Alan Kardec, who reached his 100th appearance in Chongqing Lifan, assisted Fernandinho Silva to break the deadlock in the 58th minute. Eight minutes later, the 31-year-old converted in a penalty chance.
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Bremen needed 30 minutes to gain a foothold into the game as Joshua Sargent tested Alexander Scholow with a long-range effort.
The season for the struggling 2007 German champions VfB Stuttgart might end up in a secure midfield place if the league's youngest side (23.8 years on average) side can catch up with the Bundesliga's quality level. Enditem
"The situation was complicated so it was important to win tonight. It's hard, we created some chances, but we're not 100%."
The 79,000-seat Maracana, which hosted the World Cup deciders in 1950 and 2014, was this month described as having the worst playing surface in Brazil by Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz.
"Our players are highly motivated to beat their opponents on Sunday. We are Esteghlal and can benefit from our previous experience in the competition," he added.
To be the first to win the national double a third consecuitive time in the league's history might be a driving thought for the titleholder.
It showed that in 56 percent of the incidents, perpetrators employed anti-Chinese hate speech, and that even though adults were present in almost half of the incidents, bystanders intervened in only 10 percent of the cases. Enditem
"It never occurred to me that I would leap out to 8.36m. Huang did a great job today, it motivated me too," the Asian champion said.
However, the return of Zinedine Zidane saw Marcelo return to favor and the signing of Ferland Mendy in 2019 saw Reguilon loaned to Sevilla (who are now coached by former Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui), where he played 38 times and scored three goals as Sevilla finished fourth in La Liga and won the Europa League for the sixth time in the club's history.