Vol. 5 Num 1141 Tue. August 14, 2007  

Shootout heartbreak for Daily Star

The Daily Star's march in the Meril Media Cup football tournament was brought to a grinding halt by New Nation who won the battle of the English dailies in penalty shootout at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

New Nation won the quarterfinal 4-1 in the tiebreaker after the regulation and extra-time ended 1-1.

Despite half the period was played under incessant rain on a muddy pitch where keeping balance was the order of the day, the two sides still produced exciting battle with forays and counter forays. Al-Amin's superb solo effort put The Daily Star ahead shortly after the break.

But the popular English daily unwittingly threw away the lead when an otherwise 'rock under the bar' Al Musabbir Sadi let loose an innocuous ball that Sharif Khan slotted home minutes before the final whistle. The rare mistake of Sadi brought back memories of German legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn's gaffe during the 2002 World Cup final against Brazil.

Daily Star came close to winning in extra-time, but Quamrul Hasan failed to beat the New Nation goalkeeper who was brilliant throughout and later adjudged man-of-the-match for his heroics in the shootout. New Nation will take on hot favourites UNB, who edged Sangbad 1-0, in today's second semifinal.

Bangla Vision, who blanked New Age 2-0, will meet Ajker Kagoj, who eliminated Ekushey Television 1-0, in the first semifinal.

Former national striker Sheikh Mohammed Aslam and ex Bangladesh Cricket Board general secretary Aminul Haque Moni were present as match adjudicators.