MADRID, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid began the defense of their La Liga title with a 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad on Sunday night in a game they controlled for long stretches but created few clear-cut chances.
TOKYO, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Organisers agreed Friday on about 50 simplification measures to reduce the cost for the postponed Olympic Games.
DALIAN, China, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Rafael Benitez's Dalian Pro failed to make the top eight spot after losing 3-1 to Shenzhen FC in the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Thursday.
"The national team is always an open house, without doors and without windows. A house of merit and responsibility, at the service of the team," the 67-year-old Portuguese said.
Monday's match also saw Guangzhou R&F edge Dalian Pro 1-0 by Ye Chugui's late goal in the 92nd minute. The three points also helped R&F join the chase for fourth place in Dalian.
The sending off killed the game for Desna as Wolfsburg assumed control and possession but for all that the hosts lacked in producing promising opportunities.
The second half started similar to the first as Leverkusen were the more active team whereas the "Wolves" lurked for their chances.
"I never imagined reaching these numbers. At Barca you have to constantly be performing at your best and I am proud to have been here as long as I have," commented Suarez.
The remaining eight teams of the league will form the other group, to be based in Dalian, to fight off relegation, with the last to be relegated and the second to last will vie for a birth for the next CSL season with the winner of the second-tier league. Enditem
It has been such a complicated summer for FC Barcelona that it is almost hard to know where to begin. Ronald Koeman takes over a side that is now without Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez, who joined Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. Lionel Messi will clearly be the focus of attention after his summer request to leave the club, but Antoine Griezmann has to step up after Suarez's departure and Frenkie de Jong has to do the same in a side now without Vidal and Rakitic.
"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.