Germany stunned title favourites Spain 1-0 with a looping first-half header from Mitchell Weiser to win the European Under-21 championship on Friday and earn their second title.Germany blunted the sharpest attack at the finals, centred around the tournament top scorer Saul Niquez whose Spain side were bidding for a record-equalling fifth Euro crown.Germany’s Max Meyer headed against the post after seven minutes with the first of several chances in a dominant first half as Spain were taken by surprise.Serge Gnabry also twice came close for the Germans before Weiser’s clever header from Jeremy Toljan’s cross in the 40th minute sailed over keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the net.Spain threatened only once in the first half, with a Hector Bellerin header, but increased the pressure after the break.Saul forced an outstanding save from Germany’s Julian Pollersbeck on the hour and Dani Ceballos fired narrowly wide as they went in search of an equaliser.But Germany, with several players confirming their status as potential contenders for next year’s World Cup squad, held on to add another Euro Under-21 trophy to their 2009 triumph.Germany’s senior team, the world champions, face Chile in the Confederations Cup final in Russia on Sunday.
A gritty Indian defence somehow saw off Chinese onslaughts to hold them to a remarkable 0-0 draw in an international friendly played at the at the Suzhou Olympic Stadium.The two teams were meeting for the first time in 21 years and as expected world No.76 and much fancied China dominated proceedings against the 97th ranked Indian team.However, China thwarted the several chances that came their and failed to get a goal past India’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.India’s back four led by captain Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das, Pritam Kotal and Subhasish Bose played extremely well and barring the odd hiccups, managed to keep out the ball away from the back of the net as the goal drought for the Chinese forwards continued.The home side had at least three clear chances with two being denied by the woodwork while their star striker Gao Lin failed to find the target several times. Gurpreet stood like a rock in front of the Indian goal as he denied the home side at least on four occasions.It was a remarkable achievement for India as they have drawn against a continental top side like China in their own den. India were playing on the Chinese soil for the first time and there were periods in the match, though few and far between, when the visitors threatened on the counters.Captain Sandesh Jigan makes a fantastic clearance.To watch more, Catch the live action on @StarSportsIndia #CHNvIND #AsianDream #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #WeAreIndia pic.twitter.com/cwV6fmgmtUadvertisementIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 13, 2018India had two very good chances on either side of the breather, one from Pritam Kotal and another from substitute Farukh Choudhary, and a couple of half chances.The draw is also expected to take India higher in the FIFA rankings. They are now placed 97th while China are at 76th spot.On the other hand, China, coached by 2006 World Cup winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi, continued their recent struggle as they failed to score in three matches on the trot.China had lost to an inexperienced Qatar team 0-1 last month before playing out a 0-0 draw against Bahrain. They have not scored since beating Thailand 2-0 in June.India head coach Stephen Constantine had predicted an attacking-minded Chinese team and that precisely turned out as the home side made a wave of attacks in the first session.But the visitors did not give an inch to the Chinese attackers who has played more than 100 international matches, for most part while goalie Gurpreet made a few fine saves.In the seventh minute itself, the Indian goal was under threat but Jinghan made a timely clearance for a corner following Yu Dabao’s shot.The Indians grew in confidence as the match wore on and they even had a very good chance in the 13th minute when Sunil Chhetri passed the ball back to Pranoy Halder who went diagonal to Anirudh Thapa who, in turn, laid it for an onrushing Kotal.But Kotal’s right footer from the right side of the box was parried away by Chinese goalie Yan Junling. That was the best chance India had in the first half.Two minutes later, Gao had a free header from a corner but the ball went directly to Gurpreet’s hands. China dominated the game but the Indian team did create a few chances here and there (ISL Photo)India got a free kick in the 17th minute and Thapa’s delivery found an unmarked Chhetri making a first time shot but the ball sailed over.Meanwhile, halfway through the first half, Gurpreet again pulled off a fine save as he blocked a low shot from Gao after a defensive mistake by the Indians.As soon as the second half began, Gao rattled Gurpreet’s crossbar in the 48th minute but a few minutes later Udanta Singh was set up by Holicharan Narzary but the Manipuri shot over the crossbar in a hurry.The 71st minute also saw the Indian crossbar being rattled by a Wu Lei volley and it was pure luck for India as Gurpreet was completely beaten that time.Five minutes later, Gurpreet again pulled off another fine save to deny a Xiao Zhi header from a corner.Towards the end of the regulation time, there was a scramble near the Indian goal-line but the visiting side, who desperately threw their bodies towards the close of the match, survived as the match ended in a stalemate.Before Saturday, India and China had played 17 times with the last one being in 1997 in Kochi. China had won 12 times while the remaining five were drawn matches.(With inputs from PTI)advertisement
Principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa SM Sirajuddoula. Prothom Alo File Photo A Feni court here on Wednesday took cognisance of charges against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, in a case filed for sexually harassing Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, reports UNB. Senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain accepted a charge-sheet after inspector Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also the investigation officer of the case, submitted it before this court. The court also fixed Thursday to begin the charge-framing hearing in the case. The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case. On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day. On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case. She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital. Meanwhile, Nurul Amin, an office assistant of the madrasa, testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here on Wednesday in the murder case filed over the killing of the madrasa girl. Judge Mamunur Rashid of the tribunal also fixed Thursday for recording the testimony of madrasa guard Mostafa. All the 16 accused in the case were produced before the court around 11:00am amid tight security.