Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Bangladesh will play the Maldives in their first Group-A match of the SAFF U-15 Championship on October 27 at 3:30 at the ANFA complex in Kathmandu.
Bangladesh, which is placed in Group A of the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship with the Maldives and hosts Nepal, will play Nepal on October 29, also at 3:30 pm in the remaining group encounters at the same venue, according to a revised fixture of the tournament.
India will meet their arch-rival Pakistan in the inaugural match on October 25 at 11:30 am at the same venue while the Maldives will face Nepal in the other opening day’s fixture at 3:30 pm on Thursday (Oct 25).
Pakistan, which is put in Group B with India and Bhutan, will play Bhutan at 11:30 am on October 27 while India will meet Bhutan on October 29 at 11:30 am.
Both the semifinals will be held on November 1 while the final match will commence on November 3 at 3:30 pm at the same venue.
Ahead of the SAFF, Bangladesh U-15 team made their practices here on Sunday.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Bangladesh Women’s Football team, now in Tajikistan to compete in the Group D matches of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers, made their practices Sunday morning under supervision of team’s Technical & Strategical Director Paul Thomas Smalley and Head Coach Golam Robbani Choton at artificial training ground of Dhusambe Stadium in Tajikistan.
Bangladesh team, which was placed in Group D of the AFC meet along with Asian giant South Korea, Chinese Taipei and hosts Tajikistan, will play South Korea in the opening match on October 24, face Chinese Taipei on Oct 26 and hosts Tajikistan on Oct 28, all in the Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe.
Mishrat Jahan Mousumi, will lead the Bangladesh team, mostly consists of the players SAFF U-18 Champions Bangladesh team while Maria Manda made her deputy in the AFC meet in Tajikistan.
During the day’s one and half long practice session, Bangladesh team made hard practice with ball possession, shooting practices and tactical training ahead of their first match against tough rival South Korea on Oct 24, according to a message received here from Bangladesh Football Federation Sunday evening.
Touring Bangladesh team, also scheduled to make walking session Sunday afternoon, individual players development programme and gym at the Hotel Atlas in the evening, apart from team meeting.
Bangladesh Coach Choton informed that all players are fully fit and with a sound health despite of a long journey and they are now in fresh and happy mood.
After winning two consecutive trophies of AFC U-16 Championship at home and SAFF U-18 Championship in Bhutan, Bangladesh have to face a tough challenge against Asian giant South Korea and looking for runners-up position to qualify for the next round as the best two runners-up of the six Asian groups.
Milan, Oct 21 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues.
It wasn't enough on Saturday to maintain Juventus' perfect start to the season.
Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit in the United States, scored in the 1-1 draw against Genoa. It was his fifth Serie A goal in nine matches.
Ronaldo has 311 goals in La Liga for Real Madrid, and 84 in the English Premier League for Manchester United.
Juventus won all of its previous 10 matches across Serie A and the Champions League. Though Juve's lead in Italy was cut to four points after Napoli won at Udinese 3-0, coach Massimiliano Allegri believed this result would help his side for arguably its toughest test yet, Manchester United on Tuesday in Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford.
"We drifted out of the game after a good start to the second half and, instead of making it 2-0, we let them make it 1-1," Allegri said. "This isn't good, because it's with matches like this that titles are lost. After 10 minutes of the second half we were already thinking about Manchester. We needed to have more focus.
"But it's a draw that serves us well. It'll get our feet back to earth and help us understand that, to win matches, you need sacrifice and hard work."
Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit last month in Nevada state claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police also reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo had last weekend off while Juventus was idle during the international break. Normally the star of his national team, he was left off Portugal's squad.
Less than 20 minutes in on Saturday, he scored. There was a miscommunication between Genoa goalkeeper Ionut Radu and his defender on Joao Cancelo's cross from the left, allowing Ronaldo a simple tap-in at the far post.
Genoa's first goal at Juventus since January 2013 came from Daniel Bessa with a header in the 67th minute.
It was a memorable first match back in charge for Ivan Juric, who returned to Genoa for his third spell as coach.
The substitutes made the difference at Udinese.
Fabian Ruiz replaced the injured Simone Verdi in the opening minutes and the midfielder scored his first Napoli goal in the 13th, curling a stunning 20-yard strike into the top right corner.
Dries Mertens doubled Napoli's lead from the spot eight minutes from time after Udinese substitute Nicholas Opoku handled Jose Callejon's effort.
There was still time for Marko Rog to score, just 40 seconds after coming off the bench.
Napoli visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Roma fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to 10-man Spal, which won at the Stadio Olimpico for the first time in Serie A in 53 years.
Roma went into the international break with four straight wins in all competitions while Spal had lost its last four.
However, the visitors took the lead shortly before halftime when Andrea Petagna converted a penalty after Manuel Lazzari was fouled by Luca Pellegrini.
Spal doubled its advantage 11 minutes after the break as Kevin Bonifazi headed in a corner at the near post.
Spal goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic — the younger brother of Lazio midfielder Sergej — did brilliantly to fingertip Pellegrini's effort onto the bar but swiftly went from hero to villain.
Milinkovic-Savic was booked for time-wasting and he received a second yellow card seconds later for petulantly throwing the ball away, leaving Spal with 10 men for the final 15 minutes.
However, it clung on for its first win at Roma in the top flight since 1965.
Roma hosts CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Barcelona, Oct 21 (AP/UNB) — Lionel Messi broke his right forearm on Saturday and will be sidelined for about three weeks, a major setback for him and Barcelona right before some important games.
Messi will miss playing Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, and the clasico against Real Madrid next weekend. He'll miss three others, including the return game against Inter.
"It's a significant loss. We will notice his absence," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.
"We've played without him in the past. We will be prepared to overcome this."
Messi was hurt in the first half of Barcelona's 4-2 win against Sevilla at Camp Nou Stadium. He was trying to reclaim the ball when he ran into the back of Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez and fell in the 17th minute. Trying to cushion his landing, Messi's right elbow bent badly.
He was in visible pain and was treated by team doctors. They wrapped his elbow with bandages and the playmaker tried to continue, but he eventually left the field.
Messi was taken to a clinic and the club said tests showed a "fracture of the radial bone."
The playmaker scored the team's second goal with a shot from outside the area in the 12th.
He's the team's leading scorer with seven goals in the league after nine matches.
He was replaced by Ousmane Dembele on Saturday.
"We'll see how we will play without him," Valverde said. "We will try to maintain our style."
Munich, Oct 20 (AP/UNB) — Leading figures at German champion Bayern Munich hit out angrily against the media for its reporting of the club's recent loss of form, even threatening to take legal action if necessary.
Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president Uli Hoeness and sport director Hasan Salihamidzic appeared together Friday to speak out against what they consider unfavorable media coverage.
Rummenigge labelled some of the criticism aimed at Bayern "derogatory, slanderous reporting" as he addressed a packed news conference.
After winning the past six titles, the 28-time German champion is sixth in the Bundesliga and has not won its past four matches overall.
"Today is an important day for Bayern Munich because we are telling you we will not put up with it anymore," Rummenigge said.
"Polemic seems to know no boundaries anymore ... This applies to the media, it applies also to experts, and it applies above all to experts who once played football for this club."
Rummenigge even cited Article 1 of Germany's basic law: "The dignity of man is sacrosanct."
The Bayern officials complained against "outrageous" criticism of club stalwarts Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels following Germany's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands last week.
Former Bayern player Olaf Thon, now a TV pundit, said Boateng and Hummels were playing "old-man football" in the side's central defense. Thon, a skillful midfielder who played for Bayern from 1988-94 stood by his criticism.
Bayern started the season well under new coach Niko Kovac, with seven straight wins in all competitions, has been the subject of critical coverage for its lackluster play in recent games. Kovac's side has appeared flat and labored and was humiliated 3-0 at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach before the international break.
Kovac, a former Bayern midfielder in his first big coaching role, has struggled for answers on how to turn the side's fortunes around, and there was speculation over his future before Rummenigge and Hoeness belatedly backed their coach.
Hoeness also slammed the media for its coverage.
"It's time that the most important club in Germany positions itself," he said. "We will not accept any disrespectful and irreverent criticism anymore."
Hoeness himself previously accused former Germany international Mesut Ozil of "playing like dirt for years" and Bayer Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi of being "insane" for a challenge he made on Bayern defender Rafinha.
"I should not have said that," the 66-year-old Hoeness acknowledged on Friday.
Bayern plays at Wolfsburg on Saturday.