Tuesday is a crucial match. Real Madrid will play against Messi-Neymar-Mbopp PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League. Real have almost given up hope that Karim Benzema, the main star of the team, will be available full time in that match at the opponent’s ground. Real’s confidence was very important at that moment. But with a goalless draw against Villarreal today, they have raised the hopes of the opponent.
Real did not get a goal despite many attempts at Villarreal. Meanwhile, Sevilla, which is in the second position, lost 2-0 to Elche today. Real’s loss of points has reduced the points difference between the top two teams in the La Liga title to 4 points.
Real Madrid once again realized the importance of Karim Benzema. Los Blancos have been at the top of La Liga since the start of the season. That is thanks to Benzema and Vinicius Jr. Benzema is out of action due to injury, and Vinicius seems to have lost his breath. The Brazilian winger could not keep his cool after going to the D-box again and again.
No Benzema, no coach relying on Luka Yovic. Mariano is not in the squad. The main striker today was Gareth Bale. After a long absence from Real’s original XI, and due to a long absence, Bell’s attack had no effect.
In the first half, Casimiro got the ball into the box with a great through ball. The Welsh winger also brought the ball under his control with great control. But Villarreal goalkeeper Generimo Rui could not be avoided. Bell’s shot gets stuck in Rui’s hand. This was Real’s best chance in the first half. Villarreal was ahead in creating opportunities. Once the post did not let them get the goal.
Real played better than he did in the second half. Marco Asensio, Bell also raised the possibility of several long-range shots. But never the crossbar, never the hand of Rui let Real go ahead.
Ancelotti sent Luca Madrich, who was not in the XI, to the field without seeing him. Bell’s replacement Yovich and Asensio’s replacement Rodrigo are on the field. Hazard was also dropped at the last minute by lifting Vinicius. But Real could not play the game to raise the possibility of a goal. Villarreal missed a great opportunity in the added time. In the 92nd minute, Yovich got the goalkeeper alone and almost sat down to score. But his shot hit the crossbar.
Shahidul Islam’s ball was played on the leg side by a single, and after getting the second century of his career, Andre Fletcher got drunk with wild joy. He jumped, opened the helmet and sat down, but the celebration continued. Fletcher played the innings, the joy that suits him! The dug-out of Khulna Tigers has become even crazier then, someone has even picked up a chair over his head.
Mehdi Hasan, however, did not get a chance to rejoice like Fletcher, he had to return with 64 runs from 48 balls. However, Khulna confirmed the play-off match with a huge victory of 9 wickets in the opening pair of 182 runs of these two. Faf du Plessis’ century has faded in that, Comilla Victorians have lost. Comilla 172 runs Khulna topped 9 balls left! Tamim-Mahmudullah’s Dhaka has left the tournament after losing Comilla. Khulna will now play against Chittagong Challengers in the eliminator.
Comilla, which had earlier confirmed the play-off, made three changes. Captain Imrul Kayes, Liton Das and Mostafizur Rahman did not play. Acting captain du Plessis did not let Imrul-Liton’s absence be felt in that way, but Comilla felt the lack of Mostafiz in bowling quite well. They could not stop Fletcher-Mehdi in time!