CHANGZHOU, China, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Changchun Yatai had a 4-0 victory over Nantong Zhiyun to advance on the leading position in Changzhou Division of China League One, the second-tier football league in China on Thursday, while Guizhou Hengfeng missed a promotion chance after drawing 1-1 with Shenyang Urban.
"Now I value my health a lot more, because it is horrible being stopped for so long and you really suffer," explained the 24-year-old, who is now looking forward to the new campaign.
"It is good news that we are getting back on the pitch to do what we love most. Personally, I cannot wait to show our fans the great sport that they have been missing for so long. However, the excitement should not make us forget that COVID-19 is still out there," he said.
"The players will have several days off after the league ends. Then we will have the first training session at Xianghe national training center near Beijing, mainly for recovery. The second phase will be a one-month camp focusing on honing techniques and tactics. In the third phase, we will warm up on home turf for the game," he said.
"We executed everything that we prepared as regards to defense except that we still struggled with defensive rebounds. In the second half, we didn't adjust properly to their zone defense," said Shandong coach Luka Sjekloca. Enditem
SAO PAULO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Brazil have scope for improvement despite a convincing 5-0 win over Bolivia in their opening South American zone World Cup qualifier here on Friday, according to midfielder Casemiro.
After the loss, Tianjin, Hebei and Wuhan remained the last three teams on the table; they have not won a game since the season started.
Turkey responded well and created two chances in quick succession through Efecan Karaca and Yusuf Yazici in the 15th minute.
BRATISLAVA, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- BKM Lucenec stretched its winning streak in the Slovak basketball premier league to four out of four rounds by narrowly beat Patriots on the road, 78-77.
"As a player, I just need to work on my own. But being a coach requires a more comprehensive vision on the team. It's a challenge for me, but also a great test."
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Goals from either side of halftime from Roberto Firmino helped Brazil to a 5-0 defeat of Bolivia in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier here on Friday.