Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl called his club's group exciting "as we face Europe's top dogs." Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann might face the biggest challenge to repeat his side's semifinal performance last season, with key figures Timo Werner and Patrik Schick having left the club. Enditem
Plzen dominated the second half but Beer Sheva came closer to scoring, as Dutch striker Elton Acolatse hit the post in the 68th minute after a run from the halfway line.
The new season was delayed for over five months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The CSL, clubs and public health authorities have made the best provisions to avoid any risks, which adjusted to the "new normal" when China's most popular sports resumed.
In Sunday's other fixtures, Sassuolo enjoyed a 4-1 victory over newly-promoted Spezia, while Hellas Verona edged past Udinese 1-0. Enditem
PARIS, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- World number one Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round of the French Open after sweeping aside Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday.
Tang Miao shot the opener in the 42nd minute for Chengdu and his teammate Wu Guichao slotted home with a curled volley in the 79th minute, sealing the game against Inner Mongolia 2-0.
"I think it's a great variety shot, the dropshot. I think it's important tactically to have it and to use it at the right time so that you can keep your opponent always guessing what the next shot is," said the top seed, who is seeking his 18th Grand Slam title at Paris.
ASUNCION, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The president of Paraguayan club Olimpia, Marco Trovato, has received a lifetime football ban for match fixing, FIFA said on Monday.
ZHENGZHOU, China, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Bosnian defender Toni Sunjic has joined Henan Jianye on loan from fellow Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan, the clubs confirmed on Thursday.
Gianluca Caprari pulled one back for Benevento in the 34th minute, before Hakimi got his first goal for his new club in the 42nd minute.
ACCRA, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Ahead of the resumption of continental competitions, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has arranged an online workshop on club licensing and stadia to discuss with stakeholders the key elements in the organization of the game.