Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) – Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Tuesday announced a 31-member preliminary squad of Bangladesh National Football team for Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament beginning on October 1 at Sylhet District Stadium.
The much-talked about custodian Shahidul Alam Sohel, who was responsible for conceding the first goal against Nepal in the just concluded SAFF Suzuki Cup Football, was not considered in the preliminary squad.
National teams of six countries—Palestine, the Philippines, Loas, Tajikistan, Nepal and hosts Bangladesh will compete in the 12-day meet at three venues—Bangabandhu National Stadium (Dhaka), Sylhet District Stadium (Sylhet) and Bir Shrestha Ruhul Amin Stadium (Cox’s Bazar).
The residential training camp of the team begins on Thursday (Sept 20) at Hotel La Vince in Kawran Bazar in the capital.
Selected players have been asked to report to Team Manager Satyajit Das Rupu on Thursday at 5 pm with their kits.
Preliminary squad of Bangladesh team: Ashraful Islam Rana, Anisur Rahman, Rasel Mahmud, Mahfuzur Rahman Pritom (Goal Keeper), Bishwanath Ghosh, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Topu Barman, Waly Faisal, Sushanta Tripura, Rahmat Miah, Nasiruddin Chowdhury, Yeasin Khan, Ariful Islam (Defender), Mamunul Islam Mamun, Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Jamal Bhuiyan, Masuk Miah Zoni, Biplo Ahmed, Emon Mahmud (Mid-Fielder), Rabiul Hasan, Jafar Iqbal, Mohammad Saaduddin, Sohel Rana, Faisal Mahmood, Mohammad Ibrahim (Winger), Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Shakawat Hossain Rony, Nabib Newaz Jibon, Towhidul Alam Sabuz, Motin Miah and Jabed Khan (Forward).
Southampton, Sep 18 (AP/UNB) — Glenn Murray converted a penalty in injury time for Brighton to recover from two goals down to draw with Southampton 2-2 in the English Premier League on Monday.
Shane Duffy was fouled by Southampton substitute James Ward-Prose, leaving Murray to roll the ball down the middle for his fourth goal of the season.
Pierre Hojbjerg's drive from distance and a penalty from Danny Ings appeared to put Southampton on course for successive league wins for the first time since April 2017.
Duffy began the comeback heading in a free kick.
Liverpool, Sep 18 (AP/UNB) — Facing fresh vilification for his diving, Neymar should find a more sympathetic audience in the Champions League this week, even admiration.
"I don't think he is a person who wants to act," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said ahead of Tuesday's game against Paris Saint-Germain, "because if you are like that you cannot play the football he plays."
Given how the Brazil forward can be targeted by opponents, Klopp understands why he might go down too easily.
"When I saw a few games at the World Cup I know people were talking about that when it looked like he made more of a situation than it was," Klopp said on Monday. "That is a completely normal reaction because players were really going for him and he wants to protect himself and I understand that as well.
"If an opponent gets a yellow card then he is much closer to a red card so I see if from that perspective. I thought it is smart that he saves himself."
Neymar is making the trip to Anfield for his most high-profile game since the World Cup, where he was ridiculed for some playacting.
"He obviously gets kicked a lot," said Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who was at the World Cup with England. "So he needs to try and use it as best he can."
Neymar was booked for going down easily under minimal contact in a friendly last week against El Salvador. That incident came despite a post-World Cup apology for some of his exaggerated reactions after being fouled in Russia, where he rushed back into action three months after breaking a foot.
"We don't go for him against us," Klopp said. "We play football and we want to win the ball. We don't try to act in these kind of things; we try to avoid passes to him, try to avoid him winning challenges which is a big job to do.
"I am not sure if it is 100 percent possible to avoid his qualities. I am pretty sure it is not. He is a fantastic footballer, an outstanding player."
Neymar is also well rested for PSG's group-stage opener in the Champions League. PSG's squad is so strong that Neymar — and Kylian Mbappe — were left out of the team last Friday and Saint-Etienne was still beaten 4-0.
"He will be 100 percent fresh for us," Klopp said. "He is not injured anymore, so we will see the full Neymar football package."
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – Hosts Bangladesh made a flying start in Group F of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship crushing gulf nation Bahrain by 10-0 goals in their first match at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur here on Monday.
Bangladesh emerged champions in the AFC U-16 Championship two years back in Dhaka to qualify for the prestigious final round of the Asian meet.
In the day’s other match, Lebanon earned the 2nd consecutive victory beating United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 6-3 goals at the same venue Monday morning featuring a hat-trick by Assaf with four goals.
By virtue of the day’s well merited victory, Bangladesh were in the 2nd slot in the five-team fray securing full three points from first match while Bahrain suffered the 2nd consecutive defeat to remain at the bottom of the group without any points. Lebanon dominated the Group F with full six points from two matches.
In the day’s match, Shamsunahar Junior, skipper Maria Manda and Anuching Mogini scored two goals each while Anai Mogini, Sajeda Khantun, Shamsunnahar Sr and Tohura Khantun netted one goal each for Bangladesh.
In the remaining Group matches, Bangladesh will play Lebanon on September 19 at 11:30 am, the UAE on September 21 at 3:30 pm and face Vietnam in the last group match on September 23 at 3:30 pm.
Earlier on Saturday, Lebanon made a flying start in the meet outplaying Bahrain by 8-0 goals in opening Group F qualifier while favorite Vietnam got off a 4-0 win against United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the other opening day’s fixture at the same venue.
Milan, Sep 17 (AP/UNB) — After finally getting off the mark for Juventus in the league, Cristiano Ronaldo has his sights set on his favorite competition: the Champions League.
Ronaldo was under pressure after three games without scoring for Juventus since his move from Real Madrid, but he broke his mini-drought with two goals in Sunday's 2-1 win over Sassuolo in Serie A.
Next up for Juventus and Ronaldo is a trip to Valencia on Wednesday as the Champions League kicks off this week.
"I feel like that's my home. It's the competition that I love the most," Ronaldo said. "Let's hope we have some luck, it will be a difficult group but I can't wait."
Juventus has won the Serie A title for the last seven seasons — and the league and Italian Cup double for the past four — but has struggled to transfer that domestic supremacy to the European stage.
Juventus hasn't won Europe's premier club competition since 1996, although it has reached the final twice in the past four editions. Splashing out a Serie A record 112 million euro (then $131.5 million) for Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, sent out a message of its intent to go one step further this time around.
Ronaldo certainly revels in the Champions League. Not only has he won the trophy four times in the past five seasons, but he is also the competition's leading scorer with 120 goals.
And he appears to be getting into his stride at Juventus at just the right time.
His first goal was a simple tap-in but that appeared to unburden Ronaldo, who had played nearly 320 minutes of competitive football for Juventus without scoring, and he doubled his tally 15 minutes later.
That second goal showed the understanding that is developing between Ronaldo and his new teammates. Douglas Costa sparked a swift counterattack and picked out Emre Can, who spotted Ronaldo's run and set up the Portugal forward for a diagonal shot.
Valencia knows what a scoring threat Ronaldo can be: he scored 15 goals in 18 appearances against them for Real Madrid.
Also in Group H are Swiss team Young Boys and Manchester United — the club with which Ronaldo won his first Champions League title in 2008.
While Ronaldo may have found his scoring touch, two Serie A clubs have yet to find the back of the net.
Bologna and Frosinone have not scored in four matches and each club has one point, having played out a 0-0 draw last month.
Yet those clubs aren't last in the Serie A standings as they each have two more points than Chievo Verona, which was deducted three points for false accounting.
COSTA'S UGLY EPISODE
Juventus looked brighter when Douglas Costa was introduced shortly after the hour mark and he started the move which led to the Bianconeri's second goal.
However, the Brazil international faces at least a three-match ban after being sent off in stoppages after video review spotted he spat at Sassuolo midfielder Federico Di Francesco.
Shortly before the spitting incident Costa had also raised an elbow at the same player and attempted a head-butt.
"I was ugly, I am aware of that and I apologize to everyone for that," Costa said in an apology posted on Instagram. He notably did not mention Di Francesco in his message.
More than a year after its inception in the Italian league, video technology is still causing issues.
Torino was furious when it had an early goal incorrectly disallowed during Sunday's 1-1 draw at Udinese.
Television replays showed Alex Berenguer was onside when he headed in but as the whistle had already been blown, VAR could not be used.
"Last year we were punished in so many matches and we didn't do anything because they told us that we need to wait for the system to grow," Torino director Gianluca Petrachi said. "But now? This year I expected something different.
"The referee blew the whistle right when the ball was going into the goal without even waiting for the action to be completed. We had 400 meetings in which it was always told to us that you can't blow the whistle while the ball is going into the goal ... I'm for VAR in every sense but if we have it and we don't use it, making shoddy errors, I don't know what to think."
Inter Milan was also upset during a 1-0 loss to Parma when opposing defender Federico Dimarco appeared to handle the ball when clearing off the line against Ivan Perisic.
Referee Gianluca Manganiello communicated with the VAR official but opted not to view the footage and waved play on.
Dimarco — who could have been sent off — went on to score the winner.