One suspects that Messi, who will be 35 when the next edition of football's showpiece tournament begins, will be a man on a mission during these qualifiers as he seeks to enhance his own legacy and end Argentina's nearly three-decade wait for major silverware.
The following games are scheduled for Saturday: Borussia Dortmund host Freiburg, Eintracht Frankfurt face Hoffenheim, Cologne entertain Borussia Monchengladbach, Werder Bremen encounter newcomers Arminia Bielefeld, newly-promoted Stuttgart clash with Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig play bottom side Schalke. Enditem
Edmond Tapsoba (R) of Leverkusen vies with Silas Wamangituka of Stuttgart during a German Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Stuttgart, Germany, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Philippe Ruiz/Xinhua)
Chaux, 28, replaces Napoli keeper David Ospina, who was barred from traveling after two players from the Italian club tested positive for coronavirus, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said on Monday.
"Since then, I've made huge progress because I've played a few big matches, against Simona, against Caroline Wozniacki and Naomi Osaka, and I think it helped me a lot and now I feel like I can handle the pressure," Swiatek added.
MADRID, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Athletic Club Bilbao have agreed a deal with Italian Serie A side Torino to sign 25-year-old winger Alex Berenguer.
Shanghai will face Shaanxi on Sunday, while Tianjin's opponents on Monday will be Jiangsu. Enditem
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been unfairly maligned by some for a perceived inability to reproduce his club form for Argentina. But the 33-year-old's record for his country stands tall against the greats of any era. Messi is his country's all-time leading scorer with 70 goals and 45 assists from 138 appearances.
TOKYO, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- A total of 11 top-team players and staff from Japan's Chiba Lottee Marines have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, the Japanese Pacific League baseball club announced on Tuesday.
PARIS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Top seed Simona Halep's 17-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday at Roland Garros, as the Romanian ended her run for a third major title 6-1, 6-2 following a devastating performance from Iga Swiatek in the women's singles fourth-round match.
Head coach Li Tie expressed gratitude for the CSL clubs and the players' participation. "They have endured intensive games and training for 70 days, which was very tough, but they made it through. I myself once took part in a lot of training camps with the national team and I understand they might want to spend more time with their family during the break," he said.