FC Barcelona's positive start under Ronald Koeman had produced two wins and seven goals without reply in their first two matches of the season, but that positive start was halted as they were held 1-1 at home to Sevilla on Sunday evening.
BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Goalkeepers Franco Armani and Esteban Andrada were Sunday among five locally based players added to Argentina's squad for their opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia.
The 29-year-old has been deployed by Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti as a free-roaming No. 10, having been shunted out wide or used in a deeper midfield role during his limited opportunities for Real Madrid last season.
CHENGDU, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Dilana Dilxat scored 19 points to help Dongguan overcome Sichuan 78-71 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league, while Han Xu and Wang Lili paced Xinjiang to an easy 84-61 win over Wuhan on Monday.
Dongguan saw the national trio of Li Yueru, Yang Liwei and Huang Sijing depart to Inner Mongolia during the offseason.
Shandong began to lose momentum after the interval, and Inner Mongolia scored many fast break points on turnovers. With a 30-point margin in hand before the last 10 minutes, Inner Mongolia met little challenge thereafter.
TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Persepolis booked a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League final after beating Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout on Saturday.
"Since then, I've made huge progress because I've played a few big matches, against Simona, against Caroline Wozniacki and Naomi Osaka, and I think it helped me a lot and now I feel like I can handle the pressure," Swiatek added.
Restraining Shanghai to five points in the first quarter and 18 at the break, Xinjiang obviously found its winning key.
Next up for Halep is another 19-year-old youngster, Iga Swiatek of Poland, whom Halep defeated in the round of 16 here last year.
Alessandro Florenzi, the only new face at the Parc des Princes this summer, scored his first goal for the club to open the scoring seven minutes into the game before Neymar hit twice in the 36th and 47th minute to make it 3-0.