KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced updates to its 2020 competition calendar on Thursday, aiming to overcome difficulties caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Nathan Ake has been brought in to give more options at the back, but Guardiola's plans have been somewhat frustrated by new Spain international Eric Garcia's refusal to sign a new contract, and he could be Barcelona bound, while John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are not reliable enough over a long season.
Meanwhile, PSG's defender Layvin Kurzawa and his Marseille counterpart Jordan Amavi were also booked with direct red cards for a fight with each other in the disorder.
In the opening men's doubles, Zheng Siwei/Wang Yilv crushed Li Junhui/Ren Xiangyu 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 in just 21 minutes to gain the first point for Qingdao.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Azarenka seemed headed for an agonizing loss after being hammered 6-1 by Williams in the first set, but the 31-year-old turned the tide, raising up her level and reducing the unforced errors before securing the 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.
In a message posted on Weibo on Friday, Wang, China's highest-ranked female tennis player, said she made the decision toughly and withdrew from the 2020 season.
Sunday kicked off with Christian Tello's 94th minute goal giving Manuel Pellegrini a win in his debut as Betis coach and to ensure Pablo Machin begins his spell in charge at Alaves with a defeat.
The first goal of the new season was scored by Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette to help his side to a comfortable 3-0 win away to Fulham, who received notice of the difficulties awaiting them on their return to the Premier League.
Most Chinese internationals are expected to participate in the tournament with all the games to be played behind closed doors.
Radonjic scored 39 goals and 13 assists in 121 matches in Croatia.
"We need to give our talents the space to get minutes on the pitch," Hoeness replied.