In a 13th round match between SIPG and Guoan, refereeing decisions caused controversy and conflict between the two sides. In all, six clubs have appealed to the Chinese Football Association regarding refereeing mistakes and omissions, which adds another challenge for the CSL to face.
With Paulo Dybala not fully fit, Pirlo started new signing Alvaro Morata to partner Ronaldo up front.
One player who is likely to miss out however, is striker Luka Jovic. The Serb was given a chance to show what he can do at the weekend, but produced another disappointing display (although he did provoke a red card for Betis defender Emerson). Everything points to Jovic being loaned out before the end of the season with Borja Mayoral remaining as backup to Karim Benzema.
Although the club offered no further explanation, merely stating the injury was "pending evolution," it means that Hazard (who didn't play in Madrid's first two matches of the new season) drops out of the squad to face Valladolid in the Alfredo Di Stefano this Wednesday night and makes him a major doubt for the weekend's away trip to play Levante.
The 2020 China Sports Show was also affected. The annual sports business show had originally been scheduled in May, but had to be postponed to September. For the same reason, the number of international participants was much smaller than last year.
Serge Gnabry (L) of Munich reacts during a German Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and TSG Hoffenheim in Hoffenheim, Germany, Sept. 27, 2020. (Xinhua)
At the same time, after entering the relegation group, Guangzhou R&F will try to secure its next season's CSL ticket in the second session games.
BERLIN, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Struggling Schalke 04 is pinning its hopes on the shoulders of a coaching duo to lead the club out of a massive crisis.
Atalanta's Alejandro Gomez scores his goal during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Atalanta in Rome, Italy, Sept. 30, 2020. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)
Ibrahima Niane scored in the 71st minute to give Metz the lead, but midfielder Morgan Sanson's goal in stoppage time saved the game for the hosts.
Diaz is a stylish right-sided defender, who is comfortable on the ball and should complement the left-footed Aymeric Laporte in the Manchester City defense. He already has international experience after forming part of the 2018 Portugal World Cup squad.