Pakistan is out of tournament as USA-Ireland match abandoned



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Pakistan was eliminated from the T20 World Cup. Today (Friday) India and USA reached the Super Eight from Group A as hosts USA and Ireland shared points in the match. Pakistan exited the tournament without taking the field as they were trailing in the points table.

The match between Ireland and USA was abandoned due to rain. As a result, USA's points from 4 matches stand at 5. They are second in the points table. India are top of the group with 6 points from 3 matches. On the other hand, Pakistan's points are 2 from 3 matches. They still have one match left. Even if it wins the match, there is no chance of overtaking India or USA to finish second ahead of them. If they win the next match they will get 4 points. Because of that, the 2009 champion Pakistan was eliminated from the group stage.

The United States and Ireland match could not start on time due to rain on Friday. The umpire visited the field several times and declared the game abandoned as the field was unsuitable for playing. With their announcement, Pakistan's exit from the tournament was confirmed. And the United States reached the Super Eight with India.

Pakistan lost to USA in the first match of the tournament. Their fortunes did not change in the next match against India. Losing two matches in a row makes their way forward difficult. As a result, though they won against Canada, they were worried. The rain made that apprehension come true.

Students are bleeding: Tiger cricketers join the protest



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The quota reform movement has spread heat among students and general public across the country. Apart from the capital Dhaka, protesting students are holding road blockades and protest programs in various educational institutions of the country. Bangladesh national team cricketers Nazmul Shanto, Tawhid Hriday and Shariful Islam opened up about this movement of students.

Shariful and Hridoy are currently in Sri Lanka to play in the Lankan Premier League (LPL). Even though they are outside the country, they responded to the current unstable situation of the country on social media.

Tiger pacer Shariful gave a brief status on his official Facebook. He wrote, 'I am a cricketer but a student. I don't want any more students to bleed.'

Dhaka University student Hriday also wrote on his verified Facebook, “I am away from everything, so I have not seen much. May the Dhaka University of my life not be bloody?

Tiger captain Nazmul Shanto also posted a Facebook status saying, 'I was silent, but I am not blind', which is believed to be a reference to this movement.

On Sunday, Dhaka University area, the quota movement students and Chhatra League leaders and activists chased each other several times throughout the day. Many students were also injured in this untoward incident. After the pictures and videos of the attacked students were spread on the Internet, there was a storm of condemnation.

The students are still continuing their agitation for quota reform in different places of Dhaka city including Science Lab intersection, Gabtali-Mohammadpur Embankment, New Bazaar, Madhyabadda to Bashundhara residential area, Kuril Bishwa road. 

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Making history Spain becomes European champion



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In the end, Luis de la Fuente's Spain lifted the Euro 2024 title maing history. The Spanish are now the only team in the tournament to own four titles after beating England 2-1.

After 1966, the English could not win any global or continental title. After Euro 2020, England was very close to ending their title drought once again on the final stage today. But once again the dream was shattered. It was Harry Kane who ended a 58-year title drought and claimed their first title at the Euros.

On the other hand, Spain, who have been in great form since the beginning of the tournament, ended the season undefeated. No other team has this precedent in the history of Euro. La Fuente's disciples also entered the record book by defeating England to win the title. Spain is now the only team to have won four Euro titles.

The start of the final in Berlin today was a bit of a panacea. Neither team could create any major scoring chances in the first half, nor did they see a goal. Spain went on the attack in the 12th minute, but Nico failed to get a shot on target thanks to the English defenders. Just after that, Walker created a goal chance with a cross for the first time in the next minute. However, none of his teammates in the D-box got the ball at their feet. The first half ended with a goalless draw.

After the break, Spain entered the field with new energy. Within a couple of minutes, Yamal's increased ball skill was connected to the net by Williams. Spain advanced, their morale rising at the same time. They create several opportunities in a row.

England went on the counter-attack, going for goal several times before finally succeeding in the 73rd minute. The ball from the cross is deflected to the outside of the d-box. English defender Cole Palmer took a great shot by running from quite a distance without stopping the ball or rubbing the ground with his feet. The goalkeeper of Spain failed. 1-1 equal match!

Both teams then took turns to attack. But in the last part of the match, Spain shines. The English defenders were disorientated by one attack after another. Substitute Nama Warzabal scored the winning goal in the 86th minute from Cuquera's cross. In the last few minutes, England had to leave the field with the disappointment of not being able to equalize the goal.

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Argentina moves to final of Copa America beating Canada



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Argentina has been the most successful team in the Copa America in the last few years. The team has played in the finals in 3 of the last four seasons. Messi raised it to four finals in five seasons. Julian Alvarez and his goals beat Canada 2-0. Gone is another Copa America final.

Argentina took the lead in 22 minutes of the match. Rodrigo Di Paul's great long pass from midfield broke the Canadian defense. The ball goes to the feet of Julian Alvarez. Alvarez dodged the goalkeeper and put the ball into the net.

Even before this, Argentina got a chance. Lionel Messi got the ball outside the box from Angel Di Maria's pass in the 10th minute. He took the shot from there. But it misses the mark a bit.

Chances came after the goal. In the 44th minute, Messi had another chance to score. He took the ball from Angel Di Maria's pass and entered the Canadian box brilliantly. But this time his right foot shot went wide. Messi took another shot in the injury time of the first half. But this time his chip goes over the crossbar.

Canada had a chance from a long throw-in in the last minute of added time. However, Alfonso Davis' shot was blocked by Emiliano Martinez. As a result, Argentina went into the break with a one-goal lead.

In the 88th minute, Argentina almost conceded a goal from a wrong pass. But Amy Martinez came to the rescue of the azure whites with a great save. Canada had another chance in the 90th minute. Tani Oluaseyi misses a header from point-blank range, another goal-scoring opportunity missed by Canada. As a result, equality was not returned to them. Argentina advance to the final of the Copa America.

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England moves to Semi beating Switzerland in tie-breaker



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Harry Kene team defeated Switzerland in the tiebreaker to reach the semi-finals of the competition. England and Switzerland meet in the quarter-finals of the European Championship in Dusseldorf on Saturday night. If the score is tied at 1-1 in extra time after the scheduled time, the match will be played as a tiebreaker. England later won 5-3.

Neither team saw a goal in the first half of the match. After returning from the break, Switzerland got a goal in the 76th minute. Vargas receives the ball just outside the box. Brel Imbola ran onto his extended ball and headed the ball towards the goal post. Switzerland advanced.

After falling behind, England coach Gareth Southgate made three changes. However, Shaka, who was already there, scored the goal. Five minutes after conceding the goal, Shaka received the ball from Declan Rice. He took a shot from outside the box after overcoming two opposing footballers. The ball hit the post and went in. England equalized.

After that, there were no more goals in the scheduled 90 minutes. The Swiss made several good attacks in extra time. In between, Shaqiri was hooking the ball into the net directly from the corner, but the ball hit the post. England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made another good save. No team scored until the end.

Cole Palmer scored early in the tiebreaker with a shot. Soon after, Manuel Akanji came in to take the kick for the Swiss and missed. The English went ahead 1-0.

Jude Bellingham scored the second shot. Fabien Schaar came to take the second shot for the Swiss and narrowed the gap with a goal.

English goalscorer Shaka came to take the third shot. He also scored for the Three Lions. Shaqiri scored the third shot for the Swiss to make it 2-3.

Ivan Toney scored in the fourth shot to give England a 4-2 lead. Anthony scored for the Swiss to reduce the deficit to 4-3. When Alexander Arnold scored in the fifth shot, England won 5-3.

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