In other matches on Wednesday, Botafogo drew 1-1 at Athletico Paranaense, Fortaleza won 1-0 at home to Sport Recife, Coritiba drew 3-3 at Goias, Bragantino drew 1-1 at Sao Paulo and Santos won 3-1 at home to Atletico Mineiro. Enditem
Garcia will be expected to get results but with a squad that looks much weaker than last season that looks difficult; what the former Watford boss desperately needs is a positive start in Sunday's derby at home to Levante.
CHENGDU, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- After over 300 days of waiting, China's second-tier league, the Chinese Football League A kicked off here on Saturday.
Messi last week said he'd stay, but made it clear he was unhappy with both club President, Jose Maria Bartomeu, and the failure to develop a balanced squad and he could be an awkward dressing room presence for the new coach.
"We have extraordinary challenges ahead of us this season, and it will be a pleasure and an honour to face them alongside my new teammates, who are among the best players in the world," he added.
Chen Yufei partnered with Li Wenmei to defeat Lv Xuezhou/Lin Xin 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 in the women's doubles, gaining the opening point for Qingdao.
The third seeds will face the unseeded pairing of Laura Siegemund of Germany and Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the final. Enditem
Aaron Mooy (front) takes a selfie with fans during the presentation of the Shanghai SIPG football club's new player Aaron Mooy in east China's Shanghai on Sept. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)
It was the third upset of a seeded team for Siegemund and Zvonareva during the fortnight, having knocked off No.7 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Sofa Kenin in the second round before a stunning win over second seeds and defending champions Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals.
Title favorite Qingdao stormed to a 3-0 lead in the match against Shenzhen. Chen Yufei then fought for 49 minutes to overtake Zhang Yiman 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6 in a tight game of women's singles, before Zheng Siwei/Liu Yuchen took a straight win over Liang Weikeng/Wu Tuobin in the men's doubles, adding the other two points for Qingdao.
The hosts remained unimpressed and utilized their golden chance to grab the lead again before the break as Kobylanski won a penalty. Kobylanski's shot from the spot was denied but the striker was able to poke home the follow up shot to make it 3-2.