in a packed calendar managed by FIFA.
The June 2021 was occupied by the UEFA Nations League final tournament of four teams, plus the start of FIFA's inaugural 24-team Club World Cup. It is due to be hosted in China and feature eight European clubs but no broadcasting or sponsor deals have yet been announced.
FIFA has not commented on revising its Club World Cup plan.
Qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are also scheduled for June 2021 in most European countries. There is currently no space in the calendar to reschedule all those games, and a reduced qualifying program will likely be considered.
However, any cuts in national team matches will impact member federations' revenue and centralized broadcasting deals managed by UEFA.
Eight teams have reached to the 2nd round of the Walton Smart Fridge-Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) six-a-side Media Cup Football Tournament after winning their first round matches at the Shaheed (Capt) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Monday.
The teams are: Ekattor TV, Radio Today, Bangla Vision, GTV, New Age, Khola Kagoj, Ittefaq and New Nation.
In the day’s matches, Ekattor TV beat Samakal by 3-2 goals, Radio Today defeated Korotoa 2-0, Bangla Vision beat Dhaka Times 2-0, GTV defeated UNB 2-0, New Age overcame BSS 1-0 and Khola Kagoj beat Asian TV 1-0.
In the day’s other two fixtures, Daily Ittefaq and The New Nation got walkover as their opponents did not appeared in the field in time.
Legendary footballer Ashrafuddin Ahmed Chunnu, general secretary of Bangladesh Roller Sketing Federation Asiful Hassan, DRU President Rafiqul Islam Azad, among others, distributed the day’s best player awards.
After a recess on Tuesday, eight 2nd round matches will be held on Wednesday morning at the same venue.
Wednesday’s matches: Nagarik TV vs GTV (8:30 am), Daily Sun vs ATN News (9 am), Sangram vs Amader Shomoy (9:30 am), Channel 1 vs Jugantor (10 am), Ajkaler Khabor vs Jababdihi (10:30 am), Naya Diganta vs Ittefaq (11 am), Inqilab vs Manab Zamin (11:30 am) and Jagonews vs Sangsad (12 noon).