GUAYAQUIL, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Fiorentina loanee Pedro and Uruguayan midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta scored first-half goals as defending champions Flamengo beat Barcelona SC 2-1 in their Copa Libertadores Group A match in Ecuador on Tuesday.
"It was very important to win our next match after the 5-0 defeat. The Copa Libertadores is not only about skill, it's also about heart. And the players showed that."
MADRID, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi on Friday launched a stinging criticism of the club's Board of Directors for their treatment of Luis Suarez.
Leipzig started their 58th Bundesliga season with a win and will face Bayer Leverkusen in the second round on Saturday. Enditem
It took the Argentinian giants until the 87th minute to break the deadlock at the Atanasio Girardot stadium as former Atletico Madrid winger Eduardo Salvio struck his fifth goal of the campaign.
"There is a lot of talk about a tight season and our small squad. I am sure we will have a strong squad with every position doubled up," goalkeeper Manuel Neuer commented.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Teenage Botafogo forward Luis Henrique Lima is close to joining Olympique de Marseille, according to reports in the Brazilian press.
The 16-team CSL was split into two groups, with each group of eight teams based respectively in Dalian and Suzhou. Both groups will play 14 rounds in the first phase, which is to end next Monday.
Later on Thursday, Beijing also celebrated a 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21) victory against Yunnan.
The teams had been due to meet at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on September 30, but Costa Rican federation Fedefutbol said it had no choice but to withdraw from the match because of quarantine rules.
The South American zone World Cup qualifiers were originally scheduled to begin in late March but were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.