Raman spoke about Schalke's determination for a better Bundesliga campaign than last season, when the team finished a disappointing 12th and his ambition to play the 2021 Euro tournament with the Belgian national team.
ROME, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Undisputed clay court king Rafael Nadal suffered a straight-set loss to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Saturday.
Hoffenheim defended deep in the hope of protecting their narrow lead to the final whistle, but it didn't work out as Cologne substitute Dominick Drexler tapped home a rebound from close range to restore parity in the 88th minute.
"I'm really happy that it finally worked out," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. "I'm really happy to bring this wonderful person in as an add-on to the squad." Enditem
The big game on Sunday sees Real Madrid make their league debut away to Real Sociedad and it will be interesting to see how Zinedine Zidane's side perform and whether Martin Odegaard, who returns after a successful season on loan in San Sebastian, plays a part in the game.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chongqing Lifan beat Qingdao Huanghai 3-0 in the 11th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Wednesday.
"I just came back from the training camp of the national team and everything is so familiar to me," said the 20-year-old side hitter, who helped China claim the World Cup title a year ago in Japan. "I will work with my teammates and get well prepared for the upcoming games."
The battle for the second place remained tight until the final kilometers, as Rio Olympic Games runner-up Cai, representing Team Yunnan, held off a strong challenge from London Olympic champion Chen to finish second in 1:22:03. The 28-year-old Chen of Guangdong trailed nine seconds further behind to take the third place.
LONDON, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Premier League champions Liverpool confirmed the signing of Spain international midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on Friday in a deal worth around 30 million euros.
Thomas Tuchel's side welcomed back goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Marquinhos and forward Mauro Icardi after the trio were among seven players tested positive for COVID-19, but missed Kylian Mbappe, who is still in self-quarantine at home.
It added that a meeting would be held with FIFA officials on Tuesday to address issues related to the competition "at the highest level."