On the women's side, the FIVB website said the result is hard to predict because eight of the top 10, including the top six, in the FIVB rankings are not from Europe. Enditem
Atletico Mineiro, who are managed by former Argentina and Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli, now have 21 points from 10 matches, one point ahead of second-placed Internacional, who have a game in hand.
Former Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham is said to be a decisive factor as the 17-year-old impressed with his maturity when operating as a box-to-box midfielder.
The 48-year-old coach started his career in 2009 as the head coach of Iranian Pas Hamedan and then headed Iran's national U-23 team, Naft Tehran, Esteghlal and Zob Ahan.
Thiago began his career at FC Barcelona, progressing through the youth system with his brother Rafinha, and said one reason he joined Liverpool was that it had a "family" feeling.
PARIS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Julian Draxler's header in stoppage time earned Paris Saint-Germain a precious 1-0 win over Metz at home on Wednesday, ending the Ligue 1 defending champions' losing streak in the opening two games of the new season.
Thomas Tuchel's side welcomed back goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Marquinhos and forward Mauro Icardi after the trio were among seven players tested positive for COVID-19, but missed Kylian Mbappe, who is still in self-quarantine at home.
Abdou Diallo was sent off for a second yellow cards after 65 minutes and Juan Bernat limped off the pitch in the 85th minute, which forced Tuchel's side to have to play with nine men for the last 10 minutes.
ROME, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Italian Open with straight-set wins on Friday.
Dortmund gained momentum and pinned Duisburg in their territory before Thorgan Hazard's back-heel pass found youngster Jude Bellingham, who made no mistake to make it 2-0 from inside the box in the 30th minute.
"My idea was to play in a more competitive league. When I had the proposal from Deportivo Alaves I didn't hesitate to come here because I know that it is a league with very good players and a high level of competition," he added. Enditem