In contrast to Real Madrid, FC Barcelona have had a nightmare summer when all the problems came home to roost at the same time after their 8-2 thrashing to Bayern Munich highlighted their failure to renovate the squad adequately over recent years.
"I prepared a lot before this match, and I was surprised when finding Xiamen rested its starting player Han Yue. Huang is not very experienced, but still, I tried my best on the court. I think I performed better than that of last time we met in the first stage," commented Chen.
"I love these big matches. To face the best guys in the world is what I do the hard work for at home and in the off-season," Thiem said. "After the first set, it was great tennis from both of us. I could have easily been down two-sets-to-one. I'm really happy to be through. It was a great semifinal."
Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top ten after an eventful race in which he also received a five-second penalty for a pit-lane infringement.
HANGZHOU, China, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Welcoming the two-year countdown to the opening of the 19th Asian Games on Thursday, host city Hangzhou exudes confidence of delivering an Asiad that has "Chinese grandeur, Zhejiang style and Hangzhou flavor."
According to the Chinese Athletics Association, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national championships slated for Sept. 15-18 in Shaoxing, eastern China's Zhejiang province will be the only major event for the athletes in 2020.
CHENGDU, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Powerhouses Qingdao Renzhou and Ruichang Biyuan will meet in the final of the 2020 China Badminton Super League (CBSL) after both clinched victories here on Sunday.
Walking off the pitch, Neymar told officials that he did so because he had been racially abused and the angry Brazilian tweeted after the match that his "only regret" was not hitting Gonzalez in the face.
BRATISLAVA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Four-time world triple jump champion Christian Taylor of the United States failed to live up to expectations as he was beaten by local hero Tomas Veszelka at the P-T-S Meeting in Samorin, Slovakia, on Friday.
The anarchy in injury time started with a tussle between Argentine pair Dario Benedetto of Marseille and Leandro Paredes of PSG, as the two players were both shown their second yellow cards and were sent off.
Thanks to the victory, Shanghai lead the table with 23 points, while Qingdao are seventh with seven points among the eight sides in the Suzhou division. Enditem