ACCRA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Black Stars of Ghana Friday lost to the Eagles of Mali 3-0 in an international friendly in Antalya, Turkey.
PARIS, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat arch-rival Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 on Sunday to lift his 13th La Coupe des Mousquetaires in a two-hour-39-minute final.
Michy Batshuayi of Belgium shoots during a friendly match between Belgium and Cote d'Ivoire at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
"All I can do is thank them for the confidence they showed in me," said the forward, who came out from the Barcelona youth system, but plays in the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 32-year-old made his 119th international appearance in Spain's 1-0 UEFA Nations League win at home to Switzerland on Saturday and is in line to start in Ukraine on Tuesday night, although he admits that the progress of players such as Mikel Merino and Rodrigo Hernandez means there is more competition in the central midfield role.
"James played well and he's going to keep improving," the Portuguese said. "He was trying to get his goal today, but with 15 minutes left it seemed important to me to give him a rest.
The new chapter seems to stand for an important milestone after having to compete in the shadow of his popular father over a decade, who disappeared from the public after an accident in 2013 and is treated in privacy.
"I would like to see one more in midfield or up front," Schweinsteiger stressed. Fans can't identify with their national team anymore, he added.
"However, in order to attract more to this sport, we arrange four players a team with a woman in each. The more people take part in, the better beach volleyball is popularized, and that's where the success of a sport lies in," said Liu.
"Jiangsu's team chemistry is better than us, as they have played for quite a long time. We suffered some problems in our defense, and didn't restrain their character," Xinjiang coach Gao Fengjuan lamented. Enditem
But Muto added that he does not know the exact date of Bach's arrival. Japan's Kyodo news agency reported earlier that it might be November 16 or 17.