Sacking Loew before the Euro tournament next summer seems not an option as the coach's efforts are jeopardized by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the outcome of the Nations League campaign and the 2021 tournament might deliver answers about Loew's future. Enditem
BARRANQUILLA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz defended his decision to substitute James Rodriguez in Colombia's 3-0 victory over Venezuela in their CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier here on Friday.
Triggering the fulfilment of the new generation's potential requires more encouragement and time.
Xinjiang restrained Shanghai to five points in the first quarter and 18 at the break on the way to winning the game.
The match, played behind closed doors at Sammy Ofer Stadium in the northern city of Haifa, saw a strong start by the visitors, who missed several opportunities early.
Despite a big win, Sichuan coach Pan Wei said her team didn't play to what had been anticipated before the match.
"This is team spirit, solidarity, team football. Everyone has the responsibility to try to win the ball from the opponent and everyone has the condition to create. Sometimes he [Neymar] doesn't score but he provides assists. Football is a team sport. The important thing is that he played a great game."
The clash will be a replay of the 2019 Copa America final, which Brazil won 3-1 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Messi told Barcelona officials that he wanted to leave in August before changing his mind two weeks later to avoid a legal battle with the club he has called home since the age of 13.
"What my family wanted was to see me happy. There are things that are not known, but at Barcelona they send you away to train separately... My wife was the one who saw that I was down and let me take the opportunity. When Atletico came looking for me, I didn't hesitate for a moment."
Argentina has been one of the worst-affected countries by the virus with more than 856,000 positive cases and over 22,700 fatalities.