The second stage of CSL, scheduled from October 16 to November 12, adopts a two-legged knockout format with each team playing six games to decide their final rankings of the season.
"Our players are highly motivated to beat their opponents on Sunday. We are Esteghlal and can benefit from our previous experience in the competition," he added.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (C) vies with Elche's Nuke Mfulu (R) during the 55th Joan Gamper Trophy friendly football match between Barcelona and Elche in Barcelona, Spain on Sept. 19, 2020. (Xinhua/Joan Gosa)
The lower league side had the worst possible start on home soil as Maximilian Sauer's handball allowed Jadon Sancho to break the deadlock from the spot with just 14 minutes played.
Barcelona sit out the first two weeks of La Liga after playing in the quarterfinals of last season's Champions League, and so far the only new faces at the Camp Nou are teenage forward Pedri, Portuguese winger Francisco Trincao and midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who arrives as part of a deal which saw Arthur Melo move to Juventus.
GENEVA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Norwegian duo Anders Mol and Christian Sorum are seeking their third consecutive European Championship victories in the EuroBeachVolley 2020 in Jurmal, Latvia, this week, though they might face strong resistance.
"I just came back from the training camp of the national team and everything is so familiar to me," said the 20-year-old side hitter, who helped China claim the World Cup title a year ago in Japan. "I will work with my teammates and get well prepared for the upcoming games."
Elsewhere, Hebei took a lead in the 10th minute, when Buya Turay's long distance pass found Ricardo Goulart in the box, who volleyed to the corner of the net.
Puig, whose performances were one of the few positives in Barca's disappointing end to last season and who looked as if he was going to play a major role in the new season, was left in the stands for the club's traditional pre-season Joan Gamper friendly against Elche on Saturday night.
Hoffenheim defended deep in the hope of protecting their narrow lead to the final whistle, but it didn't work out as Cologne substitute Dominick Drexler tapped home a rebound from close range to restore parity in the 88th minute.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said Monday that last-minute changes could be made to its 2022 World Cup qualifying tournament amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.