However, under the eccentric tutelage of coach Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds refused to lie down, and equalized in the 12th minute through Jack Harrison after a fine counter-attack.
TEHRAN, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Alexander Nouri, the Iranian-German coach, has been shortlisted to take charge of Iran's top-flight Esteghlal soccer club, Persian Football website reported on Thursday.
LONDON, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said on Thursday that it was "completely normal" that his side should look to strengthen its squad despite winning last season's Premier League title.
"Despite the influence of COVID-19 pandemic, all the host cities have been working hard to speed up venue construction. I believe the construction of ten professional stadiums will be completed by the end of 2022," noted Shi Qiang, secretary general of the organizing committee. Enditem
"He's an important leader for the team and a big part of what we're building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark and he can achieve that here," commented Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta. Enditem
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Qingdao Huanghai's hopes of avoiding relegation suffered a setback on Wednesday when the newly-promoted side lost to Chongqing Lifan 3-0 in the 11th round of the postponed 2020 Chinese Super League (CSL).
Despite Thursday's result, Flamengo are second in their Libertadores group with six points from three matches but with a negative goal difference. The Rubronegro remained in Ecuador after the clash in Quito to prepare for Tuesday's fixture against Barcelona SC in the Pacific port city of Guayaquil.
DOHA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Al-Ahli Saudi FC of Saudi Arabia became the first team to reach the 2020 AFC Champions League round of 16, with a late Marko Marin goal earning them a 1-0 win over Iraq's Al-Shorta in Group A on Monday.
Following the decision by the AFC's COVID-19 sub-committee to withdraw Al-Wahda and render their matches null and void, Al-Ahli found themselves in need of just three points to guarantee a top-two spot in the now three-team Group A.
LANZHOU, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Rhythmic music rang across the basement at the No. 2 High School of Jingyuan County in Northwest China's Gansu province. It echoed out from an aerobics training class for the students.
"We and our clubs have an extremely passionate fanbase in China and are looking forward to working with the team at Tencent to engage with fans in new ways over the coming season," he added.