The league debut comes after another difficult week, which followed a complicated summer in the wake of Barca's 8-2 thrashing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. That defeat saw Quique Setien sacked as coach and replaced by Koeman and led to a clear out of the dressing room, which has so far seen Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez all leave the club.
Saturday ends with Southampton facing a tricky visit to play Burnley. Southampton have lost both league games so far and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Brentford, while Burnley lost their only league game away to Leicester City, before bouncing back to beat Milwall in the Carabao Cup. They have a good record against Southampton with four wins and three draws against them since October 2016.
DOHA, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Esteghlal FC have cruised into the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Group A leader Al Ahli Saudi FC in matchday six on Wednesday.
Elche mark their return to the top-flight with a home game against Real Sociedad, but with new coach Jorge Almiron still waiting official clearance to sit in the home side's dugout. The missing paperwork is not the Argentinean's only problem given that he only has 15 professional players available for what will certainly be a tough return to the elite.
HANGZHOU, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC) on Tuesday unveiled pictograms for the Games, and initiated a global appeal for the slogan of volunteers.
Qingdao scored the consolation goal from Denis Popovic's penalty in the dying minutes.
Wei Xiaoyuan of Guangxi competes during the floor exercises match of the women's individual all-round final at the 2020 Chinese National Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Zhaoqing, south China's Guangdong Province, Sept. 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Ya'nan)
FIFA president Gianni Infantino, in a letter to the FA here Tuesday obtained by Xinhua, underlined his support for the footballers who lost their lives and the injured in the tragic accident.
The Rubronegro have remained in Ecuador ahead of Tuesday's clash in the Pacific port city of Guayaquil.
The match featured several Chinese national team players, including Jiangsu's Zhang Changning and Tianjin's Li Yingying.
Huanghai got the opener in the 37th minute when Gao Xiang headed in left-back Yang Yu's cross.