MADRID, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The fifth round of matches in Spain's La Liga takes us into the international break after a frantic three weeks of football. Here are some things we learned in Spain this weekend.
BERLIN, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Manuel Baum seems to be a driven by unshakeable optimism. Despite having lost his first game as the new coach of Schalke 04, the 41-year-old encouraged the Royal Blues' squad, and supporters to continue their effort to achieve a turnaround.
Mikel Oyarzabal's penalty after a slightly harsh handball decision opened the scoring in the 29th minute and Real Sociedad had the game completely under control before goals from Mikel Merino and Portu in the 78th and 81st minutes assured the three points.
Despite two big losses into the season, Daqing coach Ji Yanyan would rather pick up something positive from her young team.
American Sara Hall, who sprinted to surpass world champion Ruth Chepngetich in the last meters, finished second in 2:22:01. Chepngetich from Kenya completed the race four seconds later.
The 2019 ATP Finals champion will face Russia's Andrey Rublev for a semifinals place in the next round. The 22-year-old Rublev recovered from a one set down and trailed by 5-2 in the second to knock out Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the last men's round of 16 clash.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Kvitova had to bounce back from 1-5 down in the opening set against Canada's teenager Leylah Fernandez to set round-of-16 clash with Zhang.
"I'm very happy. It was a great match, I didn't make any mistakes. Casper is a really great player, very attractive to play, I think there were many good rallies, it was a good match from both of us," said the newly-crowned US open champion.
SYDNEY, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Sydney FC striker Adam Le Fondre is set to leave the A-league after the club announced it had accepted a lucrative offer to loan the frontman to an overseas club on Wednesday.
In women's action, Petra Kvitova managed to return to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2012 after a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 dismissal of China's Zhang Shuai in the opening match on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Monday.
As expected, there was no place for striker Edinson Cavani, who has yet to find a new club after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in June. The 33-year-old has not played since March.