Martinez had fielded something approaching his strongest side in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and the only conclusion is that perhaps some of them were thinking about Thursday's visit to Sweden to play Malmo.
Given that Valverde scored the opening goal, Jovic provoked a red card and Madrid took all three points, you could say the experiment was a success.
Alcacer then showed neat footwork halfway through the second half to ensure the points for Villarreal and leave Alaves in trouble.
Shanghai continued their tight control in front of the net in the second set. Although Fujian made several substitutions, they still failed to shake Shanghai's advantage.
MADRID, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Villarreal to give Ronald Koeman a winning start to his reign as coach in a game where 18-year-old Ansu Fati once again showed he is the natural successor to Leo Messi.
JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Israeli club Hapoel Beer Sheva reached the UEFA Europa League group stage after a 1-0 home win over Czech side Viktoria Plzen on Thursday evening.
Wang predicts that the new technologies will bring dramatic changes to the sports market, and sports companies should follow the trend and find new opportunities.
BEIJING, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Newly-promoted Suzhou Dongwu pocketed its first win in Chinese football's second-tier League One after beating Taizhou Yuanda 2-1 on Thursday.
Photo taken on Sept. 27, 2020 shows workers defrosting the track in the National Sliding Center in Yanqing Zone for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Beijing, capital of China. Construction of the National Sliding Center in Yanqing of Beijing has seen big progress that it began ice-making on Sept. 18 and is estimated to finish at the end of the month before China's national team train in the National Sliding Center in early October. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)
With younger players getting more opportunities, the CSL has witnessed many success stories during the first stage. According to data from the first round, compared with the first 14 rounds of the 2019 season, coaches have increasingly been putting their trust in the youth with the total playing time of U23 players has increased by 6,822 minutes.
Last week saw Brazilian wingers Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. start in the 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad, while on Saturday Zidane swapped things around bringing Casemiro, Luka Jovic and Fede Valverde into his starting 11, while retaining Martin Odegaard and Tony Kross in a midfield diamond formation.