DALIAN, China, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Paulinho and Fei Nanduo scored as defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande beat Shenzhen Kaisa 2-0 here on Wednesday to secure a place in the second stage in the 2020 Chinese Super League (CSL) season.
The other promoted sides Huesca and Cadiz will also struggle, with Cadiz likely to miss their fans in the Ramon de Caranza Stadium, while Eibar and Alaves might also find life hard after flirting with danger last season. Eibar have lost plyers such as Orellana, Escalante and Di Blasis, while Alaves, who celebrate their centenary this season, will hope a forward line of Joselu, Lucas Perez and Deyverson should have the goals to keep them in the top flight. Enditem
After the restart, Kramaric remained a factor and secured his side the opener as he benefitted on Ihlas Bebou's square pass to tap home into the open goal with three minutes played in the second half.
"We have extraordinary challenges ahead of us this season, and it will be a pleasure and an honour to face them alongside my new teammates, who are among the best players in the world," he added.
At least two private equity firms have expressed an interest in acquiring a minority stake in the company: Bain Capital and CVC Capital Partners. According to Italian media reports, a 10-percent stake in the company would fetch as much as 1.60 billion euros (1.89 billion U.S. dollars).
Luneng were dealt a blow in the 20th minute as Marouane Fellaini picked up an injury, making way for Roger Guedes.
BRATISLAVA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Leaders Dunajska Streda notched their sixth win in the 2020-21 season in as many games in the Slovak premier football league Fortuna Liga with a close 3-2 win over Ruzomberok on Saturday in a duel marked by two red cards.
The 2020 CBSL run from August 27 to September 14 in Chengdu. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, all games were played behind closed doors. Enditem
In contrast to Villarreal, things look grim for Valencia, who as well as losing Parejo and Coquelin have also waved goodbye to Spain international striker Rodrigo Moreno and exciting midfielder Ferran Torres. So far nobody has arrived to replace them and with fans furious with owner Peter Lim, new coach Xavi Garcia will probably be happy the stands at the Mestalla Stadium will be empty for the opening months of the campaign.
Koeman will be keeping his fingers crossed players such as Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann can up their games, while Francisco Trincao looks an interesting addition in attack. However, the hopes of many fans will now rest on the young shoulders of Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati, who looks odds on to become the new hero of the Camp Nou despite being just 17 years old.
BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Venue construction for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games is right on track as all ice rinks set to stage the Olympic competitions will be ready to produce ice by the end of this year, officials said.