BLANTYRE, Malawi, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The resumption of sporting activities in Malawi has brought a sigh of relief among players and fans. For months now, people in the country have been not been able to share special moments due to tough restrictions meant to combat COVID-19.
"First of all, we want to spread positive energy and fresh spirit to the players. Then, we will inform them about our expectations," he added.
But in a statement, the AFA said the 26-year-old did not travel with the Albiceleste squad to Bolivia and would continue to receive treatment in Buenos Aires.
He also discussed Merino and Rodri, saying Merino was "a great player and with a style of play similar to mine, who can play in a holding role or further forward. I also really like Rodri as a player. There have been great players in the side and more will come in the future," explained the midfielder.
The second half saw Wuhan play a more dominant game against the defending champions. In the 57th minute, Beatriz Zaneratto Joao dribbled through the defense and beat the goalkeeper, extending Wuhan's lead to 2-0. Jiangsu suffered another heavy blow in the 65th minute as defender Zhai Qingwei conceded an own goal in the face of Chawinga's tackle.
Xu Nairui finished with 14 points as the only player who managed double digits for Daqing.
Now the duo share the record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
16-year-old Bai Pengshuo, a seeded player of Ningxia Beach Volleyball Youth Team who once won second prize in 2019 Youth Games for his team, also takes this chance as a practice. Bai, with a height of 198 cm, is responsible for block.
As to the World Cup qualifiers taking place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Godin said that "it is a different situation, but one with the desire, the dream, and the mentality that is the beginning of the qualifying rounds."
The hosts continued on the front foot and went ahead for a third time with nine minutes remaining as Waldschmidt chested the ball down before hammering home from 13 meters.
"Starting a qualifying tournament with a win gives us motivation and desire to work even harder to make sure that we continue on this path," he added.