Having run away with the 2019-20 Premier League, Liverpool started the new campaign in a similar fashion, with talismanic attacker Mohamed Salah opening the scoring from the penalty spot after just four minutes following a handball from Leeds defender Robin Koch.
Oscar Emboaba Junior and Yu Hai made the season's Chinese Super League title contender lead 2-0 in the first half against Chongqing Lifan.
Stage One involves 32 groups of four players, with the player who tops each group progressing to Stage Two.
"I always thought when I did leave that I would love to come back one day, the opportunity has now arisen and I feel like it is a good fit at a good time. I am hungry and motivated to do well for the team. I can't wait to get started," said Bale, who will wear the number 9 shirt.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- A dramatic stoppage-time goal from substitute Walter da Silva gave Brazil's Athletico Paranaense a 3-2 away victory over Bolivian side Jorge Wilstermann as the Copa Libertadores resumed from a six-month coronavirus hiatus on Tuesday.
"The dates of the first matches - October 8 and 13 - were ratified at the meeting, while President Infantino expressed FIFA's willingness for all national teams to be on equal terms," CONMEBOL said in a statement.
"We are confident in the system," said Zhang Chi, head of the CBA's Player Development Department.
MONTEVIDEO, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou said on Wednesday that his government is looking into how to allow the public to once again attend soccer matches, which returned on Aug. 8 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ricardo Goulart's volley gave Hebei a 10th minute lead before Guoan midfielder Renato Augusto made it 1-1 with a glorious chip in the 28th minute.
In the opening game, the Viola scored the winner in the 78th minute as Gaetano Castrovilli tapped in from Federico Chiesa's assist.
"When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can - and when you win, you want to win more. I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible," said the midfielder.