Bangladesh under-16 boys relished a historic win on Sunday, beating Qatar 2-0 in the Group E match of the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers. In FIFA rankings, Qatar’s position is 111 notches ahead of Bangladesh. Hosts Qatar stay at 85th position while Bangladesh are at 196.However, Bangladesh teens did not look like underdogs in the last night’s match. Dipok Roy and Faisal Ahmed Fahim scored in the second half of the match at Doha's Grand Hamd Stadium to beat the hosts Qatar 2-0. Both teams came into the match after being defeated by group favourites Yemen. While Qatar were defeated 6-1 by Yemen, Bangladesh lost against Yemen 0-2 on Friday.
Neymar is gearing up for his final training session as a Barcelona player as his drawn-out move to Paris Saint-Germain edges closer to completion. The Brazilian, Goal understands, will be present on Wednesday to be put through his paces along with the rest of the Blaugrana squad. But it will be the final time he practices with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, and he will use the opportunity to say goodbye to his team-mates ahead of his introduction as PSG's world-record signing. The deal is now expected to be finalised before the end of the week, with all in place for a rapid final resolution of terms. Neymar's move to PSG has become the transfer saga of the current window, surrounded by conflicting reports and assertions leaving his future unclear. Just last week, Gerard Pique had stated in no uncertain terms that the forward was staying, although Neymar himself has long kept his silence on the matter. What is clear is that when the move does go through, he will become the world's most expensive player ahead of previous record holder Paul Pogba. PSG are expected to meet the full cost of Neymar's €222 million release clause to force Barca into a sale, an outlay that dwarfs that which brought the French midfielder to Old Trafford. Additionally, Neymar is reported to earn €30 million per year as the Ligue 1 side's new marquee name, with father Neymar Sr. said to be expecting his own €40m windfall as part of the deal.
Cristiano Ronaldo said that his "numbers don't lie" after his goals helped Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side beat Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff. Strikes in each half took Ronaldo to 105 Champions League goals as Real became the first side since AC Milan in 1990 to win back-to-back cups. "This is one of the best moments of my career but it seems I am able to say that every year," he said. "People won't be able to criticise me because the numbers don't lie." Juventus were on top for large periods of an entertaining and open first 45 minutes, as Ronaldo's opener was cancelled out by Mario Mandzukic's superb overhead kick. But Real were dominant after the break as goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo again and substitute Marco Asensio sealed a 12th European Cup win and a third in four seasons. Ronaldo has now scored at least twice as many Champions League goals as any other player in the quarter-finals (20), semi-finals (13) and finals (4). He has won the Champions League on four occasions and has now scored 11 more goals in the competition than Barcelona's Lionel Messi - his nearest challenger. Success capped an incredible start to management for former Real playmaker Zidane, who last month guided the club to a first La Liga title since 2012 and became the first French coach to win the Champions League twice. "I feel like dancing," he said. " I consider myself a man of this house (Real Madrid). "This club is really in my heart and we are going to enjoy this. Today is a truly historic day for Real Madrid, for all Madrid fans."
The hosts prevailed over their neighbours 4-2 after remaining deadlocked one-all in 90 minutes of normal time at the Sylhet District Stadium on Tuesday. Having won all their group matches, Bangladesh became the undefeated champions in this edition of the tournament. After a goalless first half, Bangladesh took the lead in the first minute after the break. Midfielder Mohammad Shawon's cross into the box found Fahim Morshed who fired it into the back of the net. India equalised in the 62nd minute with Avinash Morajkar's long-range effort. Bangladesh kept pressing high up the pitch as the game headed towards the shootout. In the first ten minutes of the match, the teams were more focussed on possession rather than attack but the wet and slippery field made it difficult for the players. After the visitor's goalkeeper fended off Morshed's shot from inside the box in the 23rd minute, Bangladesh launched a wave of attacks but failed to breach the Indian defence. The holders’ attacks relied on long passes in the remainder of the first half but Bangladesh held them off with timely interceptions. Shawon broke down the left flank to cross and it brushed the head of a defender on its way to Morshed in a melee. He turned and fired to break the deadlock. Bangladesh, who beat India 2-1 in the group tie, pressed high up the pitch in a bid to extend the slim lead. They almost did so when Saad Uddin surged through and found himself in the box with only the goalkeeper to beat, but his shot lacked power. They survived a scare when goalkeeper Faysal Ahmed made an amateurish mistake in the 59th minute. He picked the ball with his hands after his teammate had passed it back to him. India scored from the free kick inside the box but it was ruled out for an offside. The visitors, however, soon equalised with midfielder Avinash's spectacular goal from outside the box. The teams desperately looked for a winner in the remaining time. India's Mohammad Shahjahan and Morshed both shot over the post from close range as the partisan crowd held their breath. There was more drama as a power failure plunged the stadium into darkness in the injury time. Play resumed 10 minutes later, and the referee soon blew the whistle for penalty shootout. Bangladesh's Morshed and Jahangir Alam Sajeeb scored from the first two shots of the tiebreaker while Sourav and Mohammad Rakib drew level for India. The hosts went ahead again through Atiquzzaman Atiq but India’s Abhijit Sarkar hit the woodwork. Saad Uddin, too, scored from Bangladesh's fourth spotkick while Faysal dived to his right and held on to Saqlain Khan's shot to spark wild celebrations around the country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has congratulated the Bangladesh colts on their historic triumph.
Angel di Maria scored twice as Argentina crushed Paraguay 6-1 early on Wednesday BdST in Concepcion to book their place in the final of the Copa America against hosts Chile. Defender Marcos Rojo and midfielder Javier Pastore gave them a 2-0 lead within the first half hour, both goals set up by an inspirational Lionel Messi. Paraguay pulled a goal back through Lucas Barrios before half-time. But the Argentineans ran riot in the second half as Di Maria scored twice in six minutes before strikers Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain added their fifth and sixth. Argentina will meet Chile in final in Santiago early on Sunday BdSt while Paraguay will face Peru on Friday in the third-place play-off.
It was the second tournament in succession that Paraguay have beaten Brazil on penalties at the quarter-final stage after 2011 when they went on the reach the final. The face Argentina on Wednesday BdST for the second time in the tournament, having fought back from two goals down for a 2-2 draw in the teams' opening group match. Gonzalez netted the decisive Paraguayan penalty with the fifth spot kick having scored his team's equaliser during normal time. Robinho started and finished a fine move in the 15th minute to put Brazil ahead before Gonzalez equalised with 20 minutes to go when he converted a penalty after a hand ball by Thiago Silva. "Unfortunately, our game dropped in the second half," said Robinho. "We had chances to kill the game off. "Paraguay with all respect aren't one of the best sides. We didn't kill the game and unfortunately we lost a goal with a silly mistake and we lost." Brazil, who had won 12 of their previous 13 matches since Dunga took charge after last year's World Cup, had more possession in the first half and weaved some good attacks but Paraguay were quick and dangerous on the break. Paraguay became more adventurous in the second half and winger Edgar Benitez soon won a free kick when he was brought down by Dani Alves, though goalkeeper Jefferson parried the ball away from Roque Santa Cruz's attempt. With an hour gone, Jefferson made a diving reflex save from centre back Paulo Da Silva's header and later made a similar save from Gonzalez in a counter-attack. Paraguay captain Justo Villar then had to make a scrambling save from a Philippe Coutinho shot as Brazil piled on late pressure. In the shootout, the writing was on the wall for Brazil from their second penalty which was put wide by Everton Ribeiro and another substitute, Douglas, missed their fourth to give Paraguay two penalties to settle the outcome. Santa Cruz then skied his penalty, Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil hope by netting his but Gonzalez made no mistake. Hosts Chile meet Peru in Tuesday's other semi-final.
The defeat was Brazil's first in 12 matches and the first game coach Dunga had failed to win since taking over following their disastrous 2014 World Cup. The scrappy game threw up few clear chances but Colombia put away the one that mattered to get the win over their illustrious rivals and record only their second victory in 10 Copa America encounters against the five-times world champions. Colombia were the better side throughout with defender Murillo seizing on a loose ball to get the all-important goal nine minutes before half time after a Juan Cuadrado free kick had bobbled around in the box. Scuffles broke out at the end of the match and Neymar and Bacca were both shown red cards. The Brazilian had already been given a yellow and will miss Brazil's next match against Venezuela and probably at least one more game. The striker was a different man from the one who turned on the style in previous matches for club and country and his team mates blamed the referee for singling him out. "Referees need to show Neymar more respect," Willian told television reporters after the game."He is always being targeted." Brazil's Roberto Firmino should have equalised 13 minutes into the second half but he skied a golden chance over the bar with the goal gaping. The result leaves Colombia and Brazil tied at the top of Group C along with Venezuela, who play Peru on Thursday.
The Argentines looked to be cruising to victory thanks to first-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi from the penalty spot. However, striker Nelson Haedo Valdez pulled a goal back for the Paraguayans on the hour with a cracking long-range shot before second-half substitute Barrios earned his side a point with a fierce drive in the final minute. "A good Paraguayan side never gives up and we proved that again today," Haedo Valdez said. "Even if we're not as good as they are as individual players, as a team we're better." In the first half we couldn't string two passes together but in the second we knew we had nothing to lose and we grew in confidence. This is like a victory for us." Argentina's early dominance was such that the game looked to be over as a contest by the break. They enjoyed 75 percent of first-half possession and had seven shots on goal without reply. Aguero put them ahead in the 29th minute, sprinting on to an underhit backpass from defender Miguel Samudio and rounding the goalkeeper before stroking the ball into the empty net. Minutes later, Samudio's night went from bad to worse when he was harshly judged to have pulled down Angel di Maria in the box. Messi tucked away the resulting penalty for his 47th goal for his country. But the Paraguayans looked like a different side in the second half, and after Haedo Valdez scored their first they poured forward in search of an equaliser. With time running out, Nestor Ortigoza lobbed a freekick into the box, defender Paulo da Silva nodded it down and Barrios slammed the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net to level the scoreline. Argentina face defending champions Uruguay in their next match in La Serena on Tuesday while Paraguay face Jamaica in Antofagasta on the same day.
Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a simple finish into the empty goal. Brazil forward Neymar and Chile's Alexis Sanchez were the standout players for their sides but were often wasteful after dazzling build-up play in a full-blooded game punctuated by a host of fouls and heavy challenges. Brazil, who beat France 3-1 last week, have won all eight matches under coach Dunga since finishing fourth in last year’s World Cup on home soil and they have now lost just seven times in 70 games against south American rivals Chile. Brazil dumped Chile out of the World Cup’s last-16 with a 3-2 victory on penalties in their last meeting and horns, flags, balloons and a fervent carnival atmosphere greeted kick-off in north London. The mercurial Neymar -- long burdened with the hopes of a nation -- cut a frustrated figure in the opening stages as he was hounded by Chile’s rugged defence. At the other end Arsenal’s effervescent talisman Sanchez, a former team mate of Neymar's at Barcelona, flicked, tricked and turned his way through Brazil’s midfield but rarely had a clear sight of goal. Neymar was left writhing on the floor midway through the half after an apparent stamp by Gary Medel in an incident which encapsulated a fractious opening that had simmered rather than sparkled. Neymar’s teasing free kick evaded desperate lunges from Souza and Miranda before Douglas Costa blazed over. In a more open start to the second half Sanchez twice went close with speculative free kicks as Chile began to assert their authority on proceedings. But largely against the run of play Firmino was released to nervelessly score the game’s solitary goal. Hoffenheim forward Firmino snatched at a chance for his second and Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson had to be alert to parry Matias Fernandez’s free kick for Chile who are hosting this year's Copa America.
Only a magnificent performance by goalkeeper Joe Hart saved City from a heavy defeat and Sergio Aguero's feeble late penalty miss proved insignificant for the outclassed English champions. "I expected City as they played. It was a game with a lot ofchances where we could have finished it off a lot earlier," Barca coach Luis Enrique told reporters. "We got what we wanted which was to go through to the next round and I am happy with the display. We played well and this is a big boost for us at this stage of the season. " Messi has been in blistering form and he delighted the home fans in a packed Nou Camp by relentlessly teasing the City players with his party tricks. Holding the advantage from the first leg, Barca could afford to sit back and hit the Premier League side on the break. Cool lob City struggled badly in defence against Barca's pace and movement and the breakthrough came after 31 minutes when Messi found Rakitic who coolly lobbed the ball over Hart. Barca hit the woodwork through Neymar and Luis Suarez, and keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved Sergio Aguero's weak penalty in a victory that enabled the Spanish side to reach the quarter-finals for a record eighth successive year. It was the second straight season that City have been knocked out by Barcelona at this stage and meant there will be no English representative in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition. City’s hopes depended on having a tight defence, but under-fire centre back Vincent Kompany gifted the hosts a golden chance after five minutes, when Dani Alves stole the ball and set up Neymar whose shot came back off the post. Messi had a shot from a tight angle saved by Hart and the Barcelona forward line were on the receiving end of some wild challenges as City tried to keep them at bay. Barca increased their stranglehold on the tie when Messi found Rakitic in space to score and Suarez ran through on goal but was denied by a post. The hosts continued to create clearcut chances in the second half with Neymar missing an excellent opportunity with just the keeper to beat after 75 minutes. Barca were guilty of sitting on their lead and could have been punished had City been more clinical. Gerard Pique was adjudged to have fouled Aguero with 12 minutes to play but Ter Stegen saved the Argentine's tame spot-kick and snuffed out City's last hope of launching a comeback.