MADRID, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Under normal circumstances Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio would be on international duty with Spain, but injury problems at the start of the season mean he will watch Tuesday's game against Ukraine from home.
Jia's team went through an unexpected quarantine amid the COVID-19 concerns during the Olympic qualifiers last February before entering the playoff.
The 29-year-old is expected to start for the five-time world champions when they meet Bolivia in Sao Paulo on Friday and Peru in Lima next Tuesday in the opening two rounds of South America's 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Messi admitted Thursday's match did not pan out as the Albiceleste had hoped, rueing his team's lethargy early on.
CHENGDU, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Sichuan never trailed throughout the game before outplaying Fujian 89-63 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Thursday.
He also hopes that Tokyo will host the world championships again soon after the Olympic Games.
Ukraine pulled one goal back with a penalty by Ruslan Malinovskyi.
CHENGDU, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Fujian labored to a 64-60 victory over Wuhan and tasted its first win of the new Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) season, with Wuhan recording its fourth straight loss here on Saturday.
Messi told Barcelona officials that he wanted to leave in August before changing his mind two weeks later to avoid a legal battle with the club he has called home since the age of 13.
After a disappointing draw in the friendly against Turkey, Joachim Loew's team seems to have lost the nimbus of a team standing for commitment and efficiency.
Loew seems trapped between a risky strategy as further disappointments increase annoyance and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Time tables deliver worthless friendlies aside of the Nations League.