BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Lionel Messi said he hoped Argentina's 1-0 defeat of Ecuador in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday would provide some relief to Argentines suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Liverpool forward struck again just after the interval when he slotted a close-range shot past Carlos Lampe following Neymar's slide-rule pass.
After substitutes stepped in, Xinjiang maintained its level of defense, holding Shanghai to shot-clock violations on several occasions and leading 27-18 at halftime.
The forward missed most of last season after knee surgery and although he was able to return after the break for the coronavirus, another knee injury interrupted his start to the new season.
MONTEVIDEO, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Luis Suarez has revealed he did not think twice about joining Atletico Madrid after being told by new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman that he was no longer required at the club.
The result came less than two days after Vasco sacked manager Ramon Menezes and named their under-20 coach Alexandre Grasseli as his interim replacement. Enditem
CHENGDU, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Henan rallied past Zhejiang 95-90 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Friday.
Garcia has so far failed to sign a new contract with Manchester City and with his current deal due to expire next June, the club must now decide whether to try and cash in on him in January or to see him move for free at the end of the season.
"She started really well right away, and had really good length, and was serving great. So I struggled at the beginning. I felt like I'm also not playing too bad, but just so many easy points going away with serve and return situations," said Siegemund.
TOKYO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The 2021 Tokyo Marathon has been postponed from March 7 to October 17, organizers announced here on Friday.
CHANGZHOU, China, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Changchun Yatai had a 4-0 victory over Nantong Zhiyun to advance on the leading position in Changzhou Division of China League One, the second-tier football league in China on Thursday, while Guizhou Hengfeng missed a promotion chance after drawing 1-1 with Shenyang Urban.