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.
Nobody will doubt Messi's commitment on the pitch, however, and he will again lead the side this Sunday in an attack which will probably also see Antoine Griezmann, who now has more responsibility following Suarez's departure, and Ansu Fati, who was virtually the only good news to come out of last season.
Colombia will host Venezuela in Barranquilla on October 9 before facing Chile in Santiago four days later in the opening fixtures of the South American Confederation's (CONMEBOL) 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Queiroz is expected to name his squad for the matches next week.
Su crossed the line in two hours, 16 minutes, 29 seconds, 14 seconds shy of his personal best set in Xuzhou two years ago. Yang from Jiangsu finished second in 2:17:36, followed by Yang Shaohui from Yunnan in 2:18:44.
Around 16,000 spectators were allowed in to watch the game in Budapest's Puskas Arena. Enditem
Although Suning looked like they dominated the game, it was Shenhua who created real threat. The 40th minute saw the Shanghai side's 21-year-old defender Wen Jiabao dribble through the Brazilian Joao Miranda and volleying from a close range, but his shot was denied by Suning goalkeeper Gu Chao.
Mexico are currently 11th in the FIFA rankings while Guatemala are 130th. Enditem
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Hebei China Fortune has secured the eighth spot in the Chinese Super League after beating Wuhan Zall 2-0 here on Friday.
"From my point of view, I lean heavily on him when it comes to goalkeeping today and in the future. So yes, he was very influential," he commented. Enditem
Atletico have emerged as the leading candidates to sign Suarez after allowing Alvaro Morata to return to Juventus, who had previously been interested in Suarez.
MADRID, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Luis Suarez said 'goodbye' to FC Barcelona in an emotional press conference held at the club just hours after confirming his transfer to Atletico Madrid for around six million euros.