Jaloliddin Masharipov (2nd L) of Pakhtakor react after receiving a red card from the Jordanian referee Adham Makhadmeh during the AFC Champions League quarter-final match between Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan and Persepolis FC of Iran at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, capital of Qatar, Sept. 30, 2020. Persepolis FC won 2-0. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
Newly-crowned US Open winner Dominic Thiem also claimed straightforward victory as the Austrian beat 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 earlier in the afternoon.
With younger players getting more opportunities, the CSL has witnessed many success stories during the first stage. According to data from the first round, compared with the first 14 rounds of the 2019 season, coaches have increasingly been putting their trust in the youth with the total playing time of U23 players has increased by 6,822 minutes.
Thanks to effective COVID-19 control measures, more and more companies began to regain their energy in the second half of 2020.
"If we don't have advantage on strength, we should be much more confident than our opponents, and showing a stronger will to win," he added.
Salihamidzic seems to be facing a Herculean challenge to not only find a back-up for spearhead Lewandowski, an additional midfielder and a suitable full-back.
"I really wanted to give an effort here. It's my Achilles that didn't have enough to properly heal after the [US] Open. I was able to get it somewhat better, but just looking long-term in this tournament, will I be able to get through enough matches? For me, I don't think I could," said the three-time Roland Garros champion.
Evergrande had secured the top place of Group A before Sunday's match, while Dalian had dropped into the Final B.
Dalian had the chance to score the equalizer but Salomon Rondon's free-kick smacked the woodwork.
In the other game in the Chengdu division, after a goalless first half, Taizhou Yuanda broke the deadlock in the 54th minute to claim a 1-0 victory against Beijing Renhe, and Beijing BSU defeated Suzhou Dongwu 3-2.
MADRID, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman on Wednesday confirmed that the club is on the verge of signing right back Sergino Dest from Ajax.