Atletico beat Real Madrid, lift Super Cup

Super Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions, reported news agency. Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramos penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half. That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute opener in the Estonian ...

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Bangladesh women beat Nepal 3-0


MNA Sports Desk: Defending champions Bangladesh U-15 women’s team emerged group B champions with all-win record to reach the semifinal of the six-nation 2nd SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship. The Bangladeshi female booters beat Nepal by 3-0 goals in their 2nd and last group affairs at Changlimithan Stadium in Thimphu on Monday, reports news agency. Bangladesh will play hosts Bhutan in the 2nd semifinal on Thursday (16 August) at 7pm while group A champions India will play group B runners-up Nepal in the first semis at the same venue at 4pm the same day. Earlier, India clinched the group A crown ...

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Messi wins 33rd title as Barcelona wins Super Cup

33rd title

MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to become the most successful player in the Catalan club’s history, reported news agency. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league. Ousmane Dembele scored a late winning goal with a blistering strike from outside the area. The 21-year-old France winger stunned Sevilla’s defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when ...

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Messi succeeds Iniesta as new Barcelona captain


MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi was named as Barcelona’s captain following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta, while defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were named new vice-captains in a statement by the La Liga champions. Messi, Barca’s all-time top scorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club’s armband from Iniesta, who succeeded Xavi Hernandez as captain in 2015 but left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe in June. Midfielder Sergio Busquets was named first vice-captain, followed by Pique, who has been at Barcelona since 2008. It’s the first time Pique has been named a vice-captain at ...

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Bangladesh cricket team returns home

Bangladesh Cricket

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Team returned to the country on Thursday morning (August 9) after winning T20 Series 2-1 against West Indies at Lauderhill in Florida of USA. A flight of Emirates Airlines, carrying the team, landed at Shahjalal International Airport at 8:47 am. Although Bangladesh began the tour of West Indies on a frustrating mood, but they managed to overcome the situation and clinch the ODI series 2-1 over West Indies win away from home in nine years. The Tigers’ next assignment is the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in ...

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Abuse, ball-tampering threaten cricket’s DNA: ICC


MNA Sports Desk: Ball-tampering, verbal abuse and on-field confrontations are threatening the spirit of cricket and recent poor behaviour by players has to stop, International Cricket Council (ICC) boss David Richardson has said. Richardson also took aim at players claiming confusion over ball-tampering rules, saying the laws were clear and their complaints “disingenuous” in a speech at the MCC’s Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s. “The phrase ‘it’s just not cricket’ is not an accident, it’s because cricket’s DNA is based on integrity and people know that cricket represents something more than a game,” Richardson said. “We have seen too much ...

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Bangladesh beat West Indies to take T20 series


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have won the final T20 match against the West Indies to take the series 2-1. The Tigers won the final game by 19 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after rain interrupted play in the 18th over, reported news agency. The West Indies had needed 50 runs to win off 17 deliveries with three wickets in hand before the match was cancelled. Bangladesh won the toss Bangladesh time and decided to bat first. A whirlwind 61 by Liton Das helped the Tigers to 184/5 in the 20 overs. Liton Das was declared Man of the Match. ...

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Tigers win in last-over thriller


MNA Sports Desk: Another Bangladesh comeback, another major contribution from their seniors. Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal powered the visitors to a 12-run win against West Indies to bring them back level in the T20I series, reported news agency. Towards the end of the West Indies chase, Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam took three wickets each, but the win was set up by Tamim, who top-scored with a quickfire 44-ball 74, while Shakib complemented his half-century with figures of 2 for 19 from four overs, reports Shakib and Tamim added 90 runs for the fourth wicket. Tamim’s innings ...

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Bangladesh eye win in 2nd T20I


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh aim to win as they face West Indies in their crucial second T20I of the three-match series scheduled to be held on Sunday (Aug 5) at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida. The match will kick off at 6am. The Tigers will have to win the second match to save the series following their seven wickets defeat in the first T20I. Probable squads: Bangladesh – Mosaddek Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul ...

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Tigers lose 1st T20 against Windies


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies overcame an early scare in their chase to easily win the first T20 against Bangladesh by seven wickets after rain forced Wednesday’s match to be a curtailed-over affair, reported news agency. Once the Tigers made 143 for 9, a sudden downpour meant the game was slashed down to 11 overs, with the Windies side set a target of 91. Mustafizur Rahman struck twice in the second over to remove openers Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis to give Bangladesh hope, but Andre Russell hit an unbeaten 35 off 21 balls and Marlon Samuels fired 26 from ...

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Neymar admits ‘exaggerated’ reactions at WC


MNA Sports Desk: Ridiculed the world over for faking and diving during a disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia, Brazilian forward Neymar has admitted to “exaggerated” reactions saying he is still learning to deal with frustration. In a 90-second video made for his sponsor Gillette and published on social media accounts and Brazilian television, Neymar sought to win back fans who criticised his behaviour. “Studs on my calf, knee in my back, stamp on my foot,” he said. “You might think I exaggerate and sometimes I really do exaggerate. But the fact is that I suffer on the field. “There’s ...

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Rubel slapped with demerit point


MNA Sports Desk: Rubel Hossain received an official warning for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during the deciding ODI against the West Indies on Saturday, reported news agency. He was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. In addition to the reprimand, one demerit point has been added to the fast bowler’s disciplinary record. Rubel now has two demerit points after he had received one demerit point for showing dissent during ...

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Tigers win ODI series against West Indies


MNA Sports Desk: Tamim Iqbal scored another century and Bangladesh successfully defended 301 runs to beat the West Indies by 18 runs and win their one-day international series 2-1 on Saturday, reported news agency. Tamim made 103 from 124 balls and Mahmudullah a lusty 67 off 49 balls as Bangladesh finished on an imposing 301-6. After a good start by openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, the West Indies run rate slowed in the middle overs. Despite a fillip by Rovman Powell of 74 off 41 balls, the home side still fell short on 283-6. After being crushed in the ...

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Ozil racism row sparks #MeTwo debate


MNA Sports Desk: Thousands of people in Germany with migrant backgrounds are sharing stories of everyday discrimination under the hashtag #MeTwo, inspired by football star Mesut Ozil’s resignation from Germany’s national team over racism. The campaign was launched earlier this week by Turkish-origin author and rights activist Ali Can, who dubbed it #MeTwo — a play on the #MeToo movement that highlights women’s experiences of sexual harassment, and a comment by Ozil about having “two hearts”. Ozil dropped a bombshell on Sunday when he announced in a stinging letter that he would no longer play for Germany after he faced ...

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West Indies beat Bangladesh by 3 runs

West Indies

MNA Sports Desk: Shimron Hetmyer scored a superb century as Bangladesh stumbled in the final over to hand the West Indies a series-levelling victory in their one-day game on Wednesday. The hosts made it 1-1 in the best-of-three series after Bangladesh failed to score eight runs off their final over for what would have been a series win. Shimron Hetmyer blazed 125 off 93 balls to pace the home side to a competitive 271 all out batting first. Bangladesh were left stranded on 268 for six after their 50 overs as West Indies held on for a three-run win. West ...

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Shakib banks on spin-friendly Guyana pitch to seal series


MNA Sports Desk: Shakib Al Hasan feels the spinner-friendly pitch in Providence presents Bangladesh a great chance of winning the series against the Windies with one game left to play. Bangladesh lead the three-match one-day international series after winning the first match by 48 runs, reports media. ‘We have the best chance in Guyana,’ Hasan told reporters ahead of the second ODI, to be played on Wednesday, 25 July. ‘This is perhaps the only wicket in West Indies that is known for assisting the spinners and we have got a good track record here.’ ‘We will try to wrap the ...

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Germany rejects Ozil’s racism accusations


MNA Sports Desk: The German Football Association (DFB) on Monday rejected accusations that it was racist after star midfielder Mesut Ozil said on Sunday he would no longer play for the national team because he faced “racism and disrespect” due to his Turkish roots, reported news agency. “We emphatically reject the DFB being linked to racism,” the DFB said in a statement. “The DFB has been very involved in integration work in Germany for many years.” Ozil, who plays for English club Arsenal, said DFB president Reinhard Grindel had blamed him for Germany’s poor performance at this year’s World Cup, ...

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Tamim, Mashrafe fires Bangladesh to ODI success


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh banished the blues of the Test series to outclass hosts West Indies by 48 runs in the first ODI on Sunday, reported news agency. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan made 207 runs in the second wicket to lead Bangladesh to 279 for 4 and then skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bagged four wickets to flatten the Caribbean who could only manage 231 for 9.  The 280-run target did not look too difficult for a team that boasted the likes of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and Andre Russell, but the Bangladesh bowlers were right on their job ...

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McKenzie made new batting consultant

batting consultant

MNA Sports Desk: Former South African international player Neil McKenzie appointed as batting consultant for Bangladesh cricket team until next year’s World Cup, according to cricbuzz. Earlier, McKenzie was scheduled to join the team on July 7 but according to the BCB chief executive, he will now team up with the squad in the West Indies on July 22. Neil McKenzie, the former South African right handed opening batsman has represented South Africa in 124 matches, will take over his charge from former Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera. The 42-year old McKenzie, who had previously served as the batting coach ...

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England seal series with thumping win over India


MNA Sports Desk: Joe Root became England’s leading one-day international century-maker as an innings of exactly 100 not out on his Headingley home ground saw the hosts to an eight-wicket victory over India on Tuesday and a 2-1 series win. This was Root’s second unbeaten century in successive innings after his 113 not out helped England level the three-match contest with an 86-run win at Lord’s on Saturday. This latest hundred was also Test skipper Root’s 13th in ODIs, taking him past the England record of 12 he had previously shared with Marcus Trescothick. Tuesday saw Root and one-day captain ...

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World Cup winners get heroes’ welcome


MNA Sports Desk: The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols, reported news agency. After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Russia, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris hoping to catch a glimpse of the players that have captured the country’s imagination. They did not disappoint, passing the golden World Cup trophy from player to player as they jumped and danced on an open-air bus with “World ...

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France lifts second World Cup


MNA Sports Desk: France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades. France led 2-1 at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing first-time finalists Croatia level. Quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for the title but Mandzukic was gifted a goal by French keeper Hugo Lloris to set up a nervous ...

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Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup


MNA Sports Desk: Belgium beat England 2-0 to finish third in 2018 World Cup in St. Petersburg of Russia on Saturday. Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard were enough for Belgium to beat an uninspired England team and clinch third place in the World Cup. Belgium took the lead early after poor defending from Gareth Southgate’s side allowed right wing-back Meunier to steal in at the back post and convert from close range. England had the majority of possession but were slow on the ball, lacked movement or ideas and Belgium sat deep waiting to pick them off on ...

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Tigresses secure place in ICC World T20

ICC World

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh women cricket team confirmed their participation of ICC World Women’s T20 tournament crushing Scotland by 49-runs in the second semifinal of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier at Amstelveen on Thursday. Chasing a 126-run winning target set by Bangladesh, Scotland found the chase stiff and they were eventually restricted at 76 for 7 in 20 overs. Earlier, Bangladesh women’s cricket team scored 125 for the loss of – wickets from their stipulated 20 overs. Brief score Bangladesh 125 for 6 in 20 overs, Nigar 31, Shamima 22, Ayasha 20, Sanjida 19, Fahima 15, Priyanaz 2/17. Scotland ...

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Croatia reach World Cup final

World Cup final

MNA Sports Desk: Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation into raptures. England, appearing in their first semi-final since 1990, had looked on course for their first final since 1966 as they led through Kieran Trippier’s fifth-minute free kick and totally dominated the opening half. Croatia, in their first semi since 1998, levelled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more dangerous side. It ...

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Bangladesh march into WT20Q semis


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh women’s cricket team are through to the semifinals in the Women’s World T20 Qualifiers outclassing United Arab Emirates (UAE) by eight wickets in their Pool ‘A’ last game at Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht in Netherlands on Tuesday. Bangladesh will play the Pool B 2nd slot holders Scotland in the 2nd semifinal at the same venue on Thursday (July 12). In the day’s game Bangladesh chased a tiny target of 40 for 2 in 6.5 overs after restricting UAE on 39 for all in 16.2 overs. Bangladesh maintained top slot of their Pool with all-win six points from ...

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Belgium, France face off in mouth-watering semi-final


MNA Sports Desk: Roberto Martinez’s swashbuckling Belgium side head into Tuesday’s semi-final with familiar foes France as the World Cup’s leading scorers, but their old rivals have evolved as the tournament has progressed and will also be full of confidence. Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions. In contrast, France sleep-walked through the group stages, eking out wins over Australia and Peru before a stultifying 0-0 draw with Denmark, ...

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