LONDON, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Premier League Champions Liverpool continued their winning start to the new season and ended Arsenal's perfect record after fighting back from a goal down at Anfield.
Players of Al Ahli Saudi FC celebrate after winning the AFC Asian Champions League round of 16 match between Al Ahli Saudi FC of Saudi Arabia and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai of United Arab Emirates in Doha, capital of Qatar, Sept. 26, 2020. Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia defeated Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 4-3 on penalties to progress to the quarterfinals. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
While Barca's pre-season was all about veteran players leaving and Leo Messi wanting to leave the club, their league debut at home to Villarreal was all about Ansu Fati. The 18-year-old was at the heart of nearly all the good things his side did in the first half as they went 4-0 up in just 45 minutes to assure Ronald Koeman a placid debut as coach. He scored the first two goals with an exhibition of cool finishing and then provoked the penalty which Messi slotted away to make it 3-0.
WARSAW, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski won the 2019/20 UEFA Men's Player of The Year award ahead of his teammate Manuel Neuer and Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
The Barca boss is unlikely to make many changes to the team that defeated Villarreal, partly because he has no alternatives at right back or central defense, where Sergi Roberto, Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique currently have few options other than to continue.
Diaz is a stylish right-sided defender, who is comfortable on the ball and should complement the left-footed Aymeric Laporte in the Manchester City defense. He already has international experience after forming part of the 2018 Portugal World Cup squad.
Receiving his award on Tuesday in Nyon, Switzerland during the 2020/21 Champions League draw, Lewandowski discussed his best moments of the season. "It's hard to choose, but the Champions League final, the game against Tottenham and four goals against Red Star Belgrade were great achievements," said the attacker.
MADRID, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane loses one player to injury, but recovers two more for his side's home game against Valladolid on Wednesday night.
The victory ended a tumultuous two-week period for Flamengo. Following the defeat in Quito, the Rio outfit reported 16 COVID-19 cases in their squad, leaving them with only three regular first-team players for their Brazilian Serie A visit to Palmeiras last Sunday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
It is thought the 41-year-old Baum will act as a mastermind as he stands for the new generation of coaches addicted to innovative tactical approaches.
Despite losing a place to Bottas at the start, Verstappen was happy to finish second. "To be able to split the Mercedes cars, we can be pleased with that. I was just trying to do my own race. I'm very happy with second after two (retirements)."