However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has not been able to win a major trophy at international level; a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics notwithstanding. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar might be his last chance to change that.
Elsewhere, Santos rallied late to secure a 3-2 win at Goais. Marcos Leonardo, Jefferson and Marinho were on target for the visitor while Vinicius Lopes and Victor Andrade scored for Goias.
Arsenal continued its positive start to the season with a 2-1 win at home over Sheffield United, but Mikel Arteta's side had to endure a frantic end to its game after David McGoldrick curled home a spectacular 83rd minute goal for the visitors.
Tianjin maintained its tactical structure, and overwhelmed its opponent with a 14-2 run in the third set.
CHENGDU, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Dongguan was made to sweat before escaping with a 78-71 win over Sichuan in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Monday.
In contrast, a solid nine goals adorned the match in Banska Bystrica.
"I have to improve my control of the game in crunch time," Fang admitted. "It requires time, and I cannot worry about it too much. For every game, I have to prepare well beforehand and draw some experience after it to march forward, step by step."
Alba's natural replacement in the Barca squad, Junior Firpo, is also injured at the moment, although he is expected to be able to return to training in the coming days. Enditem
Domenec Torrent's men are now fourth in the 20-team standings, three points behind leader Atletico Mineiro.
"We aimed at testing the team, as the two sides have a big gap. Our players executed our tactics in transition, but we made too many mistakes," rued Hebei coach Ma Tao.
Mikel Oyarzabal's penalty after a slightly harsh handball decision opened the scoring in the 29th minute and Real Sociedad had the game completely under control before goals from Mikel Merino and Portu in the 78th and 81st minutes assured the three points.