"Living and training here every day, shut out from the outside world, the athletes were in low spirits. There was also a potential crisis because it was hard for them to fully mobilize themselves, so their training efficiency and their self-discipline were affected," he said, adding that public attention might help top athletes keep their motivation up.
In other matches on Sunday, Atletico Mineiro won 1-0 at Coritiba, Sport Recife beat Goias 2-1 at home, Gremio drew 1-1 at Atletico Goianiense, Vasco da Gama secured a 1-0 win at home to Athletico Paranaense and Palmeiras won 2-1 at Bragantino. Enditem
Spain now move top of Group A4, one point ahead of second-placed Ukraine. Germany are third on two points after they lost 1-0 to Switzerland.
The next edition of the FIFA World Cup will be played in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. Enditem
The Barcelona wonderkid cut inside from the left flank again before fizzing a spectacular finish beyond Pyatov from outside the area. Ferran Torres later completed the scoring for Spain.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian striker Luiz Muriqui's eligibility to play the ongoing Chinese Super League (CSL) has been questioned by Chinese media after the player returned from a visit to his new-born daughter to the field without seemingly going through any quarantine.
"It's a very difficult competition as you can see. We followed the coach's guidance to keep the clean sheet. The draw is acceptable for us," said Shenhua midfielder Zhu Baojie.
Meanwhile Atletico fans will want to see more from record signing Joao Tomas after the youngster showed signs of his undoubtable talent in his debut season in Spain. Simeone will not need the Portuguese to start leading the Atletico attack, rather than playing an attractive bit-part.
The 52-year-old replaces Alfonso Sosa, who was sacked on Friday after a 2-0 home defeat to Leon, a result that left Necaxa 15th in the 18-team standings with just two wins from eight matches.
The Leverkusen midfielder is said to be going for a medical check this weekend before joining the Blues for 100 million euros. Enditem
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach delivers a speech via video during the opening ceremony of the World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo 2020 in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 5, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Ming)