Xinhua looks at some of the major talking points ahead of Thursday's opening day of fixtures in CONMEBOL's road to Qatar 2022.
Koeman's team looks faster, fitter and hungrier, with Philippe Coutinho getting involved and Leo Messi smiling again. There is a question mark over the lack of central defenders and with Clement Lenglet suspended against Sevilla on Sunday that looks to be their main weakness.
Mohamed Salah scored twice for Liverpool, but that was scant consolation as Liverpool became the first reigning champion to concede seven goals since 1953.
BOGOTA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz has called up uncapped America de Cali goalkeeper Eder Chaux for the team's opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Chile.
Djokovic showed great sportsmanship in the match when rain fell down heavily on Galan's side of the court as the new Court Philippe-Chatrier roof was closing, the Colombian slipped over. Djokovic responded by calling a pause of the match until the conditions came back equal for both sides.
Halep didn't play at her best, especially when facing a firing teenager who combined her drop shot and backhand so perfectly throughout the match.
The financial impact of the pandemic on football has been apparent, the former Leipzig coach said.
THE HAGUE, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Reigning Dutch champion, Ajax, suffered its first defeat of the 2020-21 season on Sunday against FC Groningen, while Feyenoord and PSV both booked wins.
"It's always exciting to play a qualifying round," said Suarez, who joined Atletico Madrid from their La Liga rivals Barcelona last month.
Barca looked tired after their midweek efforts at Celta Vigo and there were moments in the second half when Sevilla could have won the game with more ambition. Koeman brought on the new arrivals Pedro "Pedri" Gonzalez, Francisco Trincao and Miralem Pjanic in the second half, but the feeling is that Barca's squad still looks lightweight for a full season, and the club needs to sign at least another central defender and a striker before the transfer window closes.
Sichuan was held to six of 26 on three-pointers and out-rebounded its opponents 44-30.