Everton fans will be looking for improvement under experienced coach Carlo Ancelotti and the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has added James Rodriguez to his squad from Madrid in a move that should bring a bit of magic to his side if James can find his feet in the Premier League.
KAMPALA, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Ugandan star athlete Jacob Kiplimo on Tuesday won the men's 5,000m race, out-performing Selemon Barega of Ethiopia at the Ostrava Golden Spike in Czech Republic.
Levante captain Jose Luis Morales twice put his side ahead and new Valencia coach Javi Gracia, who had earlier in the week complained about a lack of new signings, looked to be heading for defeat in his first game in charge.
DALIAN, China, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Paulinho and Fei Nanduo scored as defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande beat Shenzhen Kaisa 2-0 here on Wednesday to secure a place in the second stage in the 2020 Chinese Super League (CSL) season.
PARIS, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a shock 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Lens.
Granada ended last season with a 4-0 win at home to Athletic Club to qualify for Europe for the first time in the club's history and fate has decided that the same two sides will meet again in the Los Carmines Stadium to open the new campaign. The kick-off was changed from Friday to Saturday late on Wednesday night, which should allow another 24 hours for players such as Inigo Martinez, Yuri Berchiche and Inaki Williams more time to reach match fitness after picking up injuries and Covid-19 in pre-season. However, Athletic will no doubt be worried by the naming of Mateu Lahoz as matchday referee. Lahoz has refereed Athletic 34 times in La Liga and the Basque side have won just six of those matches, drawn seven and lost 21- numbers hard to explain for a side that is usually in the top half of the table. Enditem
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.
The goal was at first a controversial one for Lv was suspected of a handball but was later confirmed as valid by the referee after checking VAR.
"The media has mentioned it but nobody has approached me. It [the speculation] makes me happy because I think it's an acknowledgment of a good job, but there is nothing more in it than that. I'm focused on my work with Fortaleza. We hope that by the end of the championship we can extract the best of the team and stay in the first division of Brazilian football."
Luneng were dealt a blow in the 20th minute as Marouane Fellaini picked up an injury, making way for Roger Guedes.
In other matches, Guizhou Hengfeng drew 1-1 with Zhejiang Energy Greentown, and Changchun Yatai edged Heilongjiang Lava Spring 2-1.